Celebrating women innovators

Today, Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate the International Women’s Day. The local theme for this year’s celebrations is Empowering Women Through Innovative Approaches to Social Protection; a Pre-requisite for Inclusive and Sustainable Development. Owen Wagabaza brings you profiles of some Ugandan women whose innovations are changing the world for the betterNatalie Bitature, Musana Carts


Prerna Mukharya: The data collector

Prerna Mukharya’s social-impact startup Outline India gathered data from 3 million people for academic institutions, government agencies and corporates.

Land of a Thousand Ideas

Volantio, which makes software to help airlines with marketing automation and booking optimization, and Vayando, which offers an online platform connecting travelers with experiences offered by social entrepreneurs internationally, are headed to Toulouse as part of a program launched last year through Atlanta’s sister-city relationship Toulouse.

How young people are rethinking the future of work

Have you ever thought of an Uber-like platform for recruiting domestic workers? In Malaysia, where the population is aging, countless families rely heavily on the services of domestic workers — a majority of whom are female migrants from other Southeast Asian countries. This resonated with Zenna Law, from Kuala Lumpur, and she created Pink Collar.

These five startups are getting a share of £200,000 to help battle poor eyesight globally

Essmart sells a wide range of vital technology, like solar lighting and smoke-reducing cook stoves, to rural communities in India. It does this by getting those products to 15 million local retail shops which it says count for 90 per cent of India’s $550bn annual retail spend. It has partnered with eyewear company Essilor, which is supplying it with low-cost reading glasses and UV-protective sunglasses, and has shifted 4,000 units of its products to date. As part of the collaboration, Essilor has trained Essmart’s field staff.

Fruit and Second Chances Never Tasted So Good

Our products provide second chances in two ways. One would be employing and training women who need a second chance because they are homeless, formerly incarcerated, or otherwise disadvantaged. The second would be the fruit we pick was originally not the right size/shape to be sold commercially. The model address is the paradox that in this country we waste 40% of food while 1/6 americans are currently living in hunger.

The Hidden Truth About Women in Entrepreneurship

Throughout the competition, most of my male acquaintances belittled my success, telling me that it was unrealistic for me to win and that my ideas were not good enough. “How is your little project doing?”, “You girls are cute!”, “This is a bit ambitious for you girls, don’t you think?”. These are phrases that resonate in my ears to this date. I felt like I had to work twice as hard to be seen as credible as my male counterparts competing against me. After talking to fellow women competitors and entrepreneurs, I was surprised to learn that they all had similar experiences.


Mozambikes has developed a model to overcome these obstacles. The Mozambikes model makes bicycles and accessories available at affordable prices for people living in impoverished areas by leveraging sales of advertising to corporate and institutional customers. Mozambikes is the first provider seeking to improve the quality of bicycles in the market, make them affordable, provide training and after-market service and build a complete bicycle industry in Mozambique.