Makerere University’s School of Public Health – Resilient Africa Network (RAN) will this Friday, July 24th 2020, hold the 2020 ICT Innovation Katale Virtual Event with support from Ministry of ICT and National Guidance.

The program (RAN) was allocated 14 innovation projects under the second cohort of the National ICT Initiatives Support Program (NIISP). According to a statement that Campus Bee has seen, all the projects received funding from the Ministry and were assigned to the RAN lab to receive technical support and guidance towards the realization of their transformative digital solutions.

“With our partners at United Social Ventures, innovators have been taken through an intense incubation program that included business and enterprise development training, development of a business model, and development of a market and user-outreach plan. Teams were also offered one-on-one coaching and mentorship support and given specialized attention during the COVID-19 Pandemic partial lockdown.” The statement reads in part.

For a brief picture on the 14 projects and what they have been through leading to Friday; http://www.ranlab.org/nissp-incubates-showcase-their-projects-during-the-2019-ict-innovation-katale.  

The 2020 ICT Innovation Katale Virtual Event that we mentioned earlier, is the culmination of all these efforts. The virtual event will be hosted by RAN in partnership with the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance and United Social Ventures on Zoom (as a closed event for invited guests) and will also be broadcasted live on Facebook, as an open event for the general public.

“We will use the hashtag #RANICTKatale to post about the event on various social media platforms prior to and during the virtual event, which will take place live on Friday 24th July, 2020 from 10:00 AM. Though some of these NIISP ventures are still being supported towards recovery from the impact of the ongoing global pandemic, we feel it is a good time to showcase these innovations to potential scaling partners and to the broader public who we hope will be future clients and users of these homegrown digital solutions. ” The statement from RAN further reads.

According to the organisers, the elected teams will then be invited to pitch their ideas live and engage with potential partners. There will aslo be a plenary to discuss what needs to be done to support and facilitate the success of more ICT -based startups.

The Resilient Africa Network (RAN) is a multidisciplinary innovation development lab that leverages the creativity and talent of entrepreneurs, scholars, faculty and communities to develop and scale innovative ideas. The lab was founded on the premise of bringing together scholars, a diverse array of industry players and entrepreneurs to co-create evidence-based solutions that build the resilience of communities facing recurrent shocks and stresses in Africa.

They offer support to innovators in developing and launching their most compelling ideas, start-up enterprises and businesses that tackle the key challenges in communities like climate change, food insecurity, financial inclusion, rapid urbanization, disease epidemics and chronic conflict among others.

For more information about what they do and have done in the past, visit their website at www.ranlab.org

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