Ugandan sexual health startups to pitch for place on Up Accelerate


The Pitch Day for Uganda-based Up Accelerate programme for sexual health startups is set to take place tomorrow (January 17), with 10 startups to pitch for a place on the accelerator, as well as up to US$10,000 in seed funding.

Disrupt Africa reported in November the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced it would launch its sexual health-related accelerator in Uganda, in collaboration with Kampala-based hub Outbox, following a successful launch in Nairobi.

The Up Accelerate programme seeks to explore new and engaging ways to tackle pressing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges in Uganda while promoting social entrepreneurship among young people.

Startups selected to join the programme will participate in two phases of acceleration: a four month period of training, mentoring and assistance in fine-tuning their solutions and business models; and a two month phase of support in going to market.

Applicants have been put through multiple phases of selection. The organisers narrowed down applications to form a shortlist of 22 startups. This shortlist was then put to a public vote. The top 10 chosen by the public will now pitch to a jury, for a place on the accelerator – which features business and technical training -, as well as US$10,000 in seed funding.

The Pitch Day is open to the public, and takes place on January 17 from 9am at Outbox.

Registration is available here.



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