Building talent in Uganda
A new approach
We believe in the power of opportunity, especially for those that lack it. we push youth in Uganda to develop skills needed for an entrepreneurial mindset: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical-thinking, persistence, curiosity, risk-taking and focus.
Selected companies and/or communities propose real-world innovation challenges. Participants are then grouped into teams based on a psychometric application.
Students are placed into their cross-functional teams, learn about FinLit, get introduced to challenges, and work with mentors to develop innovations for their challenges.
Teams work remotely with their mentors, develop a pitch deck, take modules on financial literacy, and then reconvene 3-4 weeks later with a public audience. Attendees network with the participants, companies, and community leaders.
It’s fast-paced. It’s experimental. It’s fun.
At the end of the day, the program is not about project work or final deliverables; it’s about talent development and retention. The projects and overall process push students to develop skills needed for an entrepreneurial mindset: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical-thinking, confidence, flexibility, persistence, curiosity, risk-taking and focus. The diverse teams, mentor interactions and community support changes their perceptions of the region and help students establish roots.
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