The U.S. Mission and the American Chamber of Commerce of Uganda opened the second annual Generation Agripreneur Summit and Expo on Tuesday at UMA showgrounds in Kampala.
The expo admits interested persons at Shs20,000 for three days of activities and students at only Shs10,000.
It features more than 120 companies from Uganda and the United States involved in the agriculture industry; exhibitors and speakers, and showcase new technologies in agricultural inputs, financial services for agribusinesses, and the latest in transportation services.
“A main goal of the Expo is to create linkages between US and Uganda businesses and investors, and to expand ties between people of both countries,” says US ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac.
Malac said the US mission in Uganda supports events like Agripreneur Expo because it believes Uganda’s agricultural sector is a good investment for companies in US and around the world.
“We also want to create linkages between American and Ugandan businesses and investors, and to expand ties between the people of both countries.”
The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, supports opportunities for young Ugandan entrepreneurs, like the just-launched three-year program with Yunus Social Business Uganda.
A total of 13 social business will participate in this first cohort of the Social Business Accelerator.
This initiative will support small and medium social businesses to generate sustainable jobs, income opportunities, and access to services for the Ugandan people.
Under this partnership, 1,500 social entrepreneurs will receive training and mentoring.
The most promising enterprises – with the potential to create more than 2,000 jobs – will receive investment funds up to $350,000.