The 2017 Young Achievers Awards winners who were announced on Saturday August 12th, 2017 during an auspicious gala at the Kampala Serena Hotel coinciding with the International Youth Day, have received 5 million UGX support from the government to scale up their ideas and innovations.
The support, was handed over to each of the winners at a meeting convened by Hon. Amelia Kyambadde at her office. The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives had promised to hand each of the winners 500,000 UGX while receiving the Star Hall of Fame Award at the award gala night.
“I had promised to hand each of you 500,000 UGX but when the President (H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) heard about this, he called me and directed me that the government will give each of the winner 5,000,000 UGX.” Hon. Amelia Kyambadde said at the meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Humphrey Nabimanya the Team Leader and Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda called on the government to invest in young people if we are to realize their potential. He also emphasized that the Young Achievers Awards program is a full year program that will see nominees and winners connected to opportunities with lawyers, funders and mentors to help them become better entrepreneurs, innovators and change agents.
ZIlla Mary Arach, Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies – the 2017 Overall Young Achiever, on behalf of all the winners, gave a note of thanks to the awards organizers Reach A Hand Uganda together with partners who have are inspiring young people to live up to their dreams and aiding their launchpads using the Young Achievers Awards platforms.
Broadcasting & media production firm; NBS Uganda, who were one of the sponsors of the who journey has offered a free platform to all winners to showcase their innovations and help motivate other young people with the help of Vodafone Uganda’s JUMP platform; an interactive and socially managed portal with exciting content that serves to enhance E-learning among the youth.
Notably, the Young Achievers Awards, is an award program that identifies and recognizes young people in Uganda that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in their respective fields.