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

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

Chris Lukolyo

Digital Country Lead, UNCDF

Mark Mutaah

Managing Partner, Bid Network, Investor

Maxime Bouan

Partner, SeedStars Africa Ventures, Investor

Li Laura

Vice President of Investment at Future Hub, Investor

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

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

TMS (Teddy) Ruge

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


Launch Event [10:00 ]

10:00 - 10:10

Opening remarks – Chairperson Startup Uganda

10:10 - 10:20

The resilience of entrepreneurs in Uganda | A video showcase

10:20 - 10:40

Key Note: An ecosystem approach to fostering the resilience and recovery of the Ugandan entreprenuer

10:40 - 11:40

Panel conversation: An ecosystem approach to fostering the resilience and recovery of the Ugandan entrepreneur

11:45 - 12:00

Official kickoff of KIW’20

12:00 - 16:00

Pitch Competition by ITC

End of launch event [12:00]

14:00 - 15:00

Building resilient ecosystems and startups: Learnings from advanced ecosystems

Speaker: Norhizam Abdul Kadir, VP, Growth and Ecosystem Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

14:00 - 16:00

The role of NGOs in market creating innovation

Speaker: The Innovation Village


15:00 - 16:30

3D Pottery Sessions | Tailoring | Capentry


15:20 - 16:30

The path towards a Startup Act for Uganda

Key note (20mins)

Discussion: Opportunities for recovery and growth for the Ugandan Entrepreneur


Key note [20 min]

UGEFA GREEN DAY | Key Note: Setting The Scene – Financing Uganda’s Green Economy Through Entrepreneurial Solutions

10:00 - 10:20

UGEFA GREEN DAY | Key Note: Setting The Scene – Financing Uganda’s Green Economy Through Entrepreneurial Solutions

10:20 - 10:25

Video interlude

10:25 - 11: 55

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

11:30 - 12:30

What should the next decade look like for the Ugandan Entrepreneur?

Key Note (20 Mins)

Panel Discussion [40 min]

14:00 - 15:30

UGEFA GREEN DAY | Practitioner Lab – Tapping Into Green-Climate Finance As A Financial Institution In Uganda

15:00 - 16:00

UGEFA GREEN DAY | Future Outlook – Aligning the Ecosystem with Green Opportunities


15:00 - 16:00

Innovation hubs: Rethinking business models, sustainability, impact [Key note 50 min]

Panel Discussion [40 min]

Evening Wind Downs

17:00 - 18:00

Fireside Chat

Discussion: Rethinking the approach to startup financing

10:00 - 10:10

Key Note [20 min]

10:10 - 10:20

Video interlude

10:25 - 11: 25

Rethinking the approach to startup financing
Panel conversation

11:30 - 12:30

Innovation for Humanitarian Response and Development
Panel discussion

14:00 - 15:30

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

15:30 - 16:00

Communication and MSMEs: What needs to change with the new normal?
Panel Discussion


Closing Event and Startup Uganda Awards

Evening Wind Downs

17:00 onwards

Closing concert / Party (Sponsored by SafeBoda)