Up Accelerate is challenging Ugandan youth to propose bold solutions to existing sexual reproductive health challenges. Submit your entry for an opportunity to receive up-to $10000 in seed funding, mentorship, business training and technical guidance over a 4-month period.

Our point of view

About Up Accelerate

We believe that young people in Uganda have the potential to address social health challenges in their communities through entrepreneurship.

We shall continue to be a dependable partner in supporting young innovators by providing them with the practical skills & resources needed to enable them build socially impactful enterprises in health.

Up Accelerate was born as a regional initiative of United National Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa, implemented by Outbox and funded by UKAID to explore new and engaging ways of tackling pressing sexual reproductive health challenges through promoting social entrepreneurship among young people.

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Get to know about the current challenges being addressed.


Share your idea on a challenge


Offer feedback to other ideas or to your own


Mobilize the community to offer feedback and vote on your idea

Events in Chronological Order


  1. Call for Applications
  2. Boot camp at IUIU
  3. Boot camp at Kyambogo University
  4. Boot camp at Outbox
  5. Boot camp at Makerere University
  6. Boot camp at Gulu University
  7. Boot camp at Outbox
  8. Boot camp at Mbarara University
  9. Close of applications
  10. Long-listing of applicants
  11. Public voting
  12. Announcements to short-listed participants
  13. Pitch Practice
  14. Pitch Day
  15. Incubation Commences
  16. Incubation Ends
  17. Demo Day

Up Accelerate

Our Startups


Our Solution

This is a web and mobile application that supports health workers to easily collect data related to their clinical activities and have it displayed in an easy to understand visual way so as to aid quick and real time decision making.

SNAP HMIS seeks to solve the problem of paper based mechanisms of capturing clinical data and the poor quality of aggregation and analytical tools currently being used in the health sector.


Our Solution

It provides alternative dedicated patient care to expectant and new mothers through the recruitment and training of qualified care assistants. @tehecaug, Facebook: www.facebook.com/thcareug

TEHECA seeks to solve the problem of limited and poor quality health care workers to provide timely care to expectant and new mothers by providing an alternative healthcare workforce.

Drug Dash

Our Solution

This is a decision support system that enables health centers and drug distribution organisations capture data on drug supplies and consumption so as to better understand consumption trends through easy to understand visualisation tools and support accurate decision making.

Drug dash seeks to solve the problem of poor decision making in drug ordering at health facilities due to under utilisation of data collected and stored in paper forms, leading to under stocking of needed or drugs demanded within a community.


Our Solution

We are addressing the challenge of poor data management among development organisations in health by designing and improving low-cost open source digital tools focused on improved data collection, analysis and visualisation to drive better decision making, thus enhanced service delivery among reproductive health actors.

Ecosmart Pad

Our Solution

We are developing low cost biodegradable sanitary pads for women and girls from low income earning backgrounds. We seek to address the challenge of limited availability of affordable sanitary pads, which leads to high school dropout rates among girls.


Our Solution

This is an improved and low-cost chest drainage system that removes the pleural accumulation of patients with lung complications. Our initial focus is on improving access to the device for expectant and new mothers.

Mobile Scan Solutions

Our Solution

We are developing a portable and easy to use ultrasound scanning devices for health workers in low resource areas so as to address the problem of limited access to maternal health services due to inadequate infrastructure.

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Our Mentors

Mabel Ndawula
Mabel Ndawula

Mabel is a Director in Deloitte’s Consulting department and an International Management Consultant with 14 years of experience working with national governments, international aid development partners, non-governmental organizations, civil society and private sector organizations. She has led program management assignments in various African countries.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School, Herriot Watt University (UK). She is also a Certified Project Management Professional and a member of the Project Management Institute.
Mabel has expertise in Program and project management, Grants management, Project evaluation and impact assessment, Quality review management, and Business Plan development and advisory.
She is passionate about helping women and youth build businesses with new approaches to tackle gaps in both the social and economic landscape of this country.

Joshua Okello
Joshua Okello

Joshua Okello is Co-Founder and CEO at WinSenga, a company based in Uganda and Chile whose vision is to make every pregnancy and childbirth safe and magical through integrated mobile technologies that empower medical personnel to deliver standardized prenatal care and labour management to expectant mothers. Previously a 3rd place winner at Start-Up Chile (one the world’s biggest and most diverse startup accelerators), WinSenga was one of only 10 startups showcasing at the 2016 World Health Summit. Joshua has over 6-years’ experience building mobile and web solutions. He was awarded the 2014 the Future Africa Prize in Technology and is one of the youngest ever finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa. He was also Silver Winner at the 2015 inaugural Oxford Africa Innovation Fair. Joshua graduated summa cum laude (Information Systems) from Makerere University.

Rukh-shana Namuyimba
Rukh-shana Namuyimba

Rukh-shana Namuyimba is a communications specialist at Vodafone Uganda with over fifteen (15) years experience in knowledge management and communications, media & public relations, reputational risk management, stakeholder management, technical writing and events management.

With a passion for philanthropic and sustainability projects in underserved communities Rukh-shana has at least seven (7) years’ experience in community development, implementation and evaluation of sustainability and responsibility programs in the areas of education, health, and water & sanitation.

Dr. Okello Samuel Moses
Dr. Okello Samuel Moses

Dr. Okello Samuel Moses, is a public health and project management Specialist, who holds two masters degrees, one in public health and the second one in project planning and management, he also has an excellence post graduate award Diploma in project planning and management from Uganda management institute (UMI) and a series of certificate courses, in social innovation, social Clinical franchising, total market approaches, M&E frameworks for HIV, USAID guidelines and regulations, Family planning for USAID implementers, quality management in health care, commercial private sector, Lot Quality assurance , Risk & Grants management , and most recently social marketing.

Currently he holds the position of head clinical services at Uganda health marketing group (UHMG) where he oversees health system strengthening initiatives using the WHO health system pillars, in addition he supervises commodity flow to the over 300 clinics under the alternative distribution mechanism financed by the UNFPA through the ministry of health as part of the total market approach to increasing access and sustainability of priority health products and services

Timothy Musoke
Timothy Musoke

Timothy Musoke is the a founder and Head of Consulting and Technology for Laboremus Uganda Ltd. Timothy did his under graduate in Software Engineering at Franklin University in Columbus Ohio. After University he worked with JP Morgan Chase and Bank One Corporation before returning to Uganda. After returning to Uganda, Timothy worked for various companies in Uganda focusing on IT software consulting services. Timothy started a few IT consultancy companies which prepared him to start Laboremus Uganda Ltd with Norwegian investors, where he works today.

Laboremus Uganda is software development company focusing on banking and finance customers with the majority of them in Europe. Laboremus makes a range of systems from internet banking, wealth management, credit processing workflows and other customized solutions.

Dr. Fredrick Kitoogo
Dr. Fredrick Kitoogo

Dr. Fredrick E. Kitoogo holds a PhD in Computer Science; an MSc in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Statistics. He holds several professional certifications including Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Fredrick has over 20 years of experience in the field of Computer Science, specifically Research & Innovations, ICT Policy & Strategy Development; ICT Governance, Risk and Compliance; Software Engineering; Networking; Information Security; Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery; Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing; e-Government; Content Development; artificial intelligence and Natural Language Processing.

On top of conducting several consultancies, Fredrick has worked as a Senior Programmer/Systems Analyst at the Uganda Revenue Authority and an IT Manager of the Judiciary of Uganda.

Richard Zulu
Richard Zulu

Richard is the founder and lead at Outbox, a Google for Entrepreneurs partner hub that helps new and upcoming African entrepreneurs interested in using technology with workspace, mentorship, and training programs. Through partnerships, it helps them raise funding and access markets.

He has over six years experience in building support systems for startups and developer communities.

Raj Gangadia
Raj Gangadia

Raj Gangadia is currently Coordinator of Family Planning at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Uganda. After graduating with a degree in Economics from Cambridge University he spent five years as a strategy consultant, predominantly in the London and Shanghai offices of L.E.K. Consulting. During this time he worked on transformational projects for a number of corporate and government clients, building a varied skillset around a core of analytical problem-solving.

Since the start of 2016, Raj has helped develop CHAI Uganda’s Family Planning program from scratch, building senior relationships within the Ministry of Health and providing strategic drive to improvements in the national supply chain. In that time he’s also worked with a number of grassroots health providers across the country to increase capacity in areas of logistics management.

Overall, Raj is passionate about disrupting traditional thinking – finding innovative solutions to the challenges faced in Uganda’s health system and working to ensure that these solutions become successful and operationally viable.

Richard Ngamita
Richard Ngamita

Richard is a Snr. Techlead at Medic. In addition, he recently led data teams on short term projects under startups like Vital Signs Data and Refunite and prior to that, he worked for Google in Dublin, Ireland as a data engineer on the spam team, as well as Google in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped launch the first Google offices in Africa. Richard has a degree in Computer science from Makerere University and has worked in other African countries, such as Uganda and Ghana.

