United Social Ventures

Coaching Young Ugandan Social Entrepreneurs

We mentor and consult youth-led social start-ups in Uganda through workshops and one-to-one coaching to make them more impactful, financially sustainable, and scalable.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1158935)

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£10,140

Donations

50

Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation

  • The best organisation in venture training.

    — 2019 Design Participant

  • Truthfully speaking, I wouldn't have come this far without United Social Venture's support.

    — Paul Matovu, Founder of the Vertical Farm featured by the Guardian and BBC in 2019

  • My venture has changed from a solution I perceived was fit for the users without consultation to a solution that is problem and user oriented.

    — 2019 Design Participant

Situation

Uganda often tops the global charts for both youth and entrepreneurship. But this entrepreneurship is enforced, unsupported, and consequently rarely creates systemic change. Almost 30% of young people are engaged in the early stages of setting up and running an enterprise. But, 21% of these go out of business every year, 89% have never accessed entrepreneurship promotion and support programs, and a third of those who had were dissatisfied with them (all statistics from GEM, 2013).

Solution

We coach promising young Ugandans at the very start of their journeys as social entrepreneurs through a mixture of workshops and one-to-one coaching. Our curriculum is tailored to the Ugandan social venture context, bridging the gap between young entrepreneurs and global best-practice methodologies (such as Human Centered Design, Systems Thinking, Lean Start-up). Ultimately, this all helps entrepreneurs design innovative impact and business models.