The NSSF Hi-Innovator has had a long standing partnership with Mkazipreneur and this year we were honored to host the NSSF Hi-Innovator Womens Cohort Window 3. The mkazipreneur hub space was transformed in a learning environment for the different businesses. All the boot camp sessions were held here from 15th April 2024 to 17th April 2024. These 3 days had indulging activities and interactive sessions to help ready the all the Businesses for the pitch day. There were breakaway sessions for the entrepreneurs to learn more on what comes after the course with the guidance from all our partner. Mkazipreneur partnered with Outbox, Starthub and WITU (Women In Technology Uganda) to make this boot camp successful.

Here are 10 Business Ideas that you can start

Starting a small business can be challenging, but there are many profitable business ideas that can help you succeed. Some of the most profitable businesses include branding cotton t-shirts, catering services, website design, business consulting, courier services, mobile hairdresser services, cleaning services, online tutoring, logo design, and gardening. To promote and grow your business, you can find out who your customers are and where they spend most of their time, show off your products on social media platforms, build an email list, ask for and share reviews and testimonies, offer referral rewards, use paid advertising on social media platforms, get influencers to share their results from your products with their followers, host a class or demo, and have strong keywords throughout your website.

How to promote and grow your business

To promote and grow a small business, it is important to find out who your customers are and where they spend most of their time, such as Facebook and Instagram1 . Showcasing your products on social media platforms with photos of people using or holding your products can help your audience visualize themselves with your product. Building an email list and asking for and sharing reviews and testimonies can also help keep customers engaged1 . Offering referral rewards and using paid advertising on social media platforms can make the selling process easier1 . Hosting a class or demo and having strong keywords throughout your website can also help attract customers

Snacks4U Founder – Aisha Ganda’s Entrepreneurship Journey Is A Tale Of Resilience

Aisha Ganda is the CEO of Snacks4U brand, which offers roasted simsim, pumpkin seeds, soya, hard-corns, and groundnuts. She started her business with chapatis, samosas, and half cakes, which she would supply to school canteens under the business name Aisha's Confectionaries. However, the short shelf life of chapatis and other soggy eats marked the end of the first baptism. Then came Snacks4U. Aisha added roasted simsim, pumpkin seeds, soya, hard-corns, and groundnuts to the merchandise. With the school market ending and requiring more supply, Aisha relied on vigorous marketing and community effort. She would have women from the barracks provide labor while others brought their raw products, and she handled the finishing part.

Meet the Mkazi tailors who championed the mask project

Motiv and Mkazipreneur partnered to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) masks for civilians in Uganda to protect themselves against COVID-19 while providing opportunity for tailors. The initiative gave ordinary people like tailors and fashion designers a chance to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. The masks were effective and reusable, and are now being used by hospitals. The project also opened the eyes of many tailors to the fact that they are valuable players and their skills can be useful way beyond garment construction. The initiative also provided financial support to tailors and opened their eyes to small opportunities around them.

Hudah Nassali’s objective is to change the routine of people consuming unhealthy junk beverages that put their lives at risk

The given text is an article about Hudah Nassali, the founder and team leader at Suphianah Investments Ltd, a company that produces tea to optimize good health naturally. The article discusses how Hudah started her business by selling spiced tea to teachers and students while working as an assistant bursar at her father's school. She later founded Suphianah Investments to produce healthier tea options using herbs and spices. The company also created a 3-acre herbs and spices farm in Mpaata to train single mothers on how to grow and harvest herbal tea and spices. The article encourages readers to reach out to Hudah for business collaboration and support.

Now is the time for business owners to embrace e-commerce

The given text discusses the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and e-commerce in Uganda. The country implemented strict lockdown measures, including the closure of non-essential businesses and a ban on public gatherings and transport. However, essential businesses and services, including logistics and supermarkets, continued to operate. Many non-essential business owners turned to online sales and delivery services to survive. Uganda's domestic e-commerce sector has always run on mobile devices and social media platforms, making it easier for businesses to switch to online sales. The article suggests that e-commerce has tremendous potential in Uganda and that businesses should embrace it to overcome the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

How to keep sane while social distancing

The given text is an article that provides tips on how to keep oneself sane while social distancing. The article acknowledges the challenges of social distancing and provides practical solutions to help readers cope with the situation. The tips include accepting the situation, creating a routine, limiting exposure to news, being active, connecting with friends, setting goals, helping strangers, reading books, learning a new language, enrolling in a course, and getting creative. The article also includes questions that Reese Witherspoon asks herself each day during the quarantine period.