Meet the green entrepreneur: A new generation of young entrepreneurs and their businesses from Africa, Europe, Asia and the US
An entrepreneur from Uganda’s Kigali region is creating a company that uses its blockchain technology to provide financial aid to poor people in Africa.
The project, called Gewala, is an initiative of the Uganda Entrepreneurs Union, a national organization dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs develop businesses and build networks in Africa and South East Asia.
Gewala is the result of a collaboration between the Uganda Business Accelerator, which is the primary incubator for entrepreneurs, and the Uganda Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which helps young entrepreneurs get started.
The business accelerator and the Chamber of Business and Industry have been working together for the last few years, helping young Africans, who are not accustomed to working with technology, to get their start.
The partnership has also created a network of young African entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in Uganda, which has helped the Ugandan Chamber of Entrepreneurs to create a network in the country to support young entrepreneurs in their journey to entrepreneurship.
“It’s a very important thing for us to be able to help the young entrepreneurs,” said Mwangi Mwangire, CEO of Gewalala.
“We want to encourage young people in Uganda to get the technical knowledge, to know the technology and to build the networks and networks of their own.”
The startup, which started with a group of five young entrepreneurs, has now expanded to include up to 20 young entrepreneurs from across Uganda.
The project is part of a new generation that is also trying to find opportunities in Africa, Mwangie said.
The founders hope the partnership with the Uganda Chambers of Entrepreneurry will help them to continue their growth.
“We are really excited about our partnership with Uganda Chamber,” said Chazima Mwangigbo, co-founder and CEO of the Ugandans Gewalla, who started his career in the technology sector in Uganda.
“The Chamber of Venture is one of the best incubators for young people who want to start a business.”
While many young African Americans are moving to the United States and Europe, the Gewa’s mission is to help them do the same.
“When I came to Uganda, I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” said Yungwa Mwamba, a 25-year-old entrepreneur who is working on a business to give free food to the needy.
“In Uganda, we have a lot of problems that we have to deal with, but we know how to solve them,” Mwambas co-founders said.
“Gewa will help us solve the problems in the economy.”
The Ugandan entrepreneurs will be working on two projects: one is to launch a digital business to help young people get their feet wet in the tech industry and the other will be a social media marketing platform that will help young entrepreneurs connect with potential business partners in their communities.
“Our aim is to get more young people to join the startup community in Uganda,” Mwangiga said.
In an effort to boost the business climate in Uganda in the long run, Gewalta has also teamed up with Uganda’s government to provide grants to entrepreneurs who are creating new businesses.
The goal of the project is to build partnerships between young entrepreneurs as they work toward becoming entrepreneurs.
“This will be an opportunity to help entrepreneurs to grow their business,” Mwaiga said, adding that there are many young entrepreneurs who have never been able to get off the ground because they are afraid of the consequences of leaving their companies behind.
“When we get a grant from the government, we will also be able help them build their businesses,” Mwelebo said.
Gewsala has already received funding from the Uganda government and is currently seeking more funding to expand the project.
The Gewalsa project is the second of its kind in Uganda and will help other entrepreneurs build businesses in Uganda as well.
“I would like to see more of these projects,” Mwarika Mwangiba, cofounder and chief executive officer of Gewsala, said.