4th Leap Conference: Inspiring African Student Entrepreneurs

Help us inspire & support Ugandan students with the skills and tools to start successful businesses

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This project will only receive pledges if at least £3,000 is pledged by Sun 07 Oct 2018

A short summary of our project

FACT: Uganda is the most entrepreneurial country in the world (GEM, 2015). 78% of its 41.6 million people are below the age of 30. Sadly, over 80% of these passionate youth are unemployed, with over 700,000 youths annually joining the Ugandan labour force.

My experience studying in Uganda did not inspire me as much as I was inspired while studying at Kingston University, London, or the University of Surrey. As the president of Kingston Entrepreneurs’ Society, I could see first-hand the significance of a successful enterprise programme to my academic experience and growth as a person – something I never had whilst studying in Uganda – and a reason I suspect very many young people are desperate to leave Africa for “greener” pastures in the West. I strongly believe that the current continental immigration challenges could best be solved by supporting and equipping these young people with the necessary tools to better themselves in their countries, as opposed to building walls and detention centres.

As one of 27 siblings, and having experienced Uganda's biting poverty first-hand whilst growing up, I set up the Association of Student Enterprises (NASE) in 2015 to give students like "my younger self" a shot. To-date, NASE, mainly through the Leap Conference, has inspired over 2,000 enterprising students and graduates from Uganda’s top Universities to take control of their future by “Leaping” into the world of enterprise and entrepreneurship, and by becoming actively engaged leaders in their communities.

As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in November 2018, NASE will run The 4th Leap Conference in Kampala – a two-day impactful program, designed to inspire and equip around 1,000 students from over 10 Ugandan universities with the tools and resources needed to take control of their destiny.

For 3 (three) years, I have been doing all this thanks to the generous support of family, friends and well-wishers like you. I have seen first-hand, the impact our activities have had on young lives, and would love to reach out to more youth, particularly those from less privileged backgrounds that wouldn't ordinary afford conference fees for such events. I can’t do this on my own. I need YOU!

ABOUT ME!

I am Dennis Aguma, an Entrepreneurship Facilitator and Business Incubation Manager with hands-on experience of offering structural support for startups, SMEs and enterprise programmes at Universities in the UK and Africa. I have acquired a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Business Management (1st Class) from Kingston University, London, and MBA (Distinction) from the University of Surrey (UK),and will be commencing a PhD (Entrepreneurship) at Birmingham City Business School this September.

I am passionate about innovation and startups, and a firm believer in the power of entrepreneurship to bring about a fair and equitable society. As an Hourly Paid (HP) Lecturer at Kingston University, I'm putting into practice what I’ve learnt in the UK to support less privileged students in my country of birth, Uganda.

OUR TARGETS!

£3,000 will enable me to travel to Uganda, book the venue and deliver the conference to no more than 500 students for one day only.

£8,000 will enable me to deliver the conference to 500 students for two days, which will allow us to cover more topics with inspiring guests.

£15,000 will enable us to deliver an impactful conference to 1,000 students for two days (our ideal target) and bring more inspiring guests. It will also help us to provide lunch and drinks for the delegates, another crucial ingredient for the conference, given that many of the students will probably not be able to afford the meals in the city.

We have worked out that the average cost per delegate would be 100,000 Ugandan shillings, which is equal to around £20. Your support will enable us to at least halve the fee, and offer free entrance to less privileged students working on brilliant startup ideas, particularly those from upcountry universities.

Part of these extra funds will also go towards providing grants/seed investment to these startups, helping set them off on a right path from the word go. This is our ultimate goal. We want to create a sustainable partnership that will last long after the Global Entrepreneurship Week.Raising this amount will also enable us to fund a BME student from Kingston University, giving them a chance for personal development in a unique backdrop of Africa.

Rewards!

Foremost, your support will enable us to inspire each of the 1,000 enterprising student delegates to start a business and have a brighter future. Also, depending on your level of contribution, the rewards range from being able to nominate a delegate of your choice – for donors that have family and friends in Uganda. For those that don't have family/friends in Uganda, a personalised message from one of the delegates that will have benefited from your donation will suffice.

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£20 will sponsor one student for both days of the conference. If you know any University students in Uganda personally, then this gives you a chance to nominate them directly, allowing you to sponsor your loved ones. For non Ugandan donors, you will receive a personalised message from a beneficiary of your donation. You can sponsor as many students as you are able to, and you don't have to know them personally.

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£50 will give you the opportunity to nominate one student to attend, and also be part of the organising team for both days. The student will network with other student organisers from Uganda’s top universities, before, during and after the conference - allowing them a chance to gain invaluable behind-the-scenes work experience of delivering a conference of this magnitude, whilst rubbing shoulders with our impressive line-up of speakers and mentors. The nominated individual will also get a certificate for this. If you know any university students in Uganda personally, then this gives you a chance to nominate them directly, allowing you to equip your loved one with some invaluable work experience, and a chance for them to rub shoulders with our impressive line up of speakers and mentors. For non Ugandan donors, you will receive a personalised message from a beneficiary of your donation. You can sponsor as many students as you wish

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You will be able to nominate two volunteer delegates of your choice – for donors that have family and friends in Uganda. For those that don't have family/friends in Uganda, you'll receive a personalised message from one of the delegates that will have benefited from your donation.

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This gives you a chance to sponsor one of the five sub-themes of your choice. Businesses are also encouraged to sponsor particular awards for businesses competing in each of the sub-themes. In return, your business will be recognized on all our marketing materials including the website, flyers, banners and also shown on the big screens during the conference. Your business will also have the opportunity to exhibit and provide promotional items for event goodie bags. Photo & Story on Company’s CEO in Conference Website. Welcome Message & Photo in Conference Program. Sponsor denoted on all marketing materials and press releases

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PLATINUM SPONSOR: Sponsor name will be part of the official event name. Your company / organisation will also have a speaking opportunity (Podium) at all five sub-theme panels. You'll have a logo placement on banners, which serve as backdrop in all press photo opportunities. Sponsor recognition at podium. Opportunity to provide promotional items for event goodie bags. Recognition of sponsorship on conference website. Banner display at sponsored event/activity. Company name on all Banners and Event PowerPoint slides. Recognition of sponsorship on conference program. Photo & Story on Company’s CEO in Conference Website. Company Name on Attendee name badge holders. Welcome Message & Photo in Conference Program. Sponsor denoted on all marketing materials and press releases.

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