How Innovation Fund will boost start-ups in Uganda

People using an application to improve the experience of an expectant mother in a rural area. WinSenga is a low-cost, smartphone-based ultrasound alternative that plugs into a mobile phone and is operated using an app. COURTESY PHOTO

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One of the biggest challenges hindering innovation is the lack of capital for start-up companies and individuals.

Opportunity is on the rise in Africa. I have been worried that Uganda will be left out, until Mr Frank Tumwebaze was appointed Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). However much entrepreneurs and innovators try, making real progress without a supportive government is difficult. Governments that take bold action to support innovation will create jobs and change the lives of the population.
Do not get me wrong Mr Tumwebaze and the government of Uganda will not perform miracles overnight but I see a ray of hope.

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