Up Accelerate is a one-year initiative implemented by Outbox in partnership with UNFPA and funding from UKAID. It seeks to support young entrepreneurs aged 18 - 30 years that are tackling challenges in sexual and reproductive health in Uganda by providing them with mentorship, seed funding of up-to $10,000 per team, business development training and technical guidance.
The Up Accelerate initiative has been developed with support from the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, aligns with national priorities, and contributes to Vision 2040.
The Up Accelerate program was launched in November 2016 and runs until October 2017.
Jacqueline Mutumba is the C.E.O and co-founder of Digi Health Limited, a “tech for health” company that develops low cost open source tools to support development organisations in health improving their data collection and decision support processes.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Chemistry from Makerere University and an advanced certificate in applied ICT in Health and leadership from International Health Sciences University. She is passionate about using technology to improve Uganda’s health sector, with a special interest in Mental Health.
She has worked with NodeSix and Infoclan Limited as a Website developer/Content manager and Social Media Manager.
Jacqueline is an alumnus of the YALI regional leadership program.
ObedMogeni is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Digi Health Limited, a “Tech for Health” company that develops innovative solutions to improve the quality of service delivery in the health sector.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Advanced Certificate in Applied ICT Health from the International Health Sciences University Uganda (IHSU), his career has been running on three separate but closely related tracks: Desktop and Mobile Applications Development, Database Development and Entrepreneurship and Business Development.
He has worked at Kampala International University as a Software and Database Developer, Lecturer at Kampala International University, Managing Director and Founder at Snap Delivery Limited and Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Infoclan Limited.
Obed has an excellent and outstanding facilitation skills and spends most of his time training and mentoring passionate youth and university graduates in entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and use of technology to improve the quality of service delivery.
Aidah Bukubuza is a co-founder and Marketing coordinator at DIGI health limited where she focuses on empowering youth the use of evolving ICT for health, Business and Advocacy. Aidah is holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Makerere University Uganda (MUK) and an Advanced Postgraduate Certificate in Applied ICT Health from International Health Sciences University Uganda (IHSU) where she focused on systems and marketing for using the evolving technology for education, entrepreneurship and health awareness. She has over 6 years of experience in Information Technology Systems and IT Marketing. She is also a co-founder at Bernice Women Uganda and works as project and community coordinator and Young Women Advisory Panel (YWAP) Akina Mama wa Afrika both organisations advocate for rights against violence among women and girls. She is tasked with empowering women voices using ICT tools and platforms for awareness. She is also Young African Leadership Alumnus (YALI).
Aidah has volunteered in health awareness program campaigns using technology platforms with Mulago National referral hospital Uganda marathon around mental health awareness, BBC Africa Focus and Uganda Reading for recovery Club to Butabika Mental Health Hospital Uganda. Aidah is passionate and committed to use technology systems and hopes to witness many young adults use ICT for health solutions and create awareness about domestic violence and mental Health.
Kyomuhendo Phyllis is a co-founder at MOBILE SCAN SOLUTIONS UGANDA LIMITED. She is a self-motivated and result oriented professional, well trained in the field of Medical radiography, which she studied as her undergraduate degree at Makerere University. She has particular interest and practical experience in the use of Ultrasound. She is currently an employee of TMR International Hospital, Naalya as a Radiologic Technologist doing majorly ultrasound scans. She is a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and with the ability to create and promote a strong team environment, guide and transfer skills. She has a passion for life changing innovation and business.
Menyo Innocent is a co-founder and team leader of MOBILE SCAN SOLUTIONS UGANDA LIMITED. The Company is developing a low cost mobile ultrasound device to support obstetrics scanning in low resource settings. With a background of service above self through being a former president of Rotaract club of Mulago, Innocent is passionate about social impact especially in low resource areas, he has worked on other projects to include among others Nutrition for health, a programme that educates pregnant women how to feed well and attain valuable nutrients during pregnancy. Innocent is also a co-founder at T-Detect, an innovation that uses android based software that communicates with a sensor put on the buckle of the belt to monitor temperatures around the ‘manhoods’ so as to give warnings in case of unsafe temperatures that would result into impotence.
He has studied a Bachelors of Science in Medical Radiography at Makerere University Medical school, trained and acquired special skills in medical imaging including Ultrasound scanning and interpretation of ultrasound scans, Plain radiography- taking and interpretation of X-rays, CT scanning, MRI Scanning, special radiological procedures to include barium swallow, barium meal, barium enema, Hysterosalpingography. He has also acquired special hands on training in Obstetrics and Gynecology ultrasound scanning at ECUREI, an institution under Jefferson University, UK.
