CiPSD wins $50,000 to support business incubation

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) has been awarded $50,000 (over sh130m) from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to support its Incubation initiatives aimed at developing mobile applications that address the social/economic development needs of underserved communities in Uganda.

The Center, hosted at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University will provide incubation support to nurture businesses that will commercialize new products and services for which proof-of-concept has been demonstrated. The products include recent research and software innovations within CiPSD and the College as well as concepts developed in the College's Software Business Incubation programme.

Some of the proposed products include: a mobile valley dam water-level monitoring and query application, a mobile application for crop disease surveillance, a mobile tourism directory and reservation application, an SMS and location based auction system that matches commodity crop traders, brokers and small producers, assuring best prices to buyers and sellers without allowing either side to manipulate the market, a national call centre hot-line application for emergency medical directions and advice, and an online coursework tutorial and examination pre-testing system for secondary school and university students.CiPSD wins $50,000 to support business incubation

The funds will also be used to support the operations and expansion of the Center's Software Business Incubation (SBI) programme. This programme has operated with practices proven in the venture capital industry. In the past, it has lacked funds to incubate its most promising entrepreneur groups but with the support from UCC it has the potential to expand its scope and impact while ensuring a sustainable supply of new ICT innovations to incubate in future years.

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