The Leap Conference was launched in December 2015. The 2016 Leap Conference, took place on 26th and 27th August 2016. Leap this year lived up to its name, attracting a vibrant, fired up and hungry group of around 400 enterprising students and budding graduate entrepreneurs, eager to learn from the experiences of a carefully selected and knowledgeable line-up of speakers, panelists and facilitators. Unlike the 2015 Leap Conference, the 2016 Leap Conference was a two-day event, offering hands-on experience to students and young entrepreneurs in developing business ideas and pitching these ideas to potential investors.
The conference, which was organised by NASE in partnership with Makerere School of Public Health affiliated ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), very befittingly kicked off with a welcome address from a representative of the First Lady and Minister of Sports and Education – Mrs. Mabel Kiggundu. Mrs. Kiggundu, an enterprising woman and the Chairperson of UWESO’s (Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans) National Executive Committee was no stranger to startups and therefore begun the discussions by sharing some of her experiences in the startup space. Her experience stretched over 20-years and included retail businesses and opening the first courier service- ‘ELMA Express Delivery Ltd’ in Uganda.