Earlier this week, the NSSF Hi-Innovator initiative was launched which is aimed at supporting youth, Small and Medium-sized Businesses to sustainably grow through entrepreneurship education, funding, and technical support.
The NSSF Hi-Innovator initiative aims at providing benefits to participants like;
- The Hi-Innovator initiative will provide innovators with up-to 30,000 USD in grant funding for your business.
- Access to free professional & technical assistance throughout the process
- Availability of funding to grow your business
- Access & exposure to investors to scale your business
Eligibility criteria to sign up for this program includes;
Your application must be submitted through the Hi innovator website and idea management system. Applications received by email, WhatsApp or in person will not be accepted.
The business should have been legally and actively operational for at least two years and should not have raised more than UGX 1 billion in either grant, convertible grants, venture capital or Private Equity at the time of submission.
The business should at least have launched a product or service to market and received early customer feedback with some revenue (at least UGX 20 Million in the previous two years).
You must have a fully registered business with Uganda Registry Services Bureau (URSB), Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and The National Social Security Fund (NSSF).
Founding teams of individuals that are above 18 years of age at the time of the application and who are resident in Uganda. The initiative will only accept teams of at least 2 founding individuals. A team of one founding individual will not be considered.
You must be a Ugandan national OR a non-national currently living and working in Uganda with up-to-date work permits. Non-Ugandans should be running a business that includes a Ugandan in an ownership and decision-making role to be considered.
The Hi-Innovator initiative requires founder participation. All founding team members must commit to fully participate in at least 90% of the scheduled learning labs, and mentorship sessions in the initiative. Founding team members not fully committed to the initiative will not be accepted in the initiative, and their removal may render the remaining team ineligible for the program.
To join the amazing NSSF Hi-Innovator initiative, go to: https://hi-innovator.nssfug.org/join-us
YouTube Creator 360Africa event
Google in Africa invites all creators to join YouTube at a new virtual programme, Creator 360 Africa on 17th-21st May. Expect a programme full of inspiration and learning to level up your channel.
Creator 360 Africa is a virtual gathering of creators. You can expect a week full of learning, inspiration, and collaboration with top and emerging creatives from multiple industries.
A dynamic opportunity to pick the brains of industry leaders and connect with like-minded creators – and walk away feeling motivated and empowered. To attend the event, go to this link: https://events.withgoogle.com/creator-360-africa-1/registrations/new/#