Stakeholders of the innovation week on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

The 2021edition of Kampala Innovation Week (KIW) will take place from November 22 – 26 with a focus on innovation for national development.

The event will be hosted virtually under the theme, ‘Harnessing the power of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Uganda’s digital transformation and job creation.’

The innovation week will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, government stakeholders and development partners to discuss wins, misses and opportunities for growth in the innovation space.

The vice chairperson of Startup Uganda, Jean Kukunda, explained that the 2021 Innovation Week will be a space dedicated to digital transformation, job creation and economic sustainability in light of innovation.

he vice chairperson of Startup Uganda, Jean Kukunda (C) with other officials at the launch of the innovation week.

“It is a crucial time for the innovation space in Uganda. Our responses to the effects of the pandemic especially within the sectors of agriculture, education and health are going to be great determinants of the economic trajectory in years to come. Making sure that spaces like Kampala innovation week are kept alive is a critical part of this development,” she said.

Kukunda officially opened nominations for Startup Uganda Awards 2021 that will recognise trailblazing tech innovations that have created solutions for Ugandan challenges.

The categories for nomination include; education, agriculture, health, technology and communication.

Without giving much details, she noted that the winners will be given a cash prize and the nomination will close at the end of October.

Nominees will be unveiled during the innovation week.

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) digital lead in Uganda, Chris Lukolyo said that the country has witnessed a growth in the innovation culture.

Startup Uganda is an association of innovation and entrepreneurship support organizations working towards strengthening the startup support ecosystem and sector.