Young innovators discuss the role of incubators at MUBS Entrepreneurship ConferenceKathryn
On Tuesday, 23rd October 2018, young entrepreneurs from different universities engaged in a discussion about the role of incubators while attending this year’s Kick-off event, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Incubation Center’s (EIIC) 13th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference which was held at Makerere University Business School (MUBS).
Among the Universities that participated include; Kyambogo University, UMI, Gulu University, MUBS and other non-university business incubation centres. The conference was held under the theme “Stimulating Innovations among Public Universities and the Role of incubators funded by loans to the Government of Uganda.”
The conference was graced by top entrepreneurship gurus including MUBS’ Professor Wasswa Balunywa, who also doubles as the University’s Principal and Chairman of the EIIC Board. Also in attendance was Mrs. Diana Ntamu, the EIIC Director, as well as Prof. Peter Rosa from the University of Edinburgh, UK.
The event featured presentations from various incubators who demonstrated their entrepreneurship skills as well as shared their innovations during the conference. Among the incubators that presented was Khalifah Dhilal, the proprietor of ‘Khalif Organic International’
Khalifah showcased various products including dried eggs, banana, ginger and many other products.
Aisha Namugembe presented on behalf of Teheca Ltd. Teheca were the winners of the 48-hour innovation express which was held in Kenya July 2017. The team has developed the Prepared Mama Bag & they officially launched the postnatal care mobile phone app which is aimed at supporting new mothers & other postnatal challenges faced in Uganda today.
The Higher Education Science and Technology Project funded by the African Development Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Education supported the establishment of Business Incubation Centres in Universities. PSFU was tasked with the responsibility of providing technical support to all the HEIs and Universities to operationalize the Business Incubation Centres and provide the key linkages with the productive sectors. MUBS is one of the beneficiary Universities among others.