John Kimani
John Kimani

John is a Program Manager with Google’s Developer Ecosystem team in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is passionate about modern apps development practices and how developers can leverage them to build successful startup ventures. Previously he was a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft and had spent 5 years before that as a software developer building financial and human resource solutions for enterprises in Africa.”

Meet the Judging Panel

Pitch Day Judges

Mr. Alfred Wise
Mr. Alfred Wise

Alfred is the country director of Living Goods- Uganda, an organisation that supports ‘Avon-like’ networks of micro entrepreneurs who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth, and selling life-changing products like basic treatments for malaria and diarrhea, clean cook stoves, solar lights, and healthy fortified foods. Living Goods is building a cost-effective solution for fighting poverty and disease in the developing world. Oversee country operations and 5X scale up plan. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia University( NYC)

Before joining living goods, Alfred worked as the country director of KickStart International (Tanzania) . He was also the president of Community Wealth Ventures (Washington, DC) for 8years. Alfred has also worked with other organisations like Snyder Communications, The New York Times and Sport Magazine.

Ms. Arigye M. Munyangabo
Ms. Arigye M. Munyangabo

Arigye has 16 years of experience in the financial services domain, spanning reputed commercial banks such as DFCU Bank Ltd, which is the Development Finance Company of Uganda Bank Limited. She started her career at GroFin in March 2012 as a Senior Portfolio Manager for Uganda and is currently serving as its Investment Executive. She holds a Master in Financial Management from the University of London.

Shortlisting Judges

Ben White
Ben White

Ben White is the founder of VC4Africa, the Africa platform for startup funding. VC4Africa is a fast growing community of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to building game changing companies on the African continent. Entrepreneurs have access to free online tools, mentorship opportunities and the ability to raise capital. Pro Account users can follow ventures they like, set up intelligent alerts, and connect to members directly. He is currently working on Sanaga Ventures, the Inclusive Business Accelerator, ActivSpaces, AfriLabs and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN).
Ben was previously the Vice President and Co founder of African Business Angel Network. He is also a cofounder and Founding Board Member of AfriLabs Foundation. He has worked with various organisations such as Ventures, Program Development ICT & Entrepreneurship.

Nielsimms Sangho
Nielsimms Sangho

Nielsimms Sangho is an entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of InterShip (intership.ug), a Ugandan based start-up that enables SMEs and individuals across East Africa buy, shop and ship from international stores (Amazon,eBay,Aliexpress etc) in the US, UK and China and ship to their doorstep in only 12 days. The company won the Seedstars World 2015 – Kampala Edition as the most promising startup in Uganda. He also started iConn Corp, an ICT Consulting firm focusing on systems architecture, security and cloud solutions that has branches in South Sudan and Uganda.

Brian Ndyaguma
Brian Ndyaguma

Brian Ndyaguma is a project manager and entrepreneur with over 6 years working experience in business development, innovations scaling, managing innovations and innovation hubs; as well as, curriculum creation for innovators and innovation hubs. As an innovation hub manager, and consultant, Brian has spent the last 4 years nurturing, training and mentoring over 3000 innovators around Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

As an innovation enthusiast with a Business background, Brian has been deeply involved in working with startups, understanding challenges that inhibit great ideas and innovations from taking root and scaling in Uganda. He has worked with the leading Innovation Hubs (i.e. Hive Colab and ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)) in Kampala, mostly as an expert innovator jury member, which has exposed him to various startups/ innovations that are solving health, agriculture, technology, social and engineering challenges; . He has undertaken various trainings to understand the relationships between social behavior, business models, team competencies, funding and the novelty of ideas and their role on successful scaling of startups in Uganda. Brian is currently doing his Master’s research on the contribution of Incubation Programs to Scaling Startups in Uganda. In his work, Brian has a keen sight for talent, curiosity and novelty.

Dr. Nakiganda Dinah
Dr. Nakiganda Dinah

Dr. Nakiganda Dinah is medical a doctor with an advanced training in sexual reproductive health and rights from Lund University and a masters’ degree in public health (with special emphasis on maternal and child health) from the University of Sydney in Australia. She is on assignment to work as the assistant commissioner in charge of reproductive health at the Ministry of Health since December 2015.

She previously worked as the head of district medical services (District Health Officer) in the rural district of Kamuli in eastern Uganda and comes with a wealth experience and expertise in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations in low resource settings.
She has also worked with the Diocese of Jinja, and Baylor College of Medicine