High Flyers Project For Young Entrepreneurs

High Flyers is a three-year program and was launched in northern Uganda to support existing agripreneurs through the establishment of strong structures that facilitate sustainable business growth. The program is implemented in Nebbi and Lira districts by ICCO Cooperation in partnership with Youth Business International (YBI) and Enterprise Uganda.

Country

Uganda

Start Project

2019

Problem

Uganda has a mixed picture of entrepreneurship, with the country regularly ranked among the top three most enterprising nations in the world.

There are increasing number of programmes to support start-ups in East Africa, but the businesses created are often:

  • Unsustainable and do not create a significant number of incremental jobs;
  • There are fewer initiatives targeted at high-growth potential businesses;
  • More than 12 million opportunity-driven early stage entrepreneurs in East Africa are capital hungry and less than 20% are able to access equity or debt capital;
  • Mentoring support is regarded as one of the most valuable services for young entrepreneurs, but less than 10% of entrepreneurs have easy access to business mentoring in East Africa;
  • Demand for services significantly outstrips supply – on average, business plan competitions and pre-incubation service providers in East Africa are only able to accept 15% – 20% of the applications they receive.

For all these reasons, ICCO will support the young entrepreneurs with an existing agri-business with a comprehensive package of Business Development Services, including training, coaching, long-term mentorship and financial linkage support.

Approach

The High Flyers program supports 1,000 young entrepreneurs between 18-35 years with an existing agribusiness in Nebbi district and Lango sub-region in Uganda to scale up sustainable businesses and drive waged job creation in local communities.

The program builds on scaling and further enhancing validated approaches in the provision of growth-oriented business development support to young entrepreneurs in Uganda. It also leverages partnerships with financial entities and mentorships with established agripreneurs to increase entrepreneurs’ knowledge and skills in commercial agriculture and boost their potential to access longer-term youth entrepreneurship loan products and expand to new markets.

Objectives

  • To provide support to young entrepreneurs to strengthen and grow their business and create new jobs for fellow youth.
  • Enable high-growth potential young entrepreneurs to receive high quality growth oriented support from ICCO to scale and sustain their business.

Apply Now!

Young entrepreneurs (18 – 35 years) with an agri-business in Lira district are invited to apply!

More information of the program on the High Flyers website

Deadline: Thursday 30th of April 2020 5pm EAT

The High Flyers programme consists of:

  • Business development and entrepreneurship training for 1,000 young agripreneurs.
  • Communications, marketing and pitching training for 300 – 400 agri-entrepreneurs.
  • Long term support and mentoring for 300 – 400 young agri-entrepreneurs.
  • Support in linkage to financial service providers for appropriate financial products.

Do you have the desire, resources and ambition to grow your business? We look forward to supporting you.

Apply Now!

Impact for Agripreneurs

Business development training
300
Benefit from long term business mentorship program
300
Benefit from business loan products through linkages to financial service providers
100

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Donors and Partners

Agri-Business Skilling for Youth in a Refugee Context (ABSYR)

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  • 2018
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