Ahimbisibwe Prosper is a cofounder and chief of operations of mSCAN, a low cost mobile ultrasound probe innovation that detects the risk factors of maternal mortality among pregnant women in low resource settings. He has founded a Youth Organisation of Community and Occupational Health (YACOH) as a platform of young people to strive for a healthier Uganda. He later on served in the 81st Student Guild as representative for the famous School of Medicine. His passion for research saw him serve as President of Research & Writers Club that saw the 48th Edition of Makerere Medical Journal was published. As a believer in community and social work, he is a member and outgoing Public Relations Director of the Rotaract Club of Mulago where he has engaged in various projects of charity and social justice. This propelled to an enrollment into the Young Leadership Forum Fellowship Cohort 2016-2017 by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Uganda. He just completed a five years’ program of Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery and is awaiting his medical internship in October 2017 to 2018.
Asiimwe Lydia (MPAM, BED, DFM) is a co-founder at EcoSmart Uganda Limited, a social enterprise developing sanitary pads that will be affordable to girls and women from low income earning backgrounds in Africa. In her past experience, Lydia has worked with rural communities in Western Uganda aided by Compassion International and while there for 2 years, she spent time interacting with women and girls, listening to their challenges and supporting them to come up with innovative solutions to solve these challenges. It is from this experience that Lydia developed a passion and inspiration to start the Eco Smart Pads project.
Lydia is also an innovator working on 3 other health innovative solutions incubated under the CAMTech Uganda incubator; The award winning Nuway innovation to improve the safety of passengers on boda bodas, the award winning Vein locator to locate the veins of babies during IV and SaniDrop a locally made alcohol based hand sanitiser.
Lydia doubles as CAMTech Uganda’s Finance and administrative manager and has gained experience in grant fund management, coordinating programs, managing budgets, networking and providing vital daily services to support other innovators.
Namatovu Shakira is a co-founder at Ecosmart pad. Shakira is also a student at Mbarara University of science and technology pursuing a bachelor's degree in gender and women’s health and this gave her courage and inspiration to start Eco smart pad. On the team, she spearheads community engagement programs and product assessment. In addition, she has experience working with refugee women and girls at Nakivale Refugee Settlement.
Suzan is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She attended the 2016 ABEC summer school in Cairo. Suzan interned at CAMTech Uganda where Eco Smart pad was born. She is a Co-founder at Eco Smart Uganda Limited that produces affordable biodegradable sanitary pads from recycled sugarcane bagasse. Suzan has participated in Global hackathons organised by CAMTech Uganda and recently attended a YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Kigali. She is adventurous and open minded, ready to learn from new experiences.
Aryanyijuka Noel is a co-founder and CEO of Eco Smart Uganda Limited. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical Engineering at Makerere University. The Biomedical Engineering field has been a strong basis for her passion towards developing affordable and better technologies aimed at addressing various health and social challenges in our communities. Noel is a passionate innovator that is self motivated towards achieving set goals. She is also open to learn from new experiences.
Mutebi Amos Frank is a pharmacist and an innovator who is passionate about health hence the choice of studying pharmacy at bachelor’s level was a natural fit. In 2017, Mutebi and colleagues started Medsols Uganda Limited which is an innovation and research based company with the vision of improving health both in Uganda and Africa at large.
During his free time, Mutebi focuses mainly on team building with his workmates through various activities like watching football, travelling to different places and fellowshipping.
Julius is the managing director and co-founder of Medsols Uganda Limited a private limited company dealing with developing, buying, selling and leasing medical technologies.
He ideated project iDrain, a chest drainage device for use in low and middle income countries that was voted the second best innovation at the CAMTech Uganda Hack-a-thon 2016.
Julius is in his final year of study at Mbarara University of Science and Technology pursuing a Bachelor's’ degree in Pharmacy. He has done a number of research projects in the field of traditional medicine with the most recent being a herbal anti-anaemic regimen for use in HIV/AIDS patients.
Mabel is a Director in Deloitte’s Consulting department and an International Management Consultant with 14 years of experience working with national governments, international aid development partners, non-governmental organizations, civil society and private sector organizations. She has led program management assignments in various African countries.
She holds a Master of Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School, Herriot Watt University (UK). She is also a Certified Project Management Professional and a member of the Project Management Institute.
Mabel has expertise in Program and project management, Grants management, Project evaluation and impact assessment, Quality review management, and Business Plan development and advisory.
She is passionate about helping women and youth build businesses with new approaches to tackle gaps in both the social and economic landscape of this country.
Joshua Okello is Co-Founder and CEO at WinSenga, a company based in Uganda and Chile whose vision is to make every pregnancy and childbirth safe and magical through integrated mobile technologies that empower medical personnel to deliver standardized prenatal care and labour management to expectant mothers. Previously a 3rd place winner at Start-Up Chile (one the world’s biggest and most diverse startup accelerators), WinSenga was one of only 10 startups showcasing at the 2016 World Health Summit.
Joshua has over 6-years’ experience building mobile and web solutions. He was awarded the 2014 the Future Africa Prize in Technology and is one of the youngest ever finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa. He was also Silver Winner at the 2015 inaugural Oxford Africa Innovation Fair. Joshua graduated summa cum laude (Information Systems) from Makerere University.
Rukh-shana Namuyimba is a communications specialist at Vodafone Uganda with over fifteen (15) years experience in knowledge management and communications, media & public relations, reputational risk management, stakeholder management, technical writing and events management.
With a passion for philanthropic and sustainability projects in underserved communities Rukh-shana has at least seven (7) years’ experience in community development, implementation and evaluation of sustainability and responsibility programs in the areas of education, health, and water & sanitation.
Richard is the founder and lead at Outbox, a Google for Entrepreneurs partner hub that helps new and upcoming African entrepreneurs interested in using technology with workspace, mentorship, and training programs. Through partnerships, it helps them raise funding and access markets.
He has over six years experience in building support systems for startups and developer communities.
Dr. Fredrick E. Kitoogo holds a PhD in Computer Science; an MSc in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Statistics. He holds several professional certifications including Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Fredrick has over 20 years of experience in the field of Computer Science, specifically Research & Innovations, ICT Policy & Strategy Development; ICT Governance, Risk and Compliance; Software Engineering; Networking; Information Security; Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery; Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing; e-Government; Content Development; artificial intelligence and Natural Language Processing.
On top of conducting several consultancies, Fredrick has worked as a Senior Programmer/Systems Analyst at the Uganda Revenue Authority and an IT Manager of the Judiciary of Uganda.
Dr. Okello Samuel Moses, is a public health and project management Specialist, who holds two masters degrees, one in public health and the second one in project planning and management, he also has an excellence post graduate award Diploma in project planning and management from Uganda management institute (UMI) and a series of certificate courses, in social innovation, social Clinical franchising, total market approaches, M&E frameworks for HIV, USAID guidelines and regulations, Family planning for USAID implementers, quality management in health care, commercial private sector, Lot Quality assurance , Risk & Grants management , and most recently social marketing.
Currently he holds the position of head clinical services at Uganda health marketing group (UHMG) where he oversees health system strengthening initiatives using the WHO health system pillars, in addition he supervises commodity flow to the over 300 clinics under the alternative distribution mechanism financed by the UNFPA through the ministry of health as part of the total market approach to increasing access and sustainability of priority health products and services
Timothy Musoke is the a founder and Head of Consulting and Technology for Laboremus Uganda Ltd. Timothy did his under graduate in Software Engineering at Franklin University in Columbus Ohio. After University he worked with JP Morgan Chase and Bank One Corporation before returning to Uganda. After returning to Uganda, Timothy worked for various companies in Uganda focusing on IT software consulting services. Timothy started a few IT consultancy companies which prepared him to start Laboremus Uganda Ltd with Norwegian investors, where he works today.
Laboremus Uganda is software development company focusing on banking and finance customers with the majority of them in Europe. Laboremus makes a range of systems from internet banking, wealth management, credit processing workflows and other customized solutions.
Richard is a Snr. Techlead at Medic. In addition, he recently led data teams on short term projects under startups like Vital Signs Data and Refunite and prior to that, he worked for Google in Dublin, Ireland as a data engineer on the spam team, as well as Google in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped launch the first Google offices in Africa. Richard has a degree in Computer science from Makerere University and has worked in other African countries, such as Uganda and Ghana.
John is a Program Manager with Google’s Developer Ecosystem team in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is passionate about modern apps development practices and how developers can leverage them to build successful startup ventures. Previously he was a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft and had spent 5 years before that as a software developer building financial and human resource solutions for enterprises in Africa.”
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