The Innovation Village has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Centenary Technology Services that is geared toward developing the Information Communication Technology (ICT) based innovation ecosystem to facilitate the usage of technology and development of the software applications in Uganda.
This strategic partnership is aligned towards enhancing the adoption of technology and facilitating the growth of an open innovation ecosystem and digital marketplace where innovators, corporate organizations, and entrepreneurs have countless opportunities to thrive, innovate digital products and reach new markets locally and beyond.
Speaking at the signing, Japheth Kawanguzi, Team Lead at The Innovation Village said, the partnership will create pathways for developing sustainable and scalable initiatives for the ecosystem who will leverage the use of tech innovations to transform the country’s ICT landscape to achieve socio-economic development.
“Today, we continue to see the various ways in which technology has changed the way we transact business, work, and access information, products, and services. So, how do we take advantage of this opportunity to accelerate job creation, build market linkages and distribution networks for digital entrepreneurs to thrive,” said Kawanguzi.
Kawanguzi added, “Together with Centenary Technology Services, we will build linkages that attract financing and investment to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and provide a distribution infrastructural network to empower digital entrepreneurs to scale their business beyond our local borders.” “We will also create pathways that give our innovators a competitive advantage and opportunities to support the creation of digital applications to support service delivery.”
Commonly referred to as Cente Tech, Centenary Technology Services is the technology company of Centenary Group. With a combined ICT industry experience of over 75 years in the public and private sector, Cente-Tech provides holistic technology solutions and delivers innovation that matters to enable and inspire growth. Cente-Tech’s niche lies in ICT advisory and Research; ICT Managed Services and Infrastructure; and ICT Innovation and Digital Services
Dr. Grace Ssekakubo, the Chief Executive Officer of Cente Tech said “Our partnership with The Innovation Village aims to generate highly skilled innovators, who in return will create technology applications to support service delivery, create employment opportunities and improve the use of data for ICT innovation and application development in the country.”
Ssekakubo further added that “We will help innovators commercialize their innovations.” “This will have an accelerated employment effect as these companies will make revenue, grow and employ more young people.”
Jointly, the two entities will work towards building the capacity of the tech local content, design, and implement mentorship programs that build technical expertise. They will also identify and develop projects that spur the development of the innovation ecosystem and leverage their strength and networks to facilitate the adoption of digital innovation in the country.
The move by The Innovation Village and Centenary Technology Service is strategically geared toward supporting the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIISP) whose sole aim is to facilitate the creation of an ICT Innovation ecosystem and marketplace for Ugandan innovative digital products.