At least 120 young innovators have benefited from the government initiative of up grading innovative young people through the innovation fund.
Speaking to journalists, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, the ICT minister yesterday said that the ministry has already dispatched Shs12b to help the young people improve their innovative skills in different business and technological ideas.
“We are making sure that we work with different countries to market our works here in Uganda and we are also encouraging investors to use the talent around the country. Already all the students that have benefited are seeing the fruits and we shall take some of them to Dubai to showcase their talents,” he said.
Three years ago, the government through the ICT ministry rolled out a programme of supporting students and other youth dealing in different innovations.
In April last year, many of these won grants and have been working on their programmes at the innovation Hub which was built by the government at UICT in Nakawa.
Yesterday, during the inspection of the innovation hub building, Mr Fredrick Kitoogo, the principal of Uganda Institute of Communication and Technology said that a number of services have been set up for the beneficiaries in the project.
“We provide space services, sandbox environment hackathons, and training and other business services for those that have been taken up. All the people who have been beneficiaries will continue to get these services,” Mr Kitoogo said.
Mr Daniel Mukisa, the Chief Executive Officer of the E-Logistics company that deals in transportation of goods from border to border who has benefited from the programme said it has been helpful to his company.
“We applied through the ministry and got selected and we have so far been given space where we work from and we get many services from them. Our company deals in track drivers where we make sure that we can connect you to drivers who can deliver goods into the country at a low cost,” Mr Mukisa said.