The partnership between, the Innovation Village, a hub and co-working space in Kampala and Liquid Telecom Uganda, part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is aimed at supporting the Ugandan startups by offering high-speed internet and the best services that they lack. Liquid Telecom Uganda which was previously called Infocom will collaborate with the Innovation village to offer new opportunities for startups helping them to get other resources and expertise which can help them develop and launch locally relevant solutions.
The collaboration will include technology development programs including Liquid’s ongoing Go Cloud initiative that is supported by Microsoft with the aim of raising awareness, adoption and the use of Azure Cloud in the whole of Africa. According to Hans Haerdtle, CEO, Liquid Telecom Uganda, Uganda is seen as the hub to the youngest growing startup ecosystems.
The partnership will, therefore, help to support the young and upcoming entrepreneurs across Uganda who will be so vital in fighting the problems that affect the society by offering solutions. The partnership will as well help place Uganda in the regional and global innovation map that begins with the vibrant startup ecosystem pushed by partnership and access to a regional mark. It will open various doors for the Ugandan entrepreneurs.
The partnership has come one month after Liquid Telecom had announced to support startups joining nsight2impact’s (i2i) DataHack4FI innovation competition, which aims to harness the power of data science to develop new evidence-based solutions to improve financial inclusion. The company is operational in some countries in the region including Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda.