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Sheebah, Navio panelists for Kampala Innovation Week

Sheebah Karungi

Sheebah Karungi

The fourth edition of Kampala Innovation Week (KIW) was launched online in August to avoid the spread of Covid-19, before organisers, Startup Uganda, started working out the finer details.

Supported by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), International Trade Center (ITC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Enabel, KIW will bring together startups, social innovators, investors, corporations, development partners and government departments to discuss the impact of the pandemic on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Despite the fact that President Museveni allowed some spaces and businesses to reopen after months of lockdown, innovators and small startups have remained among the most affected.

Entertainers too, especially musicains without a trending song were left out of business, as even the companies that used to give them gigs have since resorted to Zoom meetings and organizing shows online, among other cost-cutting measures. Worse still, musicians are worried that it may never be business as usual, ever again.

Now the fourth edition of Kampala Innovation Week, the largest gathering of the startup ecosystem in Uganda, will take place on November 26 to 28 as a virtual innovative experience with an impressive roster of speakers and panelists.

Sheebah Karungi, Uganda’s most trending female musician-turned-businesswoman – she even got nominated in this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) – will entertain, but also bring to the panel her business acumen as the proprietor of Holic Pads.

Sheebah was nominated in the category of ‘Best African Act’ alongside Burna Boy and Rema from Nigeria, Gaz Mawete from DR Congo and Jerusalema hit maker Master KG. She lost to Master KG, but that is still an accolade to Sheebah’s portfolio.

According to the Kampala Innovation Week organizers, the online forum shall also feature rapper Navio, comedian Alex Muhangi and Talent Africa’s Aly Allibhai, among a long list of notable names in innovation and startups.

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