The Startup Ecosystem of Kampala

Home to 96% of Uganda’s startups, Kampala boasts a vibrant startup ecosystem that is ranked 462 in the world.


While Kampala decreased by 93 spots in its global rank in the Global Startup Ecosystem Index of 2022, its ranking in Uganda remained stable at 1 nationally since 2021.

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In Eastern Africa

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The Startup Ecosystem in Kampala

Startups in Kampala excel in Fintech, Ecommerce & Retail, and Social & and Leisure. There are some notable success stories contributing to the city’s growing Fintech industry. One of the most promising startups in Kampala in 2022 is SafeBoda, XENO Investment Management, and clinicPesa.

Global Rank

Kampala is ranked within the top 500 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Kampala’s startups excel particularly in Fintech where it ranks 168 and in Ecommerce & Retail, and Social & Leisure. Find out more

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Notable Startups in Kampala
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XENO Investment Management
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Successful Fintech startups in Kampala
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Ensibuuko startup icon
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Startups Ranking by Industry

Fintech icon
#168 worldwide

On our map, you can explore a total of 20 startups for Fintech.

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Ecommerce & Retail
#315 worldwide

In Eastern Africa, Kampala's Ecommerce & Retail is in top 315. Kampala has a concentration of about 0% of the country's total Ecommerce & Retail startups that are represented on our map.

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Social & Leisure
#338 worldwide

Social & Leisure is ranked 338th in the world. Our database contains 17 startups for this industry.

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Why should you join Kampala's Startup Ecosystem?


Within Kampala there is an increased attraction for entrepreneurs to set up their startups in industries such as Fintech, Ecommerce & Retail, Social & Leisure. These three industries represent about 55% of the startups represented on the Startup Ecosystem Map of Kampala.


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Regional Rank


Kampala is Uganda's 1st best startup ecosystem and is ranked 3rd in Eastern Africa. With a population of 1M - 2M people, Kampala is ranked th in the world. The city boasts some notable startup success stories including SafeBoda.

Startup Infrastructure in Kampala
With a large variety of initiatives, Kampala's startup ecosystem stands out from other cities in Eastern Africa. Kampala offers a number of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups. Below is a list of Kampala's most prominent support initiatives:


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StartHub Africa (NGO)

RAN Lab (ResilientAfrica Network) startup icon

RAN Lab (ResilientAfrica Network)

AVODA Institute of Entrepreneurship startup icon

AVODA Institute of Entrepreneurship

Coworking Spaces

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VentureLabs Africa

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National ICT Innovation Hub

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Makerere Innovation and Incubation Center


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Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

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Ortus Africa Capital

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