United Social Ventures

Accelerating Social Start-ups in Uganda

Coaching youth-led social start-ups in Uganda through workshops and one-to-one advisory to make them more impactful, financially sustainable, and scalable.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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)
  • OtherOther




Uganda is consistently rated as one of the youngest and most entrepreneurial countries in the world. Almost 30% of adults are engaged in the early stages of setting up and running an enterprise (GEM, 2015). And, half of all Ugandan adults are under 30 (UBOS, 2019). But this entrepreneurship is enforced, unsupported, and consequently rarely creates systemic change. 21% of these go out of business every year, 89% have never accessed entrepreneurship promotion and support programs (GEM, 2013).


USV trains and coaches young Ugandan social entrepreneurs at the very start of their journeys to design and implement innovative and impactful social ventures. Our high-quality, cost-effective workforce of coaches equipped with a tailored experiential learning curriculum - based upon global best-practice methodologies such as human centered design and lean start-up. Our ongoing support also gives entrepreneurs the emotional validation to persist through, and learn from, challenges.

  • 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

  • This was really a life changing course because... I have all it takes to make a positive impact in my society and nation.

    — Design Intern

  • It has been a very educative experience that has changed my life tremendously. With USV around, I personally will be a big entrepreneur very soon!

    — Build & Grow Participant