Here's the Up Accelerate Demo Day for Cycle II Full Schedule

Up Accelerate is a one-year initiative implemented by Outbox in partnership with UNFPA and funding from UKAID.

The Up Accelerate program seeks to support young entrepreneurs aged 18 - 30 years that are tackling challenges in sexual and reproductive health in Uganda by providing them with mentorship, seed funding of up to $10,000 per team, business training, and technical guidance.

The program was launched in November 2016 and ran until September 2017.

In the first call for applications, 62 submissions were received from across the country out which 22 were shortlisted for public voting and evaluation by a panel of judges.

The ten finalists presented their solutions on a pitch day that took place on 17th January 2017 and the final four later graduated at a demo day on 30th May 2017.

Subsequently, in the second call for applications, 51 submissions were received out of which 25 were short-listed for public voting and evaluation by judges.

The final four teams were then selected to join the program, and these have been undergoing acceleration that culminates with a demo day tomorrow at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The main objectives of the demo day are; to showcase the solutions developed by the teams over the acceleration cycle as well as identify any opportunities for partnership-building and follow-on investors.

The four teams will each have 4 minutes to pitch, plus additional three for a question and answer session.

Related: Here’s What Up Accelerate Startups Learned and the Challenges they Faced

The Demo Day will go as follows;

13:30 - 14.00 hrs

Arrivals and registration: Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala

14.00 - 14.10 hrs

Welcome and setting the stage: Richard Zulu [Outbox] and Davide Piga [UNFPA ESARO]

14.10 - 14. 20 hrs

Remarks by DFIDRitah Nakigudde Waddimba, Health Adviser, DFID

14.20 - 14.30 hrs

Remarks by UNFPA RepresentativeAlain Sibenaler

14.30 - 14.45 hrs

Keynote speaker: Dr. H. Mwebesa, Director Health Services (Planning & Development), Ministry of Health

14.45 - 15.00 hrs

Testimonial from Up Accelerate cycle 1 team - DrugDashSolomon Kahuma

15.00 - 15.05 hrs

Introduction of pitch day judgesRichard Zulu

15.05 - 16.10 hrs

Pitching for demo day teamsUNFPA

16.10 - 17.10 hrs [Judges deliberate at this time]

Panel DiscussionMichael Niyitegeka

The present and future of innovations to improve SRH access in Uganda.

  • John Mark Bwanika: The Medical Concierge Group
  • Raj Gangadia: Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Makobore Phillipa: Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI)
  • Ms. Noelle Aryanyijuka: Ecosmart pad

17.10 - 17.20 hrs

Announcement of winning team & photo momentsDr. William Lubega

17.20 - 17.30 hrs

Closing, media engagements and tea


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