Apply for the GAIN-AFREXIM Masterclass on Entrepreneurship and Intra-African Trade before 31 July 2022


Grand Africa Initiative (GAIN), a non-governmental pan-African organization, in partnership with Africa Export-Import (AFREXIM), invites applicants for the GAIN-AFREXIM Masterclass on Entrepreneurship and Intra-African Trade. The masterclass is a program aimed at unlocking the potential of young African entrepreneurs to benefit from the opportunities in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) comprising more than 1.2 billion people and to promote intra-African trade.

The program is designed to equip 200 young entrepreneurs from across Africa with skills to build and scale their businesses across the continent and beyond,  leverage partnerships, attract more significant trade volumes/revenues, and explore new opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the program, applicants will be able to:

  • Grow and position their business favourably in the global market
  • Identify new and exciting business opportunities
  • Build partnerships in Africa and beyond
  • Expand business and revenues
  • Take payments and manage trade finance

Interested applicants should fulfill the following to qualify for the program:

  • Be an African business owner under 40 years of age
  • Have a registered business
  • Be at a stage where the business is already generating revenue
  • Demonstrate interest in scaling their business

To apply for the program, visit: GAIN AFREXIM Applications

Stanbic Accelerator Program

Apply for the Stanbic Accelerator Program from Stanbic Business Incubator Limited before 29 March 2022

Apply for the Stanbic Accelerator Program from Stanbic Business Incubator Limited before 16 April 2022 

Stanbic Business Incubator Limited (SBIL) invites applicants to the Stanbic Accelerator Program (SAP), a 2-month training provided under the Enterprise Development Program aimed at modelling and creating investment-ready SMEs in Uganda.  

SBIL operates under Stanbic Uganda Holdings Limited, and aims to support SMEs in Uganda through capacity building and entrepreneurial development programs. Through the SAP, participants will be offered business skills, access to finance, access to markets, sustainable business models and tools to track their business impact.  

During the program, participants will be taken through a curriculum covering the following topics: 

  • Business Modelling 
  • Financial modelling 
  • Readiness to market 
  • Pitching a business idea 
  • Relevant compliance for a business 

Interested applicants should fulfil the following criteria to apply: 

  • Be an established SME that needs a push to move to the next stage 
  • Have a business that has been operational for at least two years 
  • Have a UGX 60 million turnover 
  • Have more than 5 employees  
  • Demonstrate a willingness to pay commitment fee refundable 

To apply for the program, visit: SAP APPLICATION 

For more information, please get in touch with or call 0312226700. 


Are you a university student or a recent graduate with an innovative digital idea? Apply for the  Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the EAC program before 21 February 2022

Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the East African Community, a program under Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry (dSkills@EA) project, seeks to support young innovators from universities from the EAC member states. Through the program, young innovators will be supported to develop and implement digital innovations for business resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dSkills@EA project is part of the technical development cooperation between the EAC and Germany.

Ten selected teams per country will be offered an opportunity to participate at the National Pitch-Event, where they will present their digital innovations to the industry, academia, investors, government representatives and the EAC entrepreneurship ecosystem stakeholders. Additionally, selected participants will benefit from the following:

  • Opportunity to finetune their innovative idea via online ideathon to acquire skills in customer insights, product development and business modelling
  • Access to connections from the East African Innovation Ecosystem
  • An opportunity to be selected for the boot camp to receive in-depth support through mentors and trainers to shape their innovations further.
  • Team winners will receive grants of a pool of USD 10,000

Interested applicants must fulfil the following to apply:

  • Be university students or recent graduates (not more than one year in the past)
  • Be from an East African University
  • Be between 18  and 35 years  of age
  • Have fluency in English
  • Possess an idea for digital innovation or are in early implementation stages.
  • Have a team of a minimum of two people.

To apply for this program, visit: Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the EAC

Are you an entrepreneur interested in attracting investment? Apply to FSD’s  Deal Flow Facility initiative!

On 25th January 2021, the Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSD) launched an expression of interest for eligible medium and large companies in Uganda interested in working on their investment readiness through the Deal Flow Facility. Launched in June 2021, the facility is funded by the European Union in collaboration with the Capital Markets Authority to support Ugandan companies to better attract investment.

The Deal Flow Facility will offer 220 successful participants business development services for five years to increase their competitiveness, and 40 outstanding companies will be matched with investors. The facility will also act as a one-stop center for companies to access transactional advisory services, including tax, legal, and banking support.

