The Innovation Village has been launched this week in Jinja starting from 24th to 28th with various activities on the different days.
The Innovation Village Game Changers Roadshow has expanded startup entrepreneurship and youth innovation to the North, East and Western regions of Uganda. The hub seeks to grow Startups, SMEs and Purpose-Driven Enterprises, with ways to deliver solutions for community challenges.
The Roadshow started with Gulu and then Jinja with Mbarara coming next. The space in Jinja is situated on a 1920s Madhvani building Located at Plot 5, Main Street, Jinja opposite DHL and Posta.
Hope the expansion enables the Innovation Village’s aim of achieving their targets such as: creation of 300,003 direct new jobs for young people from which another 60,657 indirect jobs (20%) will be created, skilling 230,000 young people and facilitating 163,010 new linkages.
Their overall goal is to create a destination that grows companies that matter (Startups, SMEs and Purpose-Driven Enterprises) and centered around solving their biggest industry and community challenges.
Everybody with an idea that could transform society should be given the opportunity to see what that idea could become. Thanks to the Village for welcoming everyone determined to make their ideas happen.
The innovation community should be brought together to grow the economy and make an impact, innovation can drive a new economy and should be more than just a word that’s thrown around.
The startups should be supported to build new technologies not only to create jobs and economic prosperity, but to tackle big problems and improve people’s lives.
Since the Innovation Village is NOW in Jinja City, we hope to see them work with Jinja creatives and young entrepreneurs through sharing experiences and imparting information that will enable the growth of thriving and sustainable businesses.
Insightful discussions at the stakeholder round table in collaboration for developing the best approach to customize services that will serve the youth of Jinja better, Benard Lwigale- CEO AB Computer Solutions had this to say:
Stakeholders co-create a space that they feel would best address the needs of a young entrepreneur in Jinja to pick interest in building their idea into a sustainable venture.
“I hope the space will have events that can inspire young people to take action, be a space for them to refine their ideas and at the end of the day earn some money.” Benard added