THE VILLAGE HUSTLE

JUNE 2020

The Future Of Media


The media industry has proved to be important and flexible in these COVID-19 times, therefore, The Innovation Village in partnership with Nation Media Group launched the future of media challenge on 1st June that sought for innovators with new ideas on how the media industry can optimize digital platforms. Digitalization is the new trend in every industry hence these digital solutions will address any challenges faced by the media fraternity and more so revolutionize the media industry.
Ten teams presented their innovations on 26th June, the demo day. Marula Studios, UFLIX LLC, OMNIVE, Muwado, The Digital Workshop, INSIDE CREATIVE, cr8te, Kingline Press, Ready Media Africa Limited and Disruptive Innovative Solutions.


Zayed Sustainability Prize


Submissions for the Zayed sustainability prize were made. These were innovative sustainability solutions and school projects that were to impact on the health, energy, water and food industries. Submissions were accepted until 11th June.


Business Survival BootCamp
African Management Institute together with the Innovation Village organized a free bootcamp for businesses. This was a webinar series that was held on 12th June, to teach and help businesses manage their finances and costs better in order to survive during this unprecedented time of crisis.
On 10th June, our co-founder, CK Japheth was hosted at the downtown avenue, a podcast, to discuss the future of businesses and entrepreneurship after being struck by the pandemic.


EDTECH Kenya
The Innovation Village with Edtech East Africa supported by Young Africa Works and The Mastercard Foundation organized Edtech Mondays that started on 15th June, where they talked more about learning in the time of COVID-19. This was an e-meeting where John Kimotho, Joseph Nsengimana and Jeniffer Otieno presented and shared views on how the education sector can adjust to the new normal that has been brought COVID -19.


The Innovation Village on Air


The founder of the Innovation Village, CK Japheth was hosted and interviewed by Sanyu Fm on 24th June, about KUMI KUMI, a project organized to end refugees’ plight by skilling them and providing better opportunities for them.
CK Japheth was hosted on TV West to chat with the host about the present, past and the future of entrepreneurship and innovation. This conversation tackled ways on how entrepreneurs can be helped and supported and illuminated more about Innovation Village’s vision and mission.


KAIN


Innovation and entrepreneurship are becoming the new normal now that most employees have been laid off and employment opportunities are slowly being cut short. Entrepreneurs were hosted by Kampala Angel Investors Network (KAIN) and Start Hub Africa to learn more about innovative business ideas that can attract investment.


The 97 Fund Projects


The 97 Fund in partnership with the Innovation Village held the online demo day on 12th June. This was an e-meet up that assessed solutions tackling the COVID-19 challenges.
Two venture building masterclasses have been held this month are to trigger innovators’ interest in venture building. The first one highlighted facts needed to know about venture building and the follow up was about ideation, prototype ad MVP Launch. These classes were facilitated and led by Kenneth Legesi and Agnes Akello from Ortus Africa.


#MAKETHEFUTURE | MoTIV


Wearing masks has become the new normal as we continue to fight the covid-19 pandemic. On 2nd June, MoTIV was endorsed by Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, as the official mask supplier for the Buganda kingdom at Bulange, Mengo. Masks can now be ordered via Majestic brands, a Buganda company or shop.motivug.org.
MoTIV started the #OwnTheWallUg competition for all creative and artisans with great ideas. Submissions are to be accepted until 3rd July.


Food Collabo 3


Kitchen Station organized an e-meet, Food Collabo 3, where remarkable people from the food industry talked to aspiring chefs, cooks and pastry cooks. Eseza Martina, a food blogger, Chef Raphael, a consultant, trainer and social media influencer and Asha Batenga, founder of Cakely Uganda presented tactful and helpful tips on how to make a success in the food industry.

Agriculture In The New Age


Founders Lab Gulu invited Dr. Tonny Kidega, part of Gulu Country Dairy to talk more about agriculture in the new age. This was an e-meet with farming and agricultural entrepreneurs who were curious about any changes in the industry with the existence of new technologies and more so how to learn to adapt to them.


Enabel Hackathon Award Ceremony


Enabel hosted an award ceremony on 5th June where Edtech lab was part of the Jury panel. The online hackathon was a response to how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the education sector as Uganda still grapples with the idea of distance learning to ensure continuity of learning.

Gulu And Jinja Innovation Space (Entrepreneurship Meet up)


The tourism sector strongly contributes to the economy however due to the outcomes of the COVID 19 pandemic, the sector plummeted because it relied more on foreign tourists. Innovation Village Gulu together with Loremi tours CEO, Adyero Gloria Barbra and Tripxio founder, David Gonahasa discussed more the tourism sector in the new normal.
Innovation Village Jinja together with Women will organize entrepreneurship meet up, that discussed the opportunities creative women have in the new normal. This discussion was led by Agnes Naikazi Mukooyo, founder and CEO of Beyond Limitations Africa.
Innovation Village Jinja in conjunction with Makerere Business School Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Incubation centre organized and held the EIIC Innovation hour where they discussed more on how to foster innovation and SME sustainability in communities.


The Innovation Village Mbarara Launch

Innovation Village team set up and opened a home for the Game Changers in the Mbarara Town, as a way of fulfilling the Innovation Village’s mission and vision of supporting entrepreneurship and innovation all over Uganda. Different entrepreneurs have different thoughts and ideas therefore there was a need to expand further to the west. As we set up the camp in Mbarara town, entrepreneurs with our panellists discussed the legal training for startups, registration of companies, entrepreneurship in the new normal, business model canvas, had a design thinking workshop and more so had a deep dive of problems that affect entrepreneurs and innovators in the west. We were also able to blow away the cobwebs through entertainment as we continued to listen to different views from the entrepreneurs that attended.
These were our highlights from June, till next time!

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