Interested companies must fulfil the following eligibility criteria to apply:

  • Be located and have operations in Uganda
  • Be registered with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB)
  • Be registered as a for-profit company operating for a minimum of two years
  • Have audited financial accounts for at least two years
  • Demonstrate growth potential
  • Demonstrate contribution to the national development plan

To apply, visit: Deal Flow Facility

Peninah Aheebwa explains the role of Petroleum Authority of Uganda in facilitating the Oil and Gas Value Chain development.

Charity Namala: Good Afternoon, Peninah. Could you tell us about yourself and what you do? 

Peninah Aheebwa: Thank you, Charity, for inviting me to this interview.

My name is Peninah Aheebwa. I am the Technical Support Services – Director with the Petroleum Authority of Uganda. I am responsible for ensuring that Ugandans participate in the Oil and Gas sector, the operations are cost efficient and the projects are economically and financially robust.

The  Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) is responsible for monitoring and regulating all operations and activities in the upstream and midstream segments. The upstream refers to exploration, development and production, while the midstream entails bulk transportation and transmission of crude oil, refining and gas conversion. The regulatory focus areas include: Resource Management; Health, Safety, Security, Social & Environment Monitoring; Cost Monitoring;Management of Petroleum Data; National Content; and Stakeholder engagement.

PAU oversees these operations and ensures that they comply with the country’s laws and regulations and follow national best practices ensuring transparency, fairness, and value for money so that the country benefits from sector revenues.


Charity Namala: What is the current landscape of Oil and Gas sector in Uganda?

Peninah Aheebwa:  The sector landscape is broad, but there is progress towards achieving the Final Investment Decision (FID).

The FID is the gateway into the construction phase. The PAU and the oil companies have done a lot of work to ensure that both the FID’s technical and commercial requirements are in place. The Tilenga and Kingfisher upstream projects are ready and some of main project contractors, have been identified.

The necessary agreements for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) are in the final stages. The host government agreements have been concluded and the other agreements including the tariff and transportation agreement and the shareholders agreement are close to be concluded. Planning for the refinery which is the second monetization project is also on course.

The sector has other ongoing exploration projects with Armour Energy Limited, an Australian company working in the Kanywataba exploration area and in the Ngassa shallow and deep ply exploration areas by a Nigerian company Oranto Petroleum Limited.


Charity Namala: What are the available opportunities for local SMEs in Uganda to participate in the Oil and Gas value chain? 

Peninah Aheebwa:  There are many opportunities for SMEs in the sector.

First, I will mention that we have developed local SMEs’ capacity to undertake contracts of supplying services in the industry. During the exploration phase, between 2008 and 2019, the oil companies spent over $ 3.5 billion. Out of the $3.5 billion, close to $1 billion was spent on 1000 SMEs that participated in the provision of goods and service. As a result, we have seen Ugandan companies moving from providing low-value services to medium and high-value services. We are confident that more SMEs will participate in the next stage.

Opportunities for SMEs are available under the 16 sector categories that have been ring-fenced for Ugandans. SMEs need to focus on these categories because they are the low hanging fruits. They are spelt out on our website, but I will mention some of them for ease of reference. These include; Transportation, Security, Clearing and forwarding, Locally available construction materials, Civil works, Environment studies and impact assessment, Waste management and others.

Apart from the ring-fenced services, there are also opportunities in the highly technical and specialized areas within engineering, procurement and construction. We expect foreigners coming to do that work to enter into joint ventures or subcontract Ugandan SMEs within the specialized areas. It is important to note that all these opportunities will last for a short period of 3 to 5 years. Therefore, the target is to have the SMEs prepared and benefit from the $15 billion expected expenditure on the development phase.

Charity Namala: What can be done to increase the level of SME participation in the Oil and Gas Value Chain? 

Peninah Aheebwa: We have some strategies to increase SME participation and these are backed by the policy and regulatory frameworks.

First, the required policy, institutional and legal framework is in place.

There also national content regulations in the upstream and midstream segments with explicit provisions for participation of Ugandans. In addition to the ring-fenced services, there is a preference for Ugandan goods and services within the regulatory framework plus the mandatory joint ventures. For example, suppose the oil company cannot find the services they are looking for from among Ugandan SMEs. In that case, they can get a foreign company that will need to go into a joint venture with a Ugandan SME.

PAU is also doing a lot to increase SME participation by increasing visibility of Ugandan SMEs’ capacity in the sector through the National Supplier Database (NSD). The industry will not offer contracts to any company unless they are registered on the NSD. In 2017, we started with only 500 SMEs; to date, we have around 1900 companies registered, and of these, 72% are Ugandan. More Ugandan SMEs are being encouraged to register on the NSD.

