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Go Global Rwanda & Uganda
Join us for our five-day mission from October 11-16 , 2021 to Kigali and Kampala. Startups.be, Agoria and Close the Gap join forces to organize their third Go Global mission to discover Africa’s booming tech scenes. This mission offers you a chance to mingle and collaborate with local business leaders and entrepreneurs who know best what Rwanda and Uganda have to offer for the future of tech development in Africa as well as on a global scale.
Nicknamed the Singapore of Africa, with a capital city hailed as being the “tech hub of Africa” Rwanda’s growing reputation for development in the world of digital has come on leaps and bounds over the last decade. According to the World Bank’s 2018 Ease of Doing Business Index, Rwanda has risen above countries like Italy, Belgium, and Israel to become the 41st most business-friendly nation on earth.
Which is why we believe in the importance of being on ground zero to hear the latest from local entrepreneurs and tech visionaries. Alongside this, the mission will branch out to neighboring Uganda, visiting the country’s capital Kampala, known throughout the continent for its leading role within telecommunications as well as a whole host of impressive startups and exciting new industries.
The objective of this Rwanda/Uganda mission is to create potential partnerships and raise awareness about Digital for Development opportunities. The focus is on startups and scale-ups in AI, IoT, fintech, agritech, cleantech, healthtech, edutech, etc. But, actors from cooperation development, non-profit associations, academics, and corporates are also very welcome.
After Kenya and Nigeria, Startups and Close the Gap join forces to organize this Tech Go Global Mission to discover Africa’s booming tech scenes in Rwanda and Uganda in the framework of the Belgian Digital for Development program.
Monday, October 11
Arrival at Kigali International Airport–stay at Onomo Hotel Kigali (***)
- Welcome drink in the evening (no program scheduled).
Tuesday, October 12 - The Singapore of Africa
- Kick off session at Kigali Innovation City hosted by the Rwanda Development Board: “Singapore of Africa” to “A testing laboratory for Africa” with overview of the tech startup scene with testimonials of Zorabots and Savics.
- Visit of the brand new Carnegie Melon University Industry Hub.
- Discovery of “Move” an eMobility Solution initiated by Volkswagen, Siemens, SAP and GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH) at the Volkswagen Assembly plant.
- Visit of Mara Phones, the very first “Made in Africa” phone.
- Dinner at the Pili Pili Restaurant.
Wednesday, October 13 - Co-creation day
- Co-creation session with local tech startups at CcHub Design Lab.
- Immersion sessions in local tech startups.
- Reception hosted by Belgian Embassy.
Thursday, October 14 - Immersion in tech solutions
- Visit of Zipline drone facility in Muhanga. Zipline enables life-saving deliveries of medicine and medical supplies by drone.
- Digital for Development best practices and “Reverse pitching” session by NGOs at Red Cross.
- Visit of the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
- Drive to the airport.
Flight to Entebbe Airport, Kampala,Uganda
Thursday October 14
- Arrival in Kampala–stay at Emin Pasha Hotel (*****) or Urban Blue Hotel (****)
Friday October 15
- Kickoff session at Innovation Village with B2B sessions with local tech players (co-organized with FIT, AWEX and Hub Brussels)
- Visit of Safeboda, Uganda’s most known startup
- AI session at United Nations Pulse Lab (TBD)
- Reception at Belgian Embassy
Saturday October 16
- Closing session on “Private Sector Development” organized by Enabel at the Design Hub
- Leisure afternoon at the Kaazi Beach Resort at Victoria Lake
- Drive to Entebbe Airport for the night flight back to Europe
The price is 1.690 euro per person (without VAT) for startups, non-profits, small and medium sized enterprises, and academics, and 2.590 euro per person (without VAT) for corporates (250+ employees).
Prices include accommodation, food, activities and local transport.
Subsidies & Funding Opportunities
Startups and scale-ups can get a subsidy of Flanders Investment & Trade, Brussels Invest and Export or Awex (depending on where your startup/scale-up is based) for this mission that covers about 50 percent of the costs. It's important that you send them your dossier at the latest two weeks before departure.
Discover available subsidies based on where your company is located:
Prices exclude flights. Once you register, our partner ALK Reizen will automatically send you a flight quote within 72h.
If you do not wish to receive a quote from ALK Reizen and you would like to book your own flights, it is particularly important that all participants take the same flight from Kigali to Kampala to fit the program’s schedule. The program starts on Tuesday, October 12 early in the morning, so please arrive on Monday, October 11. The program ends on Saturday October 16, late afternoon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
If interested to extend your trip (1 day trip to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park or 2 day safari in Uganda’s Murchison Falls), contact our partner http://www.2travel2safaris.com/contact/ who can arrange a customized trip.
Visa & Vaccines
A visa is required to travel to both Rwanda and Uganda.The visa cost is $50 for Rwanda and $50 for Uganda and can easily be obtained on arrival at the airport. Just make sure to bring the exact amount in cash. Alternatively, you can also apply for the East African Visa at $100 (which includes Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya) online through this link and you will need a copy of your passport, a photo ID (smaller than 40KB) and an invitation letter,which we can provide you.
Some vaccines are required(ex: Yellow Fever) and others are recommended. Please contact your doctor or any travel clinic asap to make proper arrangements.