Nile Breweries has launched a youth entrepreneurship programme called Kickstart, as the beverage firm targets to provide intensive business skills for start-ups. The competition targets young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35. According to Nile Breweries, Kickstart seeks to support young entrepreneurs with business ideas in the form of grants and mentorship that will guide them [entrepreneurs] grow their businesses.
Speaking at the launch of the kickstart competition at Serena hotel in Kampala, Francis Onapito Ekomoloit, the corporate affairs manager at Nile Breweries, said the programme presents a unique opportunity for Ugandan youth entrepreneurs to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
"Our main objective is not to own this programme but to change lives. We want to discover anybody who feels he/she has a good business idea. We are fully aware of how much has been said and how much has been done to try and scrap the jinx of the youth crisis," Onapito said.
The competition will include full-time training offered by highlyqualified and skilled professionals. On completion of their training, participants will be asked to draw up their own business plans. Enterprise Uganda will train the participants. Charles Ocici, the executive director of Enterprise Uganda, encouraged young entrepreneurs to execute their ideas.
"Don't keep your ideas to yourself in fear of them being stolen; anything that is not brought out in the sun will die," he said.