16th - 18th October 2019


Uganda’s innovation community under one roof

The KIW19 aims to assemble all key players and stakeholders in the Startup Ecosystem to raise Uganda’s profile in the startup space, provide visibility to it’s startups, both locally & internationally and thereby attract investors and enable global partnerships.

Event Structure

Discover/Showcase Zone

Exhibition Space
Pitching Competition

Conference+ Masterclasses

Plenary sessions
Thematic side sessions /

Engage Zone

Mentor/Investor speed dating with Entrepreneurs.
‘Cafeteria area’ with coffee, tea and snacks where all members can engage.



Uganda’s latest innovations by
startups, private sector players and
development partners

Platforms and resources available
for ecosystem players


Innovative solutions to community
challenges that You'll Discover

Opportunities for investment

Challenges in the ecosystem


Potential partners / customers

Potential investors / investees

Development partners on the place of
innovation in their programs

Policy makers – to discuss sector
challenges and opportunities

With thought leaders on how to take
the ecosystem to the next level


& aspiring

startup hubs

Local / regional
VC-Funds &
Angel Investors

experts & investors

Academic & governmental
bodies supporting
the ecosystem



(Subject to change)

9:00 - 13:00Launch Event: Theme: Taking Uganda’s startup ecosystem to the next level;
9:00Entertainment | Cultural performance? Ndere Troupe.
9:15Opening remarks
10:00Testimonials : Inspiring the next generation of Ugandan innovators
10:20Panel conversation: Taking Uganda’s startup ecosystem to the next level. The missing pieces
11:20Key Note: Taking Uganda’s startup ecosystem to the next level: Learnings from advanced ecosystems (MDEC – Malaysia) –including Q&A
12:20Guest of Honor Remarks (GoU)
12:50Guests tour Exhibition area (end of launch event)
14:00 - 15:00Side session: Adoption of ICT innovations by the Ugandan private sector
Side session: Creating jobs for Youths. The role of Ugandan startups and innovators.
Side session: Scaling up and crossing borders.
15:15 - 16:15Masterclass (Gamification Challenge): How to include it in your business growth strategy Masterclass Butterfly Works to host a class and then come up with a game to be launched on final day. Perhaps work hand in hand with Cocacola?
Masterclass: INCLUSIVE TOOLS. For development partners and entrepreneurs.
Master class: Legal Clinic: know-how on the most pressing entrepreneurial legal issues in a “ask-the-expert”
15:00 - 17:00Pitch Competition [day 1] 10 teams –retain 4
9:00Key note: Rosa Malango – UN Resident Coordinator
9:20 - 10:20Plenary discussion: Digital innovation and the SDG’s. What role can Ugandan innovators play in achieving Agenda 2030.
10:25 - 11:25Plenary Discussion: Breaking the silos in building innovations for development in Uganda
12:00 - 13:00Key note: How we made it in Africa: Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
14:00 - 15:00Side sesion: Creating jobs for Youths. The role of Ugandan startups and innovators. |
Side session: Refugee Entrepreneurship: Lessons learned from supporting Startups in vulnerable contexts/IT for Offline Communities: How to ensure it is context specific.
Side Session: The business of fashion. Panel Conversation.
Side session: Customer is always King. Lessons in Customer Care
15:15 - 16:15Masterclass: Social Media and the Startup. How and When?
Masterclass: Intuitive Interfaces: Website and app development
Masterclass: Crash Course: Design Thinking 101
15:00 - 17:00Pitch Competition[day 2] 10 teams –retain 4
17:15 - 18:15Failure Night: Personal experience of business failure. What went wrong?
9:00 - 10:00Key note: Where is the money?: The financing challenge for startups.
10:10 - 11:10Unlocking the financing challenge for Ugandan startups
11:30 - 12:30Side Session: Funding: How to start on your own, when to begin looking for investors, what kind to look for depending your level.
“Side Session: Angel Investing and it’s potential for funding Ugandan Startups “
Side session: Female Entrepreneurship: A catalyst for social change.
Side session: The importance of mentorship
14:00 - 15:00Masterclass: How to build a talent startup team, especially regarding ways to attract quality talent other than by providing company shares
Masterclass: Impact Investing (How to measure your impact as a social enterprise)
Masterclass: Investor readiness 101: VC Funds
16:15 - 18:00Closing event: Final pitch competition (to investors), 8 retained teams present, Announcement of final winners + concert
15:00 - 16:00Fireside chat: The DNA of a successful entrepreneur.


We are an initiative spearheaded by key players in the Ugandan Startup Ecosystem who, with the support of the UN Capital Development Fund, aim to consolidate and connect the activities of all it's stakeholders.

We catalyze developments in the sector through increased engagement, information exchange, and more targeted communication. Our mission is to support the growth of the Ugandan Startup Ecosystem by maximizing its exposure to international investment & partnerships and telling the story of Ugandan Entrepreneurship to a global audience.