UTAMU Skilling The Next Wave Of Business Leaders

To step up the process of nurturing innovation and harnessing students’ entrepreneurship skills, UTAMU has developed a system that ‘nurtures scientists, technologists and innovators to transform and create new knowledge in the university so as to meet its objectives.  Students are engaged in innovative activities that help then enhance their skills and knowledge.

UTAMU is skilling innovators and entreprenuers.

At only 22 years of age, Priscah Kamutuhaire, a BSc. in Computer Science student at UTAMU has an art and crafts business running. She commends UTAMU for exposing her to a lot of opportunities and nurturing her innovative and entrepreneurial skills. She ventured into the art and craft business and makes beautifully designed art pieces from old newspapers, magazines and recycled paper.

Simon Mtabazi, a former Bsc. Computer Science student has taken innovation to another level by developing mobile applications that are touching lives not only in Uganda but also in East Africa. He currently works with ‘She Codes for Change’, an organization based in Tanzania whose mandate is to inspire, encourage and motivate young minds to leverage technology as a creative outlet to providing solutions to their surrounding communities.

Mtabazi also drives product/technology scoping, technical Intellectual Property evaluation, and third party investigation of academic and industrial sectors. While still at University, Mtabazi worked on a startup called SheriApp - a legal information application which provides free legal information citizens who need professional, quick and reliable legal advice.

Keneth Twesigye, a third year has opened up a technology and Business development hub to bridge the incubation gap in the country. The Computer Science student incubation called TechBuzz is a collaborative working environment, envisioning youth business and technology capacity development. It starts with nurturing youths' relevant business and technical skills. It is a Walk-in, Tour, Checkouts, ICT consult, Business (startup) Consult, Trainings, bootcamps, brainstorming, hackathons, ideation, pitching, co-working space/office shared space.

Twesigye describes the hub as a center that identifies organized passionate starters then extends business development services such as; virtual and physical mentorship, convenient incubation space, associate networking services, training and seminars, among other services.

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