Startup Uganda launched the 5th Kampala Innovation Week, on 5th October 2021.
The event will be hosted as a hybrid (primarily virtual) under the theme, “Harnessing the power of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Uganda’s digital transformation and job creation” will take place from November 22 – 26 2021 with a focus on innovation for national development.
The event, as always, has attracted both local and international partners, including but not limited to UNCDF, UNDP, KAS, Enabel, and Guinness.
KIW 2021 hopes to attract even more people than KIW 2020, reaching up to 20,000 virtual participants throughout the five days, with an even higher number expected over the two-week pre-event period.
With the opportunity to gather even more renowned and accomplished speakers, KIW 2021 promises to be a space dedicated to stimulating and directional discussion with a sharp focus on digital transformation, job creation, and economic sustainability in light of innovation.
The vice-chairperson of Startup Uganda, Jean Kukunda explained that the 2021 Innovation Week will be a space dedicated to digital transformation, job creation, and economic sustainability in light of innovation.
“It is a crucial time for the innovation space in Uganda. Our responses to the effects of the pandemic especially within the sectors of agriculture, education, and health are going to be great determinants of the economic trajectory in years to come. Making sure that spaces like Kampala innovation week are kept alive is a critical part of this development,” she said.
Kukunda officially opened nominations for Startup Uganda Awards 2021 that will recognize trailblazing tech innovations that have created solutions for Ugandan challenges.
The categories for nomination include; education, agriculture, health, technology, and communication.
Without giving many details, she noted that the winners will be given a cash prize and the nomination will close at the end of October.
Nominees will be unveiled during innovation week.