Uganda has been recognized as the most entrepreneurial country in some reports and perhaps the young population stands at 77% scoring the youngest population percentage in the world under 30 years of age. The kind of population has ushered in high rates of unemployment due to many factors which remain a serious policy challenge in the country.
Enstartup a blog focused on start-ups in Uganda has rolled out an accelerator dubbed inCcelerate which is a full-time 3 month employment opportunity that will enable graduates and tech savvy’s to become an enMember, where you work with other smart and talented enMembers and get to refine their skills as inCcelerate creates a culture where prototyping, modeling, tinkering are the norm and fail fast is acceptable.
Uganda’s ecosystem is made more problematic by the fact that there’s a lack of startup culture among local startups. Parents have a lot of say on their children’s choice of career and prefer corporate jobs and a lot of local investors prefer to invest in real estate other than looking at technology and a lack of development talent graduating from local universities whose curriculum does not support practical learning.
The Universities seem not be doing enough to produce a typical computer science or software engineering student that our industry is looking for, as the emerging trends in such fields keep changing every time.
Within the three months of intensive learning, inCcelerate seeks to offer entrepreneurs a solid framework and a practical pathway to design the best possible product/service by providing a rigorous hands-on startup curriculum including solid design instruction, and it doesn’t require someone to have a degree to join the program.
“Our work involves increasing the capacity of startups to collaborate, creating avenues for multi-directional learning, both formal and informal and space where constructive feedback is welcomed” – noted Moris Atwine, Founder enStartup
He further revealed that they want to build an ecosystem that enables us to constantly deliver and therefore intend to build a community, not just a workplace, and eventually provide an environment for continuous engagement to refine the ecosystem.
To be part of the first Cohort, Applications can be done from here