Our small steps have all been thanks to the generosity of these awesome partners!

Kingston University, London is leading the way with its entrepreneurial expertise, producing the most graduate start-up companies than any higher education institution in the United Kingdom, for five years running. Kingston also holds the second highest spot in the United Kingdom for the total number of start-ups it has launched over the years, with the figure now sitting at over 600. Kingston is also rated second for graduate start-up turnover, with firms notching up a combined total of over £30 million.

NASE was born at Kingston University. Indeed, Kingston University were the main sponsors of the first ever Leap Conference, for which we are very grateful. It’s no wonder that our keynote speaker at this year’s Leap Conference is a Kingston Alumnus. Kingston’s involvement presents a great opportunity for Ugandan Universities and Students to exchange ideas and share best practices on how to raise the enterprise skills gap.

The Veterinary Health Innovation Engine (vHive) is a research centre, startup and incubator based at The University of Surrey and supported by a co-investment of £8.5 million in resources dedicated to the development and adoption of new digital technologies in animal health.

With unique partnerships from Zoetis Centre for Digital Innovation and The University of Surrey’s Centre for Digital Economy (CoDE), The School of Veterinary Medicine and The 5G Innovation Centre, vHive is pioneering open innovation delivery in animal health by utilising transformational digital and data analytics tools to improve animal welfare & productivity.

As well as being partners for the 3rd Leap Conference, vHive and the University of Surrey, in particular the Centre for Digital Economy (CoDE), continue to share their expertise and to offer supervisory support to some of NASE’s projects around embedding entrepreneurship in Ugandan universities.

Funded by USAID, the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) is a partnership of 20 universities in 16 African countries. The main agenda of RAN is to strengthen resilience of communities vulnerable to shocks and stresses in sub-Saharan Africa through university led-local African innovative solutions. RAN has a specific focus to identify, develop and scale solutions that build and strengthen the resilience of communities to natural and man-made stresses and shocks, and this requires a deep engagement with both the vulnerable communities and innovators so as to understand and prioritize community development challenges and ascertain the innovators contribution to strengthening resilience in these communities.

The Network is led by Makerere University www.mak.ac.ug  and is one of the eight global development labs under the Higher Education solutions Network (HESN) – www.usaid.gov/hesn. The RAN core partners are; Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA), Stanford University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); (http://www.ranlab.org).

RAN were part of the inaugural Leap Conference and were official partners in the 2016 Leap Conference. NASE continues to work with RAN in other areas focussed on embedding skills and entrepreneurship in Uganda’s DNA.

In 2016, start-ups on the African continent brought in more than $185.7 million dollars, with South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya leading the way, reflecting the rapid growth in the continent’s start-up scene. DraperDarkFlow are a silicon valley venture capital fund, taking a long bet on African start-ups by investing up $500,000 dollars to make them globally scalable.

NASE is proud to partner with DraperDarkFlow who have offered seed investment to the winners of the 2016 & 2017 Leap Conference pitching competition, and continue to support other startups within our ecosystem on a case by case basis.

Cargoplus Ltd, a logistics company (international freight forwarding, warehousing, transportation & retail) operating both in the UK & Uganda, was founded in 2013 by Godfrey Agaba. Godfrey has over 14 years of senior management roles in the UK (both public & private sectors, ranging from Corporate Finance to product development). Through Cargoplus Uganda, Godfrey has created Gclan, a retails brand for genuine UK products (furniture & appliances as well as beauty products). He sees huge growth potential in Uganda’s logistics industry and is investing in people and technology to make Cargoplus the best at what Cargoplus does. So if you are either coder or marketer out there in Uganda, wanting to start-up your own business then please get in touch with Cargoplus.

More information on their website – www.cargo-plus.co.uk

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