The Youth Startup Academy Uganda (YSAU) is excited to inform you that applications for Cohort 4 are now open! This transformative chance awaits young minds eager to turn their entrepreneurial aspirations into reality. Act promptly as applications will be accepted from today, 4th December 2023, until 14th February 2024.

YSAU aims to nurture over 1,000 emerging entrepreneurs, leading Uganda's startup ecosystem to unprecedented levels. The YSAU program is tailored to equip young minds with vital skills and resources, fostering innovation and cultivating globally competitive enterprises. The objective is clear: to drive youth employment and foster a flourishing landscape of youth-led businesses.

Participants in Cohort 4 will enjoy a range of invaluable services, including access to state-of-the-art manufacturing and maker spaces, mobile app testing, and collaborative workspaces. Seasoned coaches, both local and international, are poised to guide and mentor participants, while exposure to international markets and connections with investors presents the way for success.

YSAU directly confronts the challenge of high youth unemployment by nurturing youth-led entrepreneurship. Harnessing the power of technology, this program empowers young minds to conceive and develop innovative solutions to local and global challenges. With a steadfast vision, YSAU strives to cultivate a dynamic startup ecosystem standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the world's most competitive hubs.

Cohort 4 is made possible through the cooperation of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Korean SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME). Executed by HIVE COLAB, supported by the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) and the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, as well as Korea's Official Development Assistance (ODA), this initiative benefits from a network of partners dedicated to driving its success.

As a joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN), the ITC plays a pivotal role as a key sponsor of Cohort 4. Their support encompasses crucial training, mentorship, and networking activities, providing young entrepreneurs in Uganda with the skills and resources necessary to thrive in the global marketplace.

In South Korea, the KOSME stands as a government agency promoting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Acknowledging the vast potential of tech-driven entrepreneurship, KOSME lends its support as a key sponsor of Cohort 4, contributing funding and resources to foster job creation and economic growth among Uganda's youth.

Fueling the local tech ecosystem, HIVE COLAB assumes the role of the key local implementing partner for Cohort 4. With their unwavering commitment to mentorship, training, and networking opportunities, HIVE COLAB empowers young entrepreneurs to flourish within the program.

Meanwhile, the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U), a government agency shaping the nation's information technology policy, serves as a vital sponsor of Cohort 4. Through their support for training and capacity-building activities, NITA-U plays a crucial role in equipping young Ugandans with the skills necessary to thrive in the dynamic tech industry.

Furthermore, Korea's Official Development Assistance, a government agency committed to providing development assistance worldwide, stands as a key sponsor of Cohort 4. By offering funding and support for activities driving job creation and economic development in Uganda, they play a pivotal role in the program's success.

In conclusion, Cohort 4 of the Youth Startup Academy Uganda presents an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to be part of a transformative journey. With a focus on innovation, YSAU paves the way for a sustainable, prosperous, and globally competitive startup ecosystem, firmly placing Uganda on the map of entrepreneurial excellence. Apply now and be part of the next wave of success!

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