Empowering youth to launch their businesses through entrepreneurship camps, mentorship, and a sequence of regional & national competitions.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Over 78% of Uganda's population is under 30, and over 80% of these youth are unemployed. While innovative and driven, many youth lack basic business principles knowledge to help them thrive. Uganda is one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world and while millions of businesses are initiated each year, the majority of startups do not survive the dynamic and challenging environment of doing business. StartUp Uganda equips youth with business and entrepreneurship skills to contribute to personal and community economic development through a multi-tiered program:
1. Entrepreneurship Camps - Each camper gains practical business skills, completes his or her own draft of a business plan that includes a socially conscious component, and presents his or her business idea in a mock pitching contest.
2. Mentorship - youth identify mentors who are then trained by our partners and provide guidance and feedback as youth build their businesses and ideas.
3. Regional Business Plan Competitions - youth compete with others in their region for a chance to win resources their businesses need.
4. National Business Plan Competition - top winners from Regionals move on to compete for seed funding, mentorship, marketing assistance, internships with established businesses, etc.
StartUp Uganda launched in 2016 and is currently in the first cycle of the program. All funding allocated to StartUp Uganda will go directly towards the next cycle in 2017 and expanding the initiative.
The primary beneficiaries of StartUp Uganda are youth aged 14-25 years old who are both in and out-of-school. Youth learn practical business skills, have access to potential investment for their ideas, and are provided opportunity to build professional networks. Secondary beneficiaries are our Ugandan facilitators who enhance business and facilitation skills. Tertiary beneficiaries include youth in our participants' clubs and mentors as camp knowledge is shared through peers and training.
All youth learn the basics of a business plan and use a template similar to the Lean Canvas model to work on their business idea. Here, Sharon shares her StartUp Business Canvas.
Campers practice building a budget with one of our facilitators during Camp Central.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU
Based in Kampala & West Nile, Uganda, we are a team working in collaboration with U.S. Peace Corps Uganda and Youth Alive Uganda. Peace Corps Volunteers work directly with our youth and provide them with support throughout the initiative. Youth Alive Uganda has built the core of our mentor program.
StartUp Staff, Peace Corps Volunteers, Youth Alive Uganda, and Camp North facilitators.
WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?
EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)
Yes, for more than one year.
EXPERTISE IN SECTOR
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year