“INSPIRING AND CHAMPIONING YOUTH Entrepreneurship”
Uganda has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world. Uganda’s young people tend to be under-educated and ill-equipped to manage commercial enterprises beyond the one-person start-up phase which leaves gaps in the enterprise ecosystem. NASE’s work plugs these gaps by providing robust and well-coordinated co-curricular skilling for youths to be able to start and run a commercially viable businesses in a sustainable way. We currently work with an experienced pool of over 80 entrepreneurship facilitators and mentors to deliver sessions at all stages of the entrepreneurship cycle i.e. seed and development, start up, early stage, growth and expansion, maturity and exit.
Uganda has a significant skills challenge, especially amongst recent graduates. However, Uganda is not alone. This challenge is dotted across Africa. NASE believes that Africa’s unemployment challenges can best be stemmed by an “upstream strategy” that focuses on equipping young people with the requisite innovation and entrepreneurship skills early on in their lives, preferably before they leave school. This is what informs our co-curricular entrepreneurship education approaches across various Universities, as well as Technical and Vocational Institutions. Working with both faculty and student societies, NASE has organised various events, such as the annual Leap Conference, which inspire and equip students to venture into the works of enterprise and entrepreneurship, with the best student ideas going to receive micro grants and business incubation support.