Why The Village

Our idea is simple, everybody who has an idea that could transform society should be given the opportunity to see what that idea could become. We offer a destination to innovators and entrepreneurs solving our biggest challenges.

For a long time, a standard approach to nurturing innovators has mostly been through innovation competitions and award ceremonies that focus on the top 3 winners out of 100 submissions. In trying to answer what happens to the 97 ventures, we built The Innovation Village to be a destination they call home. 

With a current population of 40 Million and about 75% below the age of 30, it is estimated that 25,000 young people will be joining the labor force every week by 2020. 
To the world, we have a youth problem on our hands. To us, it is time to put the youngest population in the world to work. 

The Innovation Village is Uganda’s Launchpad for leading Innovators and entrepreneurs. We are building an entire ecosystem of entrepreneurs and innovators solving our biggest challenges. From helping entrepreneurs launch and grow high-impact ventures to attracting regional and global opportunities, our startup ecosystem approach converges multiple ecosystem partners including public, private, academia, research and civil society as one force for good. 

Our overall goal is to create a destination that grows Companies that Matter (Startups, SMEs, Purpose-Driven Enterprises) by utilizing scalable, repeatable and sustainable organizations centered around solving our biggest industry and community challenges.