Kampala Innovation Week 2020 Set To Go Virtual

Kampala Innovation Week 2020: 4th Edition set to go virtual

The 4th Edition of the Kampala Innovation Week is here and for the first time, it’s going virtual. Dubbed as the “largest gathering of the Startups Ecosystem in Uganda”, this year’s Innovative Virtual Experience will be run under the theme: “Recovery, Resilience & Innovation: Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a tool for the youth”.

According to Startup Uganda, this virtual event will take place from 26th to 28th November 2020 and will be supported by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Enable and the International Trade Center (ITC). The event seeks to share views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on entrepreneurship and innovation in Uganda by bringing together startups, investors, social innovators, corporations, development partners and government ministries, agencies and departments.

Discussions about numerous innovative solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic challenges as well as opportunities will be conducted. However, the three-day event is mainly hinged on:

  • Exploring the different ways in which SMEs can recover and thrive in a post-COVID-19 economy.
  • Highlighting the ways in which various eco-system stakeholders like ESOs, governments, investors, academia, among others, can contribute to these recovery efforts.
  • Highlighting and showcasing entrepreneurs and startups who have demonstrated resilience and innovation in tackling the impact of the pandemic and its effects.

Startup Uganda’s Richard Zulu said that since businesses had been badly affected by the COVID-19 effects, there was a need to reframe their models, repurpose their workstreams, halt operations or close hence the recovery and resilience of SMEs were critical in ensuring that lives and livelihoods were improved.

In addition, Chris Lukolya, the Digital Country Lead at UNCDF, said that due to the disruption of the normal ways of work and business across many sectors had driven many of them to resort to digital solutions in addressing day-to-today challenges. He adds that they had to support initiatives like the Kampala Innovation Week to promote inclusive innovation to deliver services for the local digital economy.

This year’s virtual event seeks to meet the needs of the startup ecosystem in Uganda by empowering robust online resources and learning opportunities across the global innovation space. Expected discussions will capture topics like “Shifting from damage control to sustainable renewed methods of conducting business”, “Policy and investment dialogue for ‘the new normal’” and “Staying ahead of the curve in order to thrive and not just survive,”

There will also be engagements and networking of over 2000 attendees with notable speakers and peers, a choice to attend their preferred sessions, as well as virtually browsing through the exhibition halls in real-time through the event platform.

For registration or exhibition at the event, check out the Kampala Innovation Week official website here

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