Briefing: DJ Karo & Rugyendo’s startups get govt grants; Rukutana educates Anite on UTL; Okecho out of MTN Uganda and more

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Carol Kisukye aka DJ Karo. Image credit: DJ Karo/Facebook

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Welcome to the Friday edition of the SautiTech where you read about the latest reports in the tech and startup space in Uganda

DJ Karo, Rugyendo benefit from NIISP

Carol Kisukye aka DJ Karo and Red Pepper co-cofounder Arinaitwe Rugyendo are among prominent Ugandans whose startups benefited from the Shs6 billion that the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance recently released through NIISP.

DJ Karo, who is married to Cedric Babu, the marketing and communications chief at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), co-founded Illiphant app, which they want to promote Ugandan movies.

Rugyendo, who recently nabbed a position on the 32-member committee that is spearheading Uganda’s journey in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, seduced the ministry with e2 Young engineers, an ed-tech startup that promotes STEM education among young learners (4 to 15). His startup was also recently endorsed by First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni, who is also the minister of Education & Sports.

Government is yet to release the full list but some of the other startups that won the funds include Jaguza Livestock App which scored Shs100m, Elunda (79.5m), Travel Uganda Monitor (70m), Akello Banker (100m), Akatale App (70m), Mama Ope (100mM) and Dagala App (100m)

Others are OWC Tech (Shs50m), UNEB Services app (Shs250m), Mwalimu (Shs50m), Sign Language Directory and Dictionary (Shs15m), Kainoafrica (100m), My lib (100m).

There is also Mama Pneumonia (70m), Mobi Care (100m), Healthcare for Deaf Patients (100m), Yonja (100m) and Get a plot app (100m)

AG Rukutana says Minister Anite can’t fire Twebaze

The Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has assured Minister of Investment Evelyn Anite that she has no powers to sack the current Administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) Bemanya Twebaze.

Anite moved to fire Twebaze from overseeing the operation of UTL after he allegedly blocked the auditing of the operations of the telco. Also the current executive director of Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Twebaze was appointed UTL’s administrator after it started struggling following the exit of Ucom Limited, a Libyan firm that owned 69 percent shares.

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Val Okecho heads to Vivo Energy

Celebrated radio presenter Val Okecho has left his job as Corporate Communications Manager at MTN Uganda to join Vivo Energy. Another report indicates that he also left his job at Capital FM.

MTN Uganda also lost Justina Ntabgoba-Kayemba another top executive in the communications department. She was the senior manager of Corporate Affairs.

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Chipper Cash joins Gates Foundation-backed accelerator

Chipper Cash, a money transfer platform co-founded by Ugandan developer Ham Serujongi is among three African fintechs that have joined the Catalyst Fund‘s accelerator programme.

The programme, which is also funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co., will see the startups get between $50 000 to $60 000 in non-equity funding after six months of training.

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10 Ugandan startups are PictchAgriHack semifinalists

10 Ugandan startups namely: Jaguza Tech, Bingo Fresh, Agro Supply, Akaboxi, Efamu Company, Endelea, Famunela, FootMo Kit, Nampya Farmers’ Market, and Technoplus IT Solutions Ltd are among 100 agri-tech startups that will face off in the semi-finals at the Pitch AgriHack 2019.

The competition supports entrepreneurs through capacity building and funding to accelerate youth employment and agricultural transformation.

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