The European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is FinAfrica's first official sponsor. In April 2010 its Subsidies Committee approved a grant to contribute towards the funding of FinAfrica's establishment costs and has agreed to supply its unused computers to benefit FinAfrica's training centre.
The EIB is a multilateral finance institution owned by the European Union's member states and implements the EU's development policies both within and outside the EU.
Visit the EIB's Africa Caribbean and Pacific webpage on: www.eib.org/acp
Cisco Entrepreneur Institute
Recognizing that many entrepreneurs lack the resources they need to be successful, FinAfrica has signed an agreement with Cisco Inc. to establish Uganda's Cisco Entrepreneur Institute. The institute will provide:
- Entrepreneur Specific Business Knowledge,
- An in-person mentoring network of business leaders and entrepreneurs,
- A technology enabled resource centre where entrepreneurs can source business services locally and abroad;
Internet technology business solutions for small and medium sized enterprises to help them grow
The agreement leads the way for the provision of entrepreneurship workshops offered in a unique blended learning environment of both classroom and e-based training from Stanford and Cornell Universities in the USA
For more information about CISCO visit their website: www.ciscoinstitute.net
Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
On the 23rd of June 2011 Prof. Waswa Balunywa, Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and Carmelo Cocuzza, Director of FinAfrica, signed an agreement to promote and foster the development of entrepreneurship in Uganda, The partners will offer joint entrepreneurship programmes through training, research, mentorship and business incubation. The agreement provides for:
- Conducting joint entrepreneurship training courses throughout Uganda
- Initiate collaboration with international corporations and multinational companies to offer e-training and classroom based entrepreneurship courses from overseas educational institutions
- To develop and promote business incubation particularly amongst MUBS students
- To jointly manage Business Plan competitions in Uganda.
For more information about MUBS visit their website: www.mubs.ac.ug
SOS Children's Villages - Uganda
FinAfrica supports the youth and families of SOS Childrens Villages through entrepreneurship coaching and mentoring. A Memorandum Of Understanding between FinAfrica and SOS Villages Uganda was signed on the 18th of December 2009 whereby FinAfrica will provide business training to skilled students from the SOS Villages and BDS services to the families supported by their Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) throughout Uganda.
SOS Children’sVillages, under the umbrella of SOS Kinderdorf International, an international NGO with its headquarters in Austria, are committed to assisting orphaned and underprivileged children around the world through 450 Childrens Villages in over 132 countries.
Visit their website on www.soschildrensvillages-uganda.com
In Uganda, FinAfrica is looking for linkages with reputable educational and vocational training institutions to provide entrepreneurship training for their final year students. Please let us know