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.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1158935)

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
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  • 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

  • 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

  • The best organisation in venture training.

    — 2019 Design Participant


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).


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.