Issued by: The Innovation Village
Leading Ugandan start-up hub, The Innovation Village secured two awards at the 2019 Top 100 Mid-sized Companies award gala held at Hotel Africana on Friday, 29 November 2019.
The awards – one for the fastest growing company, and the other for the most innovative company – were handed over to The Innovation Village at the awards gala following the Top 100 Mid-sized Companies survey whose results were released last week.
CK Japheth, founder and chief executive of The Innovation Village, dedicated the awards to those building businesses out of big dreams.
“I dedicate this to every entrepreneur with a dream too big it makes you look crazy, hustling with no evidence of results and not fazed by rejection and that entrepreneur who is discouraged not because people do not understand you but because you don’t understand yourself,” Mr Japheth said.
He dedicated the next decade to entrepreneurs on their own tough journeys. “2020-2030 is the decade of the entrepreneur, the defining decade dedicated to young hungry entrepreneurs who have not had a fighting chance. We are armed, locked and ready to unlock the massive untapped potential”.
CK Japheth also thanked his team who work hard to enable and unlock potential, as well as various partners such as the Mastercard Foundation who have believed in and supported the work of The Innovation Village.
He added that there is a need for a more formalised approach to supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, which will help corporate businesses and government organisations to grow.
“We need to institutionalise Uganda’s innovation industry by building strong and credible institutions that work together with entrepreneurs to drive innovation and, as a result, increase business growth”.
The awards were organized by Monitor Publications Limited, KPMG, the Daily Monitor, DFCU Bank, the Uganda Investment Authority and the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovations among other partners.
About The Innovation Village
The Innovation Village is a hub for entrepreneurs dedicated to creating an environment where start-ups can grow in confidence and capability, scaling from promising ideas to sustainable businesses.
Our vision, our mission, our people and our values aim at inspiring the role of technology in solving challenges for the wider community and larger industry.
As a launchpad for innovators, we bring together partners, startups, investors and researchers to act as one force for good.
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