The largest gathering of the
Startup Ecosystem
in Uganda.


Recovery . Resilience . Innovation

Nov 26th - 28th 2020


Recovery Resilience Innovation

This year’s KIW will be hosted as primarily a virtual event under the theme, Recovery. Resilience. Innovation: Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a tool for the youth“. The three day event, taking place on Nov 26th – Nov 28th will look to achieve the following:

Explore ways in which SMEs can recover from the C-19 pandemic and operate in a post covid economy.

Highlight the ways in which various ecosystem stakeholders (ESOs, government, academic bodies, investors etc) can contribute to these recovery efforts.

Highlight and showcase entrepreneurs and startups already showing resilience and innovation when tackling the pandemic and it's effects.


Richard Zulu

Team Lead, Outbox & Chairperson, Startup Uganda

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

General Partner & Co-founder of Future Africa, Co-founder Andela & Flutterwave

Dr. Julian Nyamahunge Adyeri Omalla

Founder & Managing Director of Delight Uganda Limited group of Companies & Global Food Securities

TMS (Teddy) Ruge

Founder & CEO, Raintree Farms & Co-founder Hive Colab

Chris Lukolyo

Digital Country Lead, UNCDF

Norhizam Abdul Kadir

VP of Fintech & Islamic
Digital Economy, MDEC

Dr. Gudula Naiga Basaza

Managing Director, Gudie Leisure Farm

Badru Ntege

CEO & Co-Owner, NFT Consult Ltd

CK Japheth

Co-Founder and Team Lead, The Innovation Village

Li Laura

Vice President of Investment at Future Hub, Investor

Ryosuke (Rio) Yamawaki

General Partner, Kepple Africa Ventures, Investor

John Ndabarasa

Startup Engagement Associate at NTF IV Uganda and #FastTrackTech projects, UN - International Trade Centre

Jean K. Makki

Community Lead, Design Hub Kampala & Vice Chairperson, Startup Uganda

Mark Mutaah

Managing Partner, Bid Network, Investor

Maxime Bouan

Partner, SeedStars Africa Ventures, Investor

Kenneth Legesi

CEO/CIO at Ortus Africa Capital/The 97Fund & Co-Founder/Trustee Kampala Angel Investment Network

Charlène Cabot

Manager of the Response Innovation Lab

Humphrey Nabimanya

Founder & Team Leader, Reach A Hand Uganda

Edirisa Sembatya

Senior Programme Manager, UGEFA

Christine Meyer

Programme Coordinator, UGEFA

Jaki Mebur

Market Engagement Manager, GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Programme for Africa.

Martin Karanja

Director, GSMA Innovation Fund

Paula Mugisa

Founder and Team Lead at Teesa Advisory

Gerald Otim

Founder, Ensibuuko

Lukonga Lindunda

Co-founder and Executive Director, BongoHive

Barbara Birungi

Co-founder, Hive Colab & Founder, Women In Technology Uganda

Allan Rwakatungu

Founder, Xente

Phyllis Kyomuhendo

Founder, MSCAN

Richard Ndahiro

Inclusive Digital Economy Expert, UNCDF

Dmitry Pozhidaev

Regional Technical Advisor, UNCDF

Martin Labbe

Tech Sector Development coordinator & NTF IV programme manager | International Trade Centre

Tomi Davies

Collaborator-in-Chief at TechnoVision, Chief Investment Officer at Greentec Capital Partners (GCP) & President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).

Arnold Byarugaba

Lead MSME at Mastercard Foundation

Gilbert Buregyeya

Manager, Makerere Innovation & Incubation Center

Samantha Niyonsaba

Lead, Innovation as a Service, The Innovation Village

Yamamoto Koichiro

Deputy Director, JICA

Dr. Fredrick Kitoogo

Principal, Uganda Institute of ICT

Neville Igasira

Hub Director, Hive Colab

Elijah Kitaka

Co-founder & CEO, FEZAH

Daniel Duke Odongo

Partnerships Director, Amara Hub

Ville Wacklin

Senior Program Manager, Finn Church Aid

Takeshi Oikawa

Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Jenni Lähteenmäki

Account Manager, Finn Church Aid

Bart Cornille

Institutional Development Expert, Enabel Uganda

Vanessa Atim

Founder, ProInterns

John Walugembe

Executive Director, Federation of SMEs Uganda

Leo Henghes

Founder & Team Lead, United Social Ventures

Vaolah Amumpaire

Founder, Wena Hardware

Emile Kwilyame

Co-founder, Lazima Nipate Academy, The SINA Community in Kampala

Matthias Möbius

Co-Founder of StartHub Africa

Roger Balamaga

Founder, Rogers Bites & Social Media Influencer 

Manuela Mulondo

Founder, The Cradle UG & Bump Love

Mona Umutoni

Founder, Mona Faces


(Click sessions for event recap)

Launch Event [10:00am ]

10:00am - 10:10am

Opening remarks – Chairperson Startup Uganda

10:10am - 10:20am

Showcasing the resilience of entrepreneurs in Uganda: Video stories from entrepreneurs in Uganda that include Tubayo, Hamwe, Ensibuuko

