The 2020 Kampala Innovation Week Goes Virtual, here is what to expect

The 2020 Kampala Innovation Week (KIW) edition which doubles as the 4th round of the annual event is going virtual. Launched today by Startup Uganda, the event is the largest Startup gathering point in Uganda.

Due to the current COVID19 Pandemic, the 2020 edition of the event will be held online from 26th to 28th November 2020.

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By bringing together startups, social innovators, investors, corporations, development partners, Government Ministries, and Agencies. This year’s edition will focus on the impact of COVID19 on local Innovations.

Under the theme ” Recovery & Resilience: Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a tool for the youth“. The event will have broad discussions on the general impact of the current COVID19 Pandemic on ENterepeurneyo[ and Innovation in Uganda.

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How to Register and Participate in Kampala Innovation Week 2020

Given the fact that this year’s KIW round will be held online due to Social distance as a mandatory safety measure. Over 2000 attendees are expected to engage with speakers and peers online.

The virtual experience will include interactive discussions from thought leaders in Uganda’s Innovation ecosystem. As a spoiler alert, foreseen topics include:

  • Shifting from damage control to sustainable renewed methods of conducting business
  • Policy and investment dialogue for ‘the new normal
  • Staying ahead of the curve in order to thrive and not just survive

To register for the event, attendees are required to pre-register through Zoom via:

By the same token, Startups are urged to apply for the Online Pitching session. Uniquely, 10 Ideas/companies will be selected for the Event’s Pitching session and vetting process by Startup Uganda.

What to expect: The My Startup Story Campaign

In a bid to create a firm ground for the 2020 edition of Kampala Innovation Week, the organizers have created an online competition trailing with the tagline “My Startup Story” where startups older than 1 year are encouraged to participate.

In the campaign, Participants are be required to upload videos of their startup’s journey. Every Fortnite, the campaign will be marketed on various social media platforms under 6 categories.

To participate, startup owners must record a 1minute long creative video highlighting their Startup story, and how have adapted to the current COVID19 Pandemic. The 6 qualifying categories include:

  • Agriculture
  • Health
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Energy
  • Creative Industries
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