Hello. I’d like to share with you the exciting business opportunities that UNAA Chicago 2019 has to offer – especially to SMEs.
1. Stand out at the Discover Uganda Exhibition
This year’s vendor exhibition has been given a new name because it is getting a major marketing push. UNAA has invited non-Ugandan residents of Chicago and nearby cities to come to this exhibition via Eventbrite and local media. This is a great opportunity for tours and travel companies, startups that are looking for funding, businesses that aid trade with Africa such as banks and money transfer services, and others that are looking for partnerships. With a major focus on presentation and branding, we plan to make sure that your businesses stand out.
Some of the confirmed participating companies in this year’s event include PostBank Uganda, Housing Finance Uganda, Kafeero Foundation, Equity Bank Uganda, DOXA Connections, Uganda Tourism Board, Fakhruddin Properties, as well as numerous diaspora-based businesses that will be highlighted in a separate post.
Take advantage of this great opportunity by registering your business as a vendor on this page: https://www.unaaonline.org/event/2019-unaa-convention-chicago/. Look for “Vendor Registration”
2. Advertise in the 2019 Convention Program Book
Advertising in the convention program book is a great opportunity to put your business in the palms of every convention delegate. Also, for the first time ever, this year’s convention program book will be made available in digital format. Here are the rates for advertising in the 2019 UNAA Convention Program Book.
Full Page: $1,000 USD
1/2 Page: $600 USD
1/4 Page: $350 USD
1/8 Page: $200 USD
To learn more about getting your ad in the 2019 program book, contact us here: https://www.unaaonline.org/contact-us/
3. Participate and Network at the 2019 Uganda-North America Trade and Investment Forum
The Trade and Investment Forum is a great opportunity to meet fellow professionals and business people, meet business leaders that can help you take your business game to the next level, learn about new trade and investment opportunities and meet potential investors and business partners. This full-day event features panels on trade and investment, speeches from motivational speakers and business leaders, and a networking lunch.
It is free to attend for registered convention delegates, and costs $50 to attend if you are not registered. You can visit this link to register: https://www.unaaonline.org/event/2019-unaa-convention-chicago/.
4. Pitch your startup at the T & I Forum’s Venture Podium
The last part of the Trade and Investment Forum features a venture podium – the UNAA Convention’s own Shark Tank. Introduced by former president Moses Wilson, the venture podium allows startups and SMEs to pitch their ideas or businesses to potential investors in order to generate funding for growth. This is a great time to seek investment from Ugandans living in the diaspora – the US economy is on the rise and Uganda is shaping up to be a major entrepreneurship hub given its young and innovative population.
Learn more about presenting at the Venture Podium by clicking this link: https://www.unaaonline.org/submit-proposals-for-2019-venture-podium/
5. Sign up for Professionals Connect
Our professionals and entrepreneurs network (UNAA Professionals Connect) has been steadily growing. We plan to have our first social event at the 2019 UNAA Convention. Meet like-minded people and make great connections over cocktails. This is a networking opportunity that will keep on giving as it grows. Sign up for Professionals Connect by clicking this link: https://www.unaaonline.org/about-unaa/unaa-programs/unaa-professionals-connect/
6. Various Event Sponsorship Opportunities
The UNAA Convention has various sponsorship opportunities and our team is glad to point you to the right opportunity for your business. Sponsorship opportunities help you stand out by giving you a unique platform from the various events that happen at the convention.
Here are some sponsorship opportunities:
Blanket UNAA Convention Sponsorship
Miss Uganda North America
Trade and Investment Forum
Discover Uganda Exhibition
Dinner Boat Cruise
Here are some sponsorship benefits:
Adverts in the UNAA Convention Program Book and the Miss Uganda North America Contestants Magazine
Outstanding presence on UNAA Convention marketing signage
On-screen adverts during events (including lunches, dinners, Trade and Investment Forum, Miss Uganda North America)
Event Red Carets
Speaking opportunities during events
Ongoing marketing on UNAA and Miss Uganda North America websites
On top of Chicago being an attractive city and the UNAA brand being on the rise, the Chicago Convention will also be an election convention. That means maximum attendance. Take advantage of the above business opportunities and let us build together! Contact us if you have any questions.
Julius Kabugu is the current Communications Director for the Ugandan North American Association. He’s a software engineer and semi-professional photographer. He is also a co-founder and the marketing and communications director of the Miss Uganda North America Leadership Program. He is also a proud husband and father of 3, living in Austin, Texas.