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 - 10:30Key Note (Breaking the silos in building digital innovations for development in Uganda)
11:45 - 12:45Pitch Competition phase 1 (2 winners)
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Panel conversation: Taking Uganda’s startup ecosystem to the next level. The missing pieces
15:00 - 16:00Pitch Competition phase 2 (2 winners)
16:00 - 17:30Fireside Chat: Scaling up and crossing borders
10:45 - 11:45Funding: How to start on your own, when to begin looking for investors, what kind to look for depending your level. Side Session
11:45 - 12:45“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vs. Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Masterclass “
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
15:00 - 16:00“Financial clinic. Cash flow management & bookkeeping. Masterclass “
10:45 - 11:45Refugee Entrepreneurship: Lessons learned from supporting Startups in vulnerable contexts. Side session
11:45 - 12:45“How to create inclusive tools, for development partners and entrepreneurs? Masterclass “
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
15:00 - 16:00“Legal Clinic: know-how on the most pressing entrepreneurial legal issues in a “ask-the-expert” Side Session “
10:45 - 11:45Gamification Challenge: How to include it in your business growth strategy Masterclass
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
15:00 - 16:00“Social Media and the Startup. How and When? Masterclass”
9:00 - 10:30Plenary: Digital innovation and the SDG’s. What role can Ugandan startups play in achieving Agenda 2030
11:45 - 12:45Pitch Competition phase 1 (2 winners)
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Looking inside the box. What role can the Ugandan private sector play in unlocking success for Startups? Panel discussion
15:00 - 16:00Pitch Competition phase 2 (2 winners)
16:00 - 17:30Failure Night: Personal experience of business failure. What went wrong?
10:45 - 11:45Using Crowdfunding to boost your Startup Side Session
11:45 - 12:45Invester readiness 101: VC Funds Masterclass
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
15:00 - 16:00Impact Investing (How to measure your impact as a social enterprise) Masterclass
10:45 - 11:45The DNA Of A Successful Entrepreneur Side Session
11:45 - 12:45Customer is always King. Lessons in Customer Care Masterclass
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
15:00 - 16:00How to build a talent startup team, especially regarding ways to attract quality talent other than by providing company shares Masterclass
10:45 - 11:45The business of fashion. Panel Conversation. Side session
11:45 - 12:45Testing your product and prototyping. A step by step guide. Masterclass
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
15:00 - 16:00Gamification Challenge: Present & Pick one of the games to be played. Masterclass
9:00 - 10:30Panel Conversation: Copy, edit, Paste: What can Uganda’s startup ecosystem learn from the rest of the world? (Announce the winning game being played all day.)
11:45 - 12:45Female Entrepreneurship: A catalyst for social change. Panel Conversation
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
15:00 - 16:00Announce the winner of the game. Final Pitch Competition (Among 8 finalists)
16:00 - 17:30Kwivuga Concert
Angel Investing and it’s potential for funding Ugandan Startups Side Session
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Creating jobs for Youths. The role of Ugandan startups and innovators. Side Session
10:45 - 11:45The importance of mentorship: Manage Mentor – Mentee relations Side session
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Building a Business culture of Leaders, not Followers Side Session
10:45 - 11:45IT for Offline Communities. How to ensure it is context specific. Side Session
12:45 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:00Intuitive Interfaces: Website and app development Side Session


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.