Briefing: 60 startups qualify for govt fund; Airtel free internet; Kiira car assembly plant takes shape and more

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Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze will this thursday announce sixty startups with will benefit from NIISP. Image credit: Huawei Uganda ICT Academy/Twitter.

Good evening, Briefing reader!

Here is a rundown of the latest stories in the Ugandan startup and tech space.

Govt increases NIISP-funded startups by a multiple of 5

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda will this Wednesday be the Guest of Honour as Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze unveils sixty of the 100 startups that pitched to benefit from the second round of NIISP, or National ICT Initiatives Support Programme.

Over 600 startups had initially applied and they are from different sectors, including health, agriculture, education.

Though it’s not yet clear how much money will be doled out, Tumwebaze had hinted that funds would be increased to Shs30 billion. It was only Shs5 billion at the start of the project.

Airtel offers free internet to public libraries

Airtel Uganda, which recently rolled out its 4G network across the country, is now boosting its reach by offering free Wi-Fi internet to nineteen public libraries across the country. Click here for more

Kiira Motors assembly plant takes shape

Kiira Motors Corporation has unveiled pictures showing the progress of the construction of the Kiira Vehicle Assembling plant. Being constructed at Kagogwa village, Kakira Town Council in Jinja District by National Enterprise Corporation [NEC] and the UPDF engineering brigade, work on the project began in February of this year, according to Daily Monitor.

Shs63.7b will be spent on the project and it is expected to take two and a half years. When completed, the plant will have a capacity to assemble 5,000 vehicles every year in its first phase.

Meanwhile, the Corporation on Monday received a visit from Susan Desmond-Hellmann, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who also visited Tooke Online, a company that adds value to Matooke by making flour from it.

Canadian govt calls Ugandan startups to apply for funding

The High Commission of Canada has launched its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

The CFLI is a program designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement.

Apply here before June 27

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