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Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative

The environment in which entrepreneurs operate is made up of multiple factors, including physical assets, human and financial assets, government policies, networks, and the underlying business culture. Together, these factors make up an entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The strength of entrepreneurial ecosystems often varies widely within a nation or a state as the assets, networks, and culture can differ significantly from one metro area to another. The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) believes that entrepreneurship programs are most effective if they embrace an ecosystem approach in their design and implementation.

With funding from the Argidius Foundation, the Dutch Good Growth Fund, and the Small Foundation, and with support from the Shell Foundation, Swiss Development Corporation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ANDE is excited to launch this Initiative. 

The Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative is a two-phased process:

  1. The first phase, launched on 7 March, 2018, was an investigation and planning phase, with a consultant developing a comprehensive diagnostic assessment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kampala and one other Ugandan region.  Based on this assessment and further input from key Ugandan stakeholders, the consultant is developing a five-year strategy to improve entrepreneurial ecosystems in each of the regions. 

    After a comprehensive selection process, a consortium led by the Centre for Development Alternatives, a Uganda-based consultancy, was selected as the implementing partner for Phase I, a diagnostic assessment of the entrepreneurial ecosystems around two metro areas: Gulu and Kampala. Other members of the consortia are Enterprise Uganda and Koltai & Company. The first
     phase has been completed and a report detailing the findings and recommendations was released in December 2018.

Read the Phase I Report Now! 

  1. The second phase will constitute the implementation of a comprehensive strategy to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystems in (at least) the two regions studied in phase I.  Based on the positive acceptance of the phase I diagnostic work by the project consortium and local stakeholders, the project consortium will endeavor to raise resources from local and international sources to fund this phase. We expect phase II will be a multi-year, multi-million-euro initiative.  (Note that the the implementing organization in phase one will be eligible for, but not guaranteed, a contract for phase II) 

  2. Watch the report findings webinar. 

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