The Startup Ecosystem of Uganda

Uganda has 1 city in the top 1000 and is one of Eastern Africa’s best countries for setting up a startup.


Uganda’s startup scene saw an increase in 2023 and jumped 5 spots from the previous year, outranking Angola.



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Startup Ecosystem Overview

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Uganda is a landlocked country in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa and one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the continent.

Uganda’s startup ecosystem is enjoying both a young population and the arrival of immigrants and refugees from the neighboring countries, some of which are skilled in IT. Besides being a diverse country, thanks to its rapid growth, well-educated young workforce, and entrepreneurial culture, Uganda is home to several promising startups like SafeBoda, the first startup to receive investment from Google Fund, as well Numida, the first Y Combinator backed startup in the nation.

There are several government initiatives that nurture the growth of the startup ecosystem in Uganda. For instance, The National ICT Initiatives Support Program is a cornerstone initiative, providing grant support to startups in the country. Similarly, the National Social Security Fund’s Hi-Innovator is a highly regarded public sector initiative providing early-stage funding to scaleable, impactful, and sustainable startups. In addition to funding support, the government has built the National ICT Innovation Hub to create an environment with stable internet connection and workspace to support ICT innovators.

Apart from the government initiatives, there are several other non-governmental ecosystem enablers that deserve mention due to their contributions to Uganda’s startup ecosystem, such as the telecommunications company MTN Uganda for its generous grants as well as startup accelerators/incubators like the Stanbic Business Incubator, Innovation Village, Hive Collab, and Outbox Hub for creating an entrepreneurial environment in the country.

Great work is also being done by international organizations that are funding and initiating excellent programs to boost the local ecosystem. Among those organizations are the UNDP, which accelerates the growth of Uganda’s startup ecosystem with activities such as the assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the ecosystem, as well as the strategy roadmap based on the outputs identified in the assessment.

UNDP also supports Uganda’s startup ecosystem with the UNDP Accelerator Lab, and has partnered with Makerere University to develop an innovation hub.

The majority of the initiatives mentioned above are focused on the leading startup hub Kampala, as is expected from the capital. However, if ecosystem developers initiate seed activity in other ecosystems, that would help Uganda gain momentum. Also, introducing a regulatory framework for startups and incentivizing investments can help Uganda’s startup ecosystem grow faster.

Given the seed stage of Uganda’s startup ecosystem, what we have seen so far is promising, and we look forward to seeing how the startup scene will evolve in the future to become a regional hub.


Uganda Top Startup Industries

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#48 worldwide

20 startups

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#62 worldwide

19 startups

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#75 worldwide

18 startups

Ecosystem HealthCheck

Uganda Ecosystem Health Check

The health check tables allow you to look at the performance Uganda has in each of the parameters that are part of StartupBlink's ranking algorithm. There are five tables, corresponding to the three subscores, the subscore analysis and industry ana...

  • Overperformance
  • Performance equal to global ranking
  • Underperformance
ParameterParameter Global rankParameter rank change since 2022ResultContribution to total scoreRank gain / loss due to parameter
Total Score9650.359100%0
Quantity Score9240.14841.22%0
Sample size of startups701010521.41%5
Sample size of accelerators57401710.4%9
Sample size of coworking spaces97-6228.07%6
Community Score116N/A0.0051.34%0


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The Startup Ecosystem in Uganda

In 2023, Uganda register a rise in Foodtech startups. Some of the most notable success stories in this industry are those of , XENO Investment Management.

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Uganda is ranked within the top 100 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Uganda’s startup scene is best represented in Foodtech, Healthtech, and in and Fintech.

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Notable Startups in Uganda
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