Seeking innovation through rapid fire and low-cost platforms

The Innovation Village

The Innovation Village is an IDEA Company.

The Innovation Village develops solutions for tomorrow by providing an enabling environment where start-ups from the knowledge intensive sectors are fast tracked to compete glocally. Our Incubation creates a synergistic environment where entrepreneurs can share learning; create working partnerships; as well as open doors to markets and resources

The Village is a destination for the next big ideas to take route. It is a convergence for different for as that bring together ideas from captains of Business and industry, the public and academia to expand the boundaries of knowledge through social innovation with focus to deliver inclusion across key sectors

At the backdrop of Uganda being named as the most entrepreneurial country in the world, The Innovation Village offers the next step to cement this recognition. As a platform the village will unlock added value and will be the difference for various small medium start-ups at a time where funding has been identified as an inhibitor to creative industry.

The village is also a collection of very specialized labs focused on extending research and knowledge in various fields. We work with pre-commercial; companies who are still in the initial development stage of their business or commercial; companies that have secured an investment or made a sale to willing customer

Our Labs

What we do

As a destination for the next BIG IDEAS we converge different players to build a forest model solution focus driven by deliberate partnerships

The Fintech Lab

The FinTech Lab converges early stage financial technologies to generate solutions that deliver efficiency in service and experience. This enhances discussion between Entrepreneurs developing potentially game-changing technologies for financial services with keen focus on bottom of the pyramid and other minority groups and communities.

Key focus of solutions includes; Mobility, Payments, Risk management, Security, Infrastructure and operational technologies (hosting, data bases, storage, networking, IT management), Alternative currencies & Big-data analytics predictive modelling,

The Entrebiz Lab

Uganda is the most entrepreneurial country in the world. The Entrebiz Lab is focused on leveraging this position. With keen focus on early stage technologies and startups that power Education, Agriculture, Health and other social trends the lab will converge independent entities into in mutual goals and social economic outcomes. The lab will also invest skill and capital in setting up successful viable enterprise.

The Media Lab

The Media Innovation Hub is a platform that converges early stage technologies and startups in media. This will explore how people connect and stay together but will also evolve to the digitalization of content produced in different format include short movies, documentaries, animations and social media marketing.

The Media Innovation Hub is a catalyst and a curator for start-ups and emerging technology or service providers with growth potential in the news media sector.

The Climate Lab

The Climate Innovation Centre focuses on cleantech product development. It aims to support innovations that more effectively manage the use of water and energy whilst ensuring the preparedness and adaptability of the broader population to the effects of climate change and increased competition and associated costs for essential resources.

The climate Lab converges innovative entrepreneurs looking to mainstream the adoption of green technologies amongst citizens as a way to increase access to resources at lower cost, minimize the effects of unmanaged pollution and waste, whilst reducing the financial and environmental impact of industry and government.

The CEO Lab

The CEO Lab is a destination for mentorship and coaching on advanced management and leadership practices for top, middle and early career journeys. We disseminate good governance and discipline to captains of Business & Industry. In the CEO Lab, thought leaders share tailored solutions for specific issues of corporations. Executives share their experiences and methods of multicultural and multidisciplinary work in various fields of national and international performance work. Our strategic projects build a responsible Business culture with keen focus on how to address social and environmental issues.

The GRAD Lab

With focus on skilling & employability, we believe in creating an environment and conditions that enable everyone to release their full potential. Where that environment is not possible, our delivery framework provides a support framework for custom solutions for graduates or companies seeking a graduate program. Our host of solutions creates an environment to enable this transition. As well as building your functional/technical experience, we build the needed focus on developing leadership skills over 8 core competencies.

The Innovation Academy @ IDEA Growth Center

IDEA Growth Center

The growth center sheds awareness by proving tools and support which are just as important.

Many at times, entrepreneurs believe funding is the only missing link between them and success. SMEs throughout the world face the same challenges, but just as important as access to finance, is:

  • business expertise and resources
  • Mentorship and business coaching
  • good business management practices
  • non-financial support
  • information, know-how, learning opportunities
  • networking opportunities

The IDEAGrowth Centre, bridges this gap, by bringing the information needed to run a successful business to the entrepreneur; address the challenges entrepreneurs face; and so promote and develop entrepreneurship in Uganda.

We are also in the process of developing an online resource portal dubbed The SME Toolkit Uganda.

The focus of this toolkit

  • Enterprises

    looking to start or grow an existing small business

  • Enterprises

    already running a business but need support to adopt best practice

  • The public

    The public that has not started yet but is considering options and needs relevant information.

