Empowering the next generation of young innovators in Uganda and beyond..
Empower Youth in Technology (EYIT) is a youth led non-profit research and innovation center. Founded in 2017 by a team of youth, EYIT was incorporated in March 2018 and is now a home of young innovators and entrepreneurs in southwestern Uganda. EYIT was started with an aim to be a major contributor to local capacity building, enabling creation of local digital jobs for the youth through innovation commercialization.
EYIT brings together innovators, policy makers, researchers, investors to learn, work together, share experiences and knowledge, access business mentorship and a workspace in order to create technology businesses.
To create a vibrant research and innovation center that brings together a community of researchers and innovators with solutions to address African challenges.
To be a recognized research and innovation center in Africa by 2025.
E.Y.I.T supports and mentors early stage startups and ideas.
E.Y.I.T offers a work space to young entrepreneurs that have gone to market at a subsidized rate as they build their businesses.
E.Y.I.T offers support to young business that need to grow. This includes a one year business mentorship, office space with high-speed internet, marketing and networking opportunities among other services.
E.Y.I.T conducts hands-on training sessions for startups, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts.
E.Y.I.T hosts technology and entrepreneurship events such as hackathons, think tanks, information sessions and networking events. We also gather community members to discuss and address matters concerning the technology community.
This is the great team that has been supportive towards all the activities carried out at E.Y.I.T
From August 2017–Present: Master of Science in Information Systems at MUST.
Head Of Operations
Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Planning and Community Development from MUST
Lecturers Management at MUST (Faculty of Business and Management Sciences) since 2005
Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from MUST
Currently persuing his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at MUST
Finance & Administration
Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from MUST
Dr. Musiimenta is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department Information Technology at MUST
Head Of Research
She is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Computing and Informatics at MUST
Apparently, a few or no parent in Uganda will probably offer 20,000,000/= to his/her son/daughter to implement a tech and innovative startup like Mobile Apps, Software or even Systems, Machines, Devices
This has left many innovators with no other option but to rely on funding sources like Grants, Equity investors, loans and Donations.
These sources however may not easily fund individuals with just ideas. Most of the times it has to be a group of people operating legally, thus registered with government and perhaps pay taxes.
Empower Youth In Technology (EYIT) is glad to introduce EYIT Annual Innovation Challenge (EICH). Every year, we shall enroll teams of young innovators in our EYIT Startups Incubation Program (ESIP), through which teams shall always identify challenges, propose solutions, come with prototypes before competing to win necessary support to achieve their final products.
EYIT wins a FIRE AFRICA grant from Africa Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) to implement a women empower in ICT.
This grant will create a capacity for female students in ICT fields from Mbarara University of Science and Technology through bussiness mentorship, refresher technical skills training and provision of a co-working space to turn their research prototypes into viable startups.
Empower Youth in Technology (EYIT) in partnership with The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) will on Friday 21st June 2019 at 2:00PM, host Western Uganda’s solutions’ pitch for the Justice Innovation Challenge 2019 at EYIT’s Innovation Center in Mbarara, Bananuka drive, Former standard Chartered Bank building, next to UMEME, Level 3.
With this opportunity you stand a chance of receiving seed funding of up to 20,000 Euro, receive business
development support of up to one year, access to an international expert network and
potential further investment opportunities.
Empower Youth In Technology on the 11th of June 2019 hosted Mr. Julius Kateega, popularly known as Kay Eyakoowa the Programs Director of Western Uganda’s only Urban Radio station, @91.2 CroozeFM, the C.E.O Techsys Autos and a mobile App; ‘Vuganda’ a one stop center for Cars on market and Spare Parts. 2 hours was all it took to ignite the innovation Spirit in young innovators. Bellow we share with you some of the lines captured in his submission..
“A Formula that has failed several times is absolutely wrong. That’s not a problem. One who chooses to keep using this wrong formula is the problem.
Sadly some Youths are not even willing to try the wrong formula. You can only know the formula wont work if you choose to try it. By it failing with to work with someone, may not mean it will, with you. Cultivate the formula, it matters. Its a question of choices.”
“Globally, the thinking that you will live your best life out of just a salary is another wrong formula. The boss puts where he wants you, gives you enough to keep you around and work for him. Innovation and Entreprenuership is the THING.Create time for you. START WORKING FOR YOU!, FOR YOUR GOAL Manya Enakuyo.”
“A good concept alone is not enough. We have seen Supermarkets fall, we have also seen Kabalagala sellers grow to success. The FINANCIAL FORMULA matters a lot by the way”
This is Western Uganda’s first physical meet-up for learners who have or would want to enrol in Andela Learning Community (ALC) 4.0 program in collaboration with Google and Pluralsight. The Andela Learning Community is a network of people across Africa dedicated to learning how to use technology to solve humanity’s problems.
Through the ALC, Andela invests in communities of talented technologists across Africa. Our goal is to provide an ever growing population of aspiring technologists with the resources and environment they need to become world-class problem solvers.
The event aims to drive Andela’s commitment to the growth of the tech ecosystem in Uganda by raising employable developers and tech leaders. To that regard, the meet-up event will be a gathering of learners, facilitators, mentors and tech leaders.
The purpose of the first ALC 4.0 meet-up is to connect young tech talents and learners to physical mentors who will assist them in their learning and growing their tech skills; in order to become world class programmers.
In summary, the event will feature tutorials, coding sessions, questions & answers, tech talks, and follow up support
Doro Ronnie https://t.co/UHT1oMmhPE via @YouTube— EMPOWER YOUTH IN TECHNOLOGY (@eyitug) June 22, 2019
Doro Ronnie https://t.co/UHT1oMmhPE via @YouTube
Mbarara Uganda, Plot 24 High Street. Opposite Adit House next to UMEME regional office Mbarara Level three.