10:20am - 10:40am

Key Note: Jullian Omalla | Cheers 

10:40am - 11:40am

Panel conversation: An ecosystem approach to fostering the resilience and recovery of the Ugandan entreprenuer
1. Policy: Ministry of Trade / Finance | Amelia Kyambadde
2. Entreprenuer: Amos Wekesa
3. Entreprenuer: Gudie Leisure Farm
5. Development sector: UNCDF

Moderated by: Barbara [WITU]

11:45am - 11:50am

Remarks from main Startup Uganda partner (UNCDF) & invitation of Guest of Honor 

11:50am - 12:00pm

Official kickoff of KIW’20:-Speech from NITA-U, Executive Director

End of launch event [12:00pm]

12:00pm - 4:00pm

NTF4 Pitch Competition 

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Building resilient ecosystems and startups: Learnings from advanced ecosystems
Session by NORHIZAM ABDUL KADIR: VP. Growth and Ecosystem Development: Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Moderator: CK Japheth

2:00pm - 4:30pm

The role of the development sector in market creating innovation by The Innovation Village, Fingo PowerBank & Finn Church Aid

Moderator: The Innovation Village

3:20pm - 4:30pm

Panel discussion: “The Path Towards a Startup Act for Uganda”
1. MoICT
2. Richard Zulu | Startup Uganda
3. John Walugembe| Federation of SME’s
4. Allan | Xente
Moderated by: Badru [NFT Mawazo]

3:20pm - 4:30pm

The MoTIV Experience and Creatives Stories

3D Pottery Sessions | Tailoring | Capentry

Run by MoTIV

Discussion: Opportunities for recovery and growth for the Ugandan Entrepreneur

09:30am - 09:50am

Key note [20 min] : Mastercard Foundation

09:50am - 10:20am

UGEFA (Green Economy): Key Note: Setting The Scene – Financing Uganda’s Green Economy Through Entrepreneurial Solutions

10:20am - 10:25am

Video interlude

10:25am - 11:25am

GREEN DAY | Practitioner Dialogue: Banking On Smes For An Inclusive, Resilient Economy In Uganda

Moderated by: UGEFA

11:30am - 12:30pm

Topic: What should the next decade look like for the Uganda Entrepreneur?

Key Note: Iyinoluwa Aboyeji [An African perspective] 

1. Gerald Otim
2. TMS Ruge
3. Phyllis | MScan
4. Paula Mugisa

Moderated by: Gilbert Buregyeya

Watch Session Recap

2:00pm - 3:30pm

UGEFA (Green Economy):
Practitioner Lab: Tapping Into Green-Climate Finance As A Financial Institution In Uganda

2:00pm - 3:30pm

UGEFA Application Clinic

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Building Pandemic Resilience for Businesses by The Innovation Village and
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Talent Africa Panel. Creative Industries & Innovation

Moderator: Design Hub

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Key Note Martin Labbe: 20 mins 

Panel Discussion: Innovation hubs – Rethinking business models, sustainability, impact 

1. CC Hub
2. BongoHive
3. Design hub
4. D4D Hub (Enabel) Bart Cornille |AEDIHB | D4DHUB

Moderated by: Leo (United Social Ventures)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Talent Africa Panel. Creative Industries & Innovation

Moderator: Design Hub

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Key Note Martin Labbe: 20 mins (LIVE VIRTUAL SESSION)

Panel Discussion: Innovation hubs – Rethinking business models, sustainability, impact (LIVE IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL SESSION)

1. CC Hub
2. BongoHive
3. Astro labs (Dubai)
4. Design hub
5. D4D Hub (Enabel) Bart Cornille |AEDIHB | D4DHUB

Moderated by: Leo (United Social Ventures)

Discussion: Rethinking the approach to startup financing

08:00am - 01:00pm

ENABEL Digital Ninja Boot Camp

Watch Session Recap

10:00am - 10:20am

Key Note [20 min]: Tomi Davies: President – African Business Angel Network (ABAN)

10:20am - 10:25am

Video Interlude (RIL Pitch Competition Recap)

10:25am - 11: 25am

Panel conversation: Rethinking the approach to startup financing
1. ITC | John
2. KAIN | Kenneth
3. Open Capital Advisors
5. Entrepreneur: Viola | Wena Hardware

Moderator: Neville

Watch Session Recap

11:30am - 12:30pm

Panel discussion: Innovation for Humanitarian Response and Development
1. Reach A hand UG
3. Starthub Africa

Moderated by: Charlene [Response Innovation Lab]

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Practitioner Lab: Delivering Growth Capital To Green Smes Through Tailored Financial Solutions

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Panel Session: Luxury goods & services and C-19: What defines their new normal?
Roger Balamaga, FEZAH director, Manuela Mulondo + Mona Faces

Moderator: Racheal Mwine/Brain Mulondo/Pumla Nabachwa

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Closing Event and Startup Uganda Awards

Startup Awards:
> Startup of the year [ overall and by sector]
> Startup Champion of the year [Corporate sector, public sector, Development sector]



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