Growth Center Initiatives

The growth center is home to other initiatives by Idea. These include

  • Changemaker speakers

    Get inspired by the thought leaders and captains of business and industry; the very best at what they do. Provide a forum to share ideas that challenges assumption, ignites thought and questions status quo

  • Idea Start-Ups

    Graduate through our bespoke start up program, taking ideas from heights imagined to heights achieved. An intensive one-day workshop that will provide you with everything you need to start your venture

  • Idea workshops

    Deliver workshops that support seeds of innovation and ideas. We leverage experts in different fields to run awareness & capability sessions to support growth & ideation. One-day entrepreneurship boot-camp

  • Networking Events

    Meet like-minded treps and leverage our dynamic community of innovates. The objective is to strike partnerships and support each other’s seeds

  • Idea Competitions

    Competitions where creativity thrives a chance to win funding and a chance to strike beneficial partnerships

  • Annual Idea Forum

    The grand gathering of ideas with speaker events and masterclasses

  • Hacks & starter packs

    Start-up packs full of useful material to help your business get started. We are working with partners to secure an Incubation Centre where members can rent 24-hour desk-space at a massively discounted rate

  • The Lunch

    "The Lunch" is an informal lunch meeting held periodically with a thought leaders to share ideacylins with ambitious treps who need reassurance in the possibilities of their pursuits.

  • Changemaker

    ChangeMaker are seeds of innovation, untapped potential and unexplored ambitions of the youngest population in the world. ChangeMaker provides a platform for ideas of entrepreneurs seeking funding and or partnerships for their ideas. We provide a platform for opportunity to meet opportunity.

  • I am Changemaker

    Share your Changemaker story and win partnerships, support and possibility of funding. We would love to highlight your story or help you start yours!

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Learn @ the Innovation Academy

Our programs - Enroll in one of our custom courses or join our online university

  • Special Programs
  • Financial Literacy
  • Teenovation
  • Starting an Investment Club
  • Growing your Investment club
  • Her Wings Women in Business
  • Escape from Cubicle Nation
  • Retirement Planning
  • Entrepreneurship - Starting Out
  • Kickstarting your Business with Crowdsourcing
  • Entrepreneurship 101
  • Business Planning 101
  • Building a Social Media Brand
  • Communication Strategies 101
  • Business Management: Boot Camp
  • Budgets and Managing Money
  • Building a Consulting Business
  • Building an Online Business
  • Growing Yourself
  • Personal Branding
  • Goal Setting
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Getting Your Job Search Started
  • Self-Leadership
  • Creating a Dynamite Job Portfolio
  • Stress Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Time Management: for Peak Performance
  • Building Your Self Esteem and Assertiveness
  • Conquering Public Speaking Fear
  • Creative Thinking and Innovation
  • Developing Your Executive Presence
  • Effective Planning and Scheduling
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Getting Stuff Done: Personal Development Boot Camp
  • Managing Pressure and Maintaining Balance
  • Business Writing That Works
  • Networking for Success
  • Negotiating for Results
  • Public Speaking: Speaking Under Pressure
  • Public Speaking: Presentation Survival School
  • Business Leadership: Becoming Management Material
  • Growing your team
  • Onboarding: The Essential Rules
  • Giving Effective Feedback
  • Building Better Teams
  • Business Ethics for the Office
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Delegation: The Art Of Delegating Effectively
  • Employee Accountability
  • Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Meeting Management: The Art of Making Meetings Work
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Team Building: Developing High Performance Teams
  • The ABCs Of Supervising Others
  • The Professional Supervisor
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Effective Performance Reviews
  • Leadership Skills for Supervisors
  • Creating Workplace Wellness
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Generation Gap: Closing the Gap
  • Growing your business
  • Hiring for Success: Behavioral Interviewing
  • Orientation Handbook: Getting Employees Off to a Good Start
  • Developing a High Reliability Organization
  • Change Management
  • Business Process Management
  • E-Commerce Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Nurturing Intrapreneurship
  • Inventory Management: The Nuts and Bolts
  • Social Responsibility in Business
  • Disability Awareness: Working with People with Disabilities
  • Risk Management
  • Accounting Skills for New Supervisors
  • The Minute Taker's Workshop
  • Training with Visual Storytelling
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Balanced Scorecard Basics
  • Strategic Planning
  • Lean Process Improvement
  • Safety in the Workplace
  • Developing a Training Needs Analysis
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Creating a Top-Notch Talent Management Program
  • HR for the Non-HR Manager
  • Marketing your business
  • Dynamite Sales Presentations
  • Overcoming Objections to Nail the Sale
  • Call Center Training
  • Telemarketing: Using the Telephone as a Sales Tool
  • Selling Smarter
  • Communications & PR
  • Public Relations Boot Camp
  • Marketing with Social Media
  • Prospecting for Leads like a Pro
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Getting - Keeping Your Customers
  • CRM 101 Introduction to Customer Relationship
  • Customer Service Training: Critical Elements of Customer Service
  • Building Relationships for Success in Sales
  • Advanced Project Management

Keep on the lookout for our weekly events @ the Village