NSD displays companies’ capacity; this enables us to facilitate joint venturing and sub-contracting among the companies. We are also intensifying the utilization of the NSD by transitioning it from just being a register into a joint qualification system for procurement to increase transparency.

Secondly, we understand that Ugandan SMEs sometimes compete very well technically but fail at financial pricing. The government is working to provide a fund where Ugandan SMEs can access relatively cheaper funding. The fund is at the stage of drafting the relevant statutory instrument by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. We are hopeful this will be finalized within a short time. We are also approaching financial institutions and advising them to provide attractive contract financing for SMEs in the Oil and Gas Value Chain.

Another strategy we are focusing on is the dissemination of information because we know that information is power. Our website has a lot of information on what opportunities are or will soon be available. We have also hosted regional and national conferences to share information with SMEs to prepare to compete favourably. We are working with the oil companies in disseminating this information. It is a regulatory requirement for oil companies to do a supply development workshop every quarter. During the workshops, they provide information about opportunities and standards required.

We are also engaged in SMEs’ capacity building with several partners. Together with the African Development Bank (AfDB) we are implementing a capacity-building project for SMEs to boost business linkages and access market opportunities along the pipeline route. The project will see over 200 SMEs participating in different areas for the next two years. We plan to partner with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to establish industry enhancement centres in Kampala and the project areas. Most of these initiatives aim to help SMEs get ISO certified and increase their ability to access opportunities.

We hope that the above strategies will help increase SMEs participation in the sector. I encourage all SMEs to register on the NSD which is free to benefit from the sector opportunities. For further guidance, please visit our website or offices at Plot 34-36 Lugard Avenue, Entebbe to get support.




Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Uganda in partnership with The Stanbic Business Incubator and NSSF, will celebrate this women’s day by offering their program Alumni a unique Series on Financial Wellness. The series will equip women with knowledge to improve their financial stability and specific strategies to build wealth for their businesses.

AWE is part of the global Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program that supports women entrepreneurs worldwide. AWE uses DreamBuilder, an online entrepreneurship training program, to teach women how to create business plans, understand how to raise capital, and connect with successful business owners’ networks. AWE participants are also connected to additional opportunities by leveraging alumni networks, non-governmental organizations, and more. In Uganda, AWE had its first cohort of women entrepreneurs in 2019 who trained and graduated to the AWE alumni. After graduation, the AWE alumni continue to receive business support through participation in speaker series and businesses visits that boost business growth.

The Stanbic Business Incubator supports and nurtures SMEs to prepare for business growth opportunities. Across Uganda, the incubator trains and mentors businesses from diverse sectors. Through the Incubator, participants also gain access to networking, new markets, and financing opportunities. 


The program is slated for 8th March, 2021, from 10am to 12pm and attendance is by invitation only. 

For more information about AWE, please call: +256772852399


African Green Revolution Forum

Emikisa egirindiridde amakolero n’eby’obusuubuzi ebitonotono (SMEs) mu lukungaana lwa African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) olwa buli mwaka okuva nga 8 – 11 Mutunda (September) , 2020.  

Emikisa egirindiridde amakolero n’eby’obusuubuzi ebitonotono (SMEs) mu lukungaana lwa African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) olwa buli mwaka okuva nga 8 – 11 Mutunda (September) , 2020.  

Olukungaana lwa African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) – kino kitongole ekitakabanira okutumbula n’okukulaakulanya eby’obulimi mu Africa olw’omulundi ogw’ekkumi lugenda kubaawo okuva nga 8 okutuuka nga 11 omwezi gwa Mutunda (September) 2020 era nga lugenda kutegekebwa Gavumenti ya Rwanda ng’ekolaganira wamu ne banna kibiina abalala (AGRF Partners Group)

Mu nsi yonna, AGRF etwalibwa okubeera nga y’ekwatidde eby’obulimi bya Africa omumuli, ng’eyita mu kukwataganya abenyigira mu by’obulimi okusobola okubaako ne kye bakola nga kw’otadde n’okuyigira ku bannaabwe kisobozese eby’obulimi mu Africa okugenda mu maaso.

Ebikwata ku lukungaana luno 

Olukungaana lw’omwaka guno lujjidde mu kaseera akazibuzibu ng’ebibuga ebisinga obukulu mu Africa; naddala ebyo ebyesigama ennyo ku mmere eggyibwa mu mawanga ag’ebweru bitawaanyizibwa ebbula ly’emmere olw’omuggalo ogwassibwa mu mawanga agasinga obungi okusobola okuziyiza okusaasanyizibwa kw’ekirwadde kya ssennyiga omukambwe- Covid -19.

