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The Hi-innovator is an initiative of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) supported by the Mastercard Foundation and implemented by Outbox.
The initiative seeks to support Ugandan Entrepreneurs by extending catalytic seed funding, entrepreneurial learning and business development support so that they can become more competitive, high-impact businesses.
As of September 2023, the Hi-Innovator Initiative has trained 16,000 entrepreneurs, availed seed-funding and technical assistance to173 businesses, built the capacity of 13 ESO partners, and scaled 4 SGBs. 260 businesses have joined the 5 accelerators, and 100,000 dignified and fulfilling work opportunities have been created of which 44,000 are Youth in Work.
Through the Program's Lead Implementing partner, Outbox, the Hi-Innovator has worked across various sectors identifying high-impact businesses to sustainably unlock employment opportunities.
How we work
The Hi-innovator Program was established in August 2020 as a 5-year initiative to explore mechanisms that the Fund could implement to unlock dignified and fulfilling work opportunities for youth through entrepreneurship. Hi-Innovator’s primary focus is on businesses that are not considered attractive to traditional investors and would otherwise struggle to raise the financing and technical support they need to grow. As such, the Program aims to strengthen access to and sustainably grow the productive employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people in Uganda.
The online school for entrepreneurs to address Foundational challenges.
Capacity building of ESOs
Enabling Entrepreneurship Support Organisations to serve entrepreneurs better
Leveraging accelerator initiatives to deploy patient capital to businesses in partnership with Financial institutions
Sectors we have supported
Fashion & Beauty
Our Success stories
Smart Foods Limited →
Deploy Resource Africa →
Ntakye Farm →
Honey Pride →
Ubora Speciality Coffee →
NSSF HI-Innovator →
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