Enable Youth Uganda Experience

It was a wonderful experience at Enable Youth Uganda Boot camp in Kasese, the best training in my life that was hands-on and very practical for a typical startup in Uganda.

Networking with youth who are engaged in many businesses with different ideas did not only encourage me but I was also challenged me to work harder and be consistent to achieve my goal.

Akaboxi being unique and of great demand given the fact that youth and women are financially excluded in communities.

I also learned among others Gender equality promotion towards life cycle of people and agri-enterprises, management of self and teamwork, leadership family and business management putting into consideration business environment, institutions and services, business support and importance of networking, agri-production services, and technology creativity.

I enjoyed the trainers who not only taught me strengthening business management but also learned from hands-on experience by many demonstrations like the Siphon saver, Tycoon spender and the skit which demonstrated the real behavior of a typical Ugandan woman surrounded by many demands of society, family hence affecting business growth. The solutions came out clearly and wonderfully.

Those are few; I could write a full paper on how resourceful Enable Youth Camp has pushed me a million milestones towards the success of AKABOXI.

Africa Innovation Summit (AIS)

Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) in Kigali Rwanda.(2018)

Akaboxi was privileged to participate and showcase our product at AIS in Kigali Rwanda 6-9th June 2018 at Kigali Convention Center whose goal was to engage as many people as possible in order to build a broad constituency in support of innovation in Africa. 50 participants /innovators from 15 countries across the continent were selected to showcase their innovations.

AIS is an Africa-wide and homegrown initiative aimed at harnessing the innovation potential of the continent. It aims to mobilize the people and, especially those with the ‘power to act’, including investors, the people with the ideas, the policymakers, the researchers and academics, the business community, the youth, as well as innovators and thinkers into a coalition for collective action to promote and build an enabling environment for innovation in Africa.
AIS provided a platform to promote dialogue, for the exchange of best practices among stakeholders across African countries and the whole world.

We showcased what is happening on the continent, and shared lessons of experience.

The platform also included engaging with African researchers and scholars to undertake case studies to tease out lessons of experience in order to facilitate learning by stakeholders.
The African Innovation Exhibit that was part of the AIS provided a stage to showcase home-grown innovations and innovators on the continent that are ideal to solve African problems.

Participants included

  • Heads of States and Governments;
  • Ministers and other government officials and senior policy makers;
  • Heads of the regional and continental organizations;
  • CEOs of established companies and founders of start-ups;
  • Partners from Venture capital firms and private equity, as well as Bankers and capital market operators;
  • Academics, researchers, policy experts, science and technology experts;
  • Business angels, high net worth individuals, innovators, thinkers, and entrepreneurs.

Akaboxi benefited a lot from networks, discussions, collaborations, and sharing of knowledge

Uganda Development Bank(UDB) Awards

Uganda Development Bank(UDB) Awards Akaboxi

Participating in the 2017 i-Growth Accelerator Program empowered us to make meaning full changes in our company that helped shape our business. The accelerator experience taught us to develop a value proposition centered on customer pain-points and then relentlessly focus all business activities― marketing, sales, and delivery―on alleviating them. That is easier said than done. We slowly replaced our fear with faith. We learned the importance of adopting a mindset of abundance reflecting on the kind of work we wanted to do the next five years, and then claimed that it should be our focus in the present moment to notice a healthy cycle of accelerating growth. We felt like our business finally had momentum, which gave us the courage to make larger commitments to further
align activities with our focus. The most valuable lesson we learned from the accelerator peers is that

Courage doesn’t mean the absence of fear. Instead, courage means to feel fear completely and act anyway.

We learned that business requires a lot of courage, to work longer and harder, keeping ourselves
in the center of each decision. Through the accelerator program, we learned to codify core
values that reflected our company’s unique values and priorities when confronted with
challenging situations and decisions. With our unique core values, and the resulting
behaviors and decisions, this will set us apart from competitors and increase our overall
capacity for work.
It was a great experience recognizing that we needed advice from people outside our team. We
were surrounded by smart experienced people who were eager to help us and learn from
us as well.
One of the speakers highlighted the importance of the startups, that once supported would
transform the economy. They are owned and founded by youth, learned people who do
research about their businesses.

We learned that the best startups indeed are the ones solving real problems and that, staying
focused is imperative to moving fast and achieving success.
It was great having to sell our own brand to great scholars and businessmen and
above all to learn from fellow peers and startups. Read the full story here