Omulamwa gw’olukungana olw’omulundi guno guli nti; Liisa ebibuga, Okuze Ssemazinga: Tutereeze obutale bw’emmere mu bibuga kitusobozese okuteekawo embeera gye tufunamu emmere mu ngeri eyeesigika era eya nnamaddala mu Africa, nabwekityo tusaana okuddamu okwetegereza engeri eby’emmere gye bikwatibwamu olwo   tulyoke tusobole okuyamba buli gwe kikwatako.

Emikisa SMEs gye zirina nga ziyita mu kanyomero ka Agribusiness Deal Room (ADR)

Ekimu ku bintu eby’enkizo ebibeera mu lukungana lwa AGRF ke kanyomero ka Agribusiness Deal Room,   kano kaba kaseera ka nsisinkano eri ebitongole  eby’enyigira mu by’obulimi n’okusuubula ebirime ng’ekigendererwa kwe kubisobozesa okufuna be bakolagana nabo abapya, okubamanyisa engeri gye basobola okufunamu okuyambibwako mu by’ensimbi, okulungamizibwa mu bintu eby’enjawulo wamu n’engeri gye basobola okufunamu obutale okusobola okutuukiriza ebigendererwa byabwe eby’okwekulaakulanya.

Agribusiness Deal Room eruubirira okubeera nga gwe mukutu ogukyasinze okubeera nga ye nsibuko y’okufuna enkolagana empya mu by’obusuubuzi wamu n’okuyambibwako mu by’ensimbi eri abenyigira mu by’obulimi wamu n’obusuubuzi bw’ebirime nga kw’otadde ne SMEs ezisinga obungi mu myaka egijja.

Agribusiness Deal Room nate esobozesa gavumenti ez’enjawulo okwanjula emikisa gye ziba zirina eri ba musiga nsimbi, okuteekawo wamu n’okutumbula ebibasendasenda nga kw’otadde n’okufuna ensisinkano n’abo abandyagadde okusiga ensimbi mu mawanga gaabwe.

Ekitongole ki Allience for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) kyakolaganye n’ekitongole ekivunaanyizibwa ku by’okusiga ensimbi mu Uganda ki Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) okusobola okwagazisa n’okulaga ba musiga nsimbi emikisa egiriwo mu kuteeka ssente mu by’obulimi bya Uganda nga bayita mu kanyomero ka Agribusiness Deal Room ak’omwaka guno.

Emikisa gino gigenda kubeera nga giteekebwawo nga bakolaganira wamu ne Minisitule y’eby’obusuubuzi, amakolero wamu n’obwegassi (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives – MTIC), ekitongole ki Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) – nga kino kitongole ekikwasaganya abalimi abalima eby’okutunda naye nga balimira ku musingi omutonotono, Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA) – kino kitongole ekigattira awamu abantu abeenyigira mu busuubuzi bw’ebirime, Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) – Kino kitongole ekivunaanyizibwa ku kutumbulu ebintu ebitundibwa ebweru w’eggwanga, Uganda Development Bank Ltd (UDBL) – eno nga ye bbanka evunaanyizibwa ku by’enkulaakulana mu ggwanga, ABI Development wamu ne USAID.

Akanyomero ka Agribusiness Deal Room aka Uganda kajja kubeerawo ku Lw’okusatu nga 9 Mutunda (September) ku ssaawa ttaano ez’okumakya (11:00 am)  era nga kajja kumala obudde bwa ssaawa emu yokka. Mu kiseera kino abakungu okuva mu Uganda bajja kuweebwa omukisa okwanjula emikisa egiriwo okusigwamu ensimbi mu Uganda eri ebikonge eby’enjawulo omuli ba musiga nsimbi, banna byankulaakulana ab’enjawulo,  abagabirizi b’obuyambi n’abalala abagwa mu kkowe eryo.

Ayagala  okwewandiisa, osobola okuyita ku mukutu guno;

Bw’oba oli musuubuzi anoonya abakuteekamu ssente, tukusaba oweereza email ku ofune w’oteerayo okusabakwo.

Ebyava mu kanyomero ka Deal Room ak’olukungana lwa AGRF olwa 2019

Olukungana lwa 2019 lwetabwamu ebitongole 117 okuva mu Africa era nga 40% ku bitongole bino byali bya bakyala. Bino byali byetaaga okuteekwamu ssente eziri eyo mu bukadde 800 obwa doola ($800m) era nga byasobola okukwasaganyizibwa ne ba musiga nsimbi abasoba mu makumi ana (40) nga kw’otadde n’ebitongole by’ensimbi eby’enjawulo nga bayita mu nkiiko 350 ezaategekebwa.

