Weekly Preview: Grand Launch of Design Hub Kampala, Application deadlines and much more...

We hope you had a great weekend. It is the last week of April and we don't want you to miss anything. This is everything you need to know this week if you are a techie or entrepreneur.


  1. Challenge Cup Kampala

This challenge is organized by 1776, a global network empowering innovators everywhere to shape the digital transformation of critical industries. In Uganda, the competition will be hosted by Hive Colab, one of the prominent tech incubators in the country.

The competition in Kampala will identify and qualify one winning startup to advance to the Global Finals at Challenge Festival. Challenge Festival convenes investors, policymakers, and innovators from across the globe convene to examine and discuss pressing global challenges. This year’s event will be hosted on 13th November this year, at 1776’s newest campus in New York City.

Deadline for applications is 28th April 2017 so make haste, and good luck.

2. MTN App Challenge

The MTN APP Challenge is a 3 day hackathon in which local innovators come together to create Mobile Applications for use on Mobile devices i.e. Phones & Tablets. This is the second edition in 3 years and will take place at Outbox, another prominent tech incubator in Kampala.

Applications to the challenge opened a few weeks ago but will close on 28th April 2017. The YozaApp team won the first edition. We advise young innovators to participate in this one.

3. Up Accelerate.

Applications for the programme have been on since 23rd March 2017 but time is running out. If you have a great idea that is hinged on Sexual Reproductive Health then you could benefit a lot from the bootcamp. You have only until 30th April 2017 to apply. Winners from the first cycle are already under incubation.

4. Bots for Messenger Challenge

Do you have an interest in developing Bots for Facebook's Messenger platform? This one is for you and the call has been running for the last three months. If you haven't made up your mind, applications close this week on 28th April 2017.


There are a series of events that will excite you this week.

  1. Grand Opening of Design Hub Kampala(DHK) (formerly The Hub Kampala)

DHK was supposed to open two months ago on the 1st of March but due to unavoidable circumstances, they have been in limbo. If you have been waiting for this, you are in luck since they are finally launching this week on the 29th of April 2017.


ELEVATE is bringing seasoned speakers who have made it in both business and career to come tell their story and give advice on how others too can make it or reach their dream early in life; from Vanessa Atim, founder of Pro-Interns to Dickson Mushabe, founder of Hostalite.  If you are a recent graduate, wantpreneuer or startup aficionado, this is for you.

3. Rails Girls Kampala workshop

This workshop is aimed at equipping girls with IT skills to enable them build IT based solutions. It is taking place at the Makerere University College of ICT based Global Business Labs. This is highly recommended to young girls who are still trying to figure out which problems to solve or which solutions to explore in problem solving. It is also a great networking opportunity.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your endeavours this week.

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