Gavumenti kkumi na mukaaga ze zaayanjula emikisa gye zaalina eri ba musiga nsimbi  era nga bino byali bibalirirwamu obuwumbi bwa doola bubiri ($ 2 billion). Bwe zityo ensimbi eziwerera ddala obukadde bwa doola bibiri ($200m) ze zassibwako omukono okubeera nga zisigibwa mu mawanga omwali Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Eswatini ne Ivory Coast.


Okumanya ebisingawo, tukusaba otuukirirea Lilian Githinji ku Essimu: +256 783 323328 oba Peter Mulira on  Essimu: +256 788 421421

Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Ofiisi yaabwe mu Uganda;

Plot 42, Princess Anne Drive, Bugolobi, Kampala.

Essimu: +256 392 264980/1


The 10th Annual Summit of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), will be held virtually from 8-11 September 2020 and will be co-hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the AGRF Partners Group. The AGRF is considered the world’s leading forum for African agriculture, bringing together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape to take practical actions and share lessons that will move African agriculture forward.


This year’s Summit comes at an unprecedented time when major African cities, especially those that rely mainly on imported food, face a looming hunger crisis following implementation of lockdowns in several countries to contain the spread of COVID-19. The theme of the summit, Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa, is a call to action to rethink food systems to deliver resilient, better nourished, and more prosperous outcomes for all.

Opportunities for SMEs through the Agribusiness Deal Room

One of the key events at the AGRF is the Agribusiness Deal Room, a matchmaking session whose objective is to drive new business deals and commitments by providing companies in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors with information on access to finance, mentorship, and market entry solutions to support their growth objectives. The Agribusiness Deal Room aspires to be the prime platform to drive deal origination and access to finance for a pool of critical agribusiness and SMEs in the coming years. It also creates opportunities for governments to present investment opportunities, promote investment incentives and engage with interested investors.

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has partnered with Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to pitch investment opportunities from Uganda’s agricultural sector during this year’s Agribusiness Deal Room. These opportunities will be made available in partnership with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA), Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA), Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB), Uganda Development Bank Ltd (UDBL), aBi Development and USAID.

The Uganda Country Deal Room Session will take place virtually on Wednesday, 9th September at 11:00am (Central African Time). This will be a one-hour session during which the country delegation will have the opportunity to showcase opportunities to a wide range of potential investors, development partners, bi-lateral donors amongst other stakeholders. To register please click the link below If you are an entrepreneur looking for investors, please email to receive the submission template.

Outcome of the Dealroom at the 2019 AGRF Forum

The 2019 forum hosted 117 African enterprises (40% women-owned) seeking around $800m in  investments and matched enterprises with over 40 investors and financial institutions through 350 scheduled meetings. Sixteen governments presented investment opportunities totaling $2billion and Grow Africa term sheets totaling $200m were signed for investments in Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Eswatini and Ivory Coast.

Contact Details:

For further information, kindly get in touch with Lilian Githinji on Tel: +256 783 323328 or Peter Mulira on  Tel: +256 788 421421

Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Uganda Country Office,

Plot 42, Princess Anne Drive, Bugolobi, Kampala.

Tel: +256 392 264980/1


Okupima akatyabaga emirimu gyo mwe giri

Okupima akatyabaga emirimu gyo mwe giri

Ekibiina ekigatta abakozi mu nsi yonna ekya International Labour Organization (ILO) kigunjizzawo enkola y’okwekebera , okuyamba amakolero amatonotono okumanya butya bwe gayimiridde mu kiseera kino ekya ssennyiga omukambwe.

Omukutu gwa Covid 19 Business Info Hub gwateeseteese obukodyo obugenda okukozesebwa mu Uganda.

Ebigendererwa by’enkola eno kwe kuyamba amakolero amatonotono ng’eriryo okusobola okuzuula oba gali mu katyabaga olw’ekirwadde kino. Enkola eno etunuulira ennyingo nnya eziba ez’omugaso ennyo mu nzirukanya y’emirimu ezituumiddwa 4Ps okusinziira ku kibiina kino ekya ILO:


Abakozi n’ab’omu maka gaabwe bakoseddwa batya ekirwadde kya senyiga omukambwe?


Yo engeri gy’oddukanyamu emirimu gyo egya buli lunaku ekoseddwa etya?


Ate byo eby’enfuna mu mirimu gyo bikoseddwa kyenkana ki?


Byo ebintu n’embeera eyeetoolodde w’okolera ekoseddwa etya ekirwadde kino ekyaa senyiga omukambwe?