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The 2nd Venture Podium at UNAA Chicago 2019

The Ugandan North American Association invites you to the second VENTURE PODIUM which will be held during the Trade and Investments Forum at its 31st UNAA Convention in Chicago, IL on Friday August 30, 2019.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

At what was then called the “Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop” held during the 2004 UNAA Convention in Seattle, attendees were challenged to form an investment group.  This challenge raised $80,000.00 with which the group bought a building in Kampala from which they very happily derive rental income to this day.

In response to a presentation on IT opportunities at the 2009 UNAA convention in Chicago, a Los Angeles based engineering firm entered into an agreement with a local Ugandan company for the provision of technical support services.  Today this Ugandan company provides about $250,000 worth of technical support services annually to several clients in the US.

In response to a presentation by the Chancellor of Gulu University at the 2011 UNAA Convention, an attendee from Canada built 2 student hostels units near the campus and is enjoying very profitable returns.

These are just some of the more visible outcomes of past workshops at UNAA conventions.

The venture podium is a period of time that has been set aside in the afternoon session of the Trade and Investments Forum where aspiring entrepreneurs in our community will be given an opportunity to stand in front of and pitch their business ideas to the entire gathering.  Presenters may pitch their ideas in search of investors, partners or merely to solicit feedback on a potential project or venture already underway.

But it is important to put this venture podium feature in perspective.  The business outcomes highlighted above were the result of individuals taking the independent initiative to act in response to information presented in the forums.  The Chancellor of Gulu University came to the convention and made a presentation on a specific business opportunity.  An attendee was attracted by the opportunity and acted upon it.

It is important to note that this will not be a contest with a pot of money on the line for the winners.  This will be a time set aside for people to present their ideas or projects to a gathering of people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds including government officials (from both Uganda and North America), existing business owners, other entrepreneurs, academicians, and others.  Any of these could become investors, partners or active advisors in any of the projects presented and presenters will have an opportunity to further network during a reception to be held after the forum and throughout the rest of the convention.

So anyone who would like to make a presentation in this session should send an email with a summary of their project to venturepodium@unaaonline.org.  Projects can be in Uganda or anywhere in North America.  Presenters can also come from Uganda or North America.

So join us in Chicago this coming Labor Day weekend for the 2nd Venture Podium that will be held during the 11th Annual Trade and Investments Forum at the 2019 UNAA Convention.

Submit Proposals for 2019 Venture Podium

UNAA is pleased to announce that the Venture Podium will be back at the 2019 Trade and Investment Forum.

The VENTURE PODIUM is a period of time that has been set aside in the afternoon session of the UNAA Trade and Investments Forum where aspiring entrepreneurs in our community will be given an opportunity to stand in front of and pitch their business ideas to the entire gathering.  Presenters may pitch their ideas in search of investors or merely to solicit feedback on a potential project or venture already underway.

It is our pleasure to announce that several projects have already been proposed for this session.

  1. A partnership to buy and rent property in Uganda.
  2. A partnership to buy and rent property in the US.
  3. A partnership to buy land and develop affordable housing in Uganda
  4. A partnership to engage in food grain purchase, processing, storage and resale in Uganda.

Anyone who would like to make a presentation in this session should send an email with a summary of their project to venturepodium@unaaonline.org.  Projects can be in Uganda or anywhere in North America.  Presenters can also come from Uganda or North America and must be registered convention delegates.

UNAA Chicago: A Brand New Trade and Investment Forum

The Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) is proud to announce a brand new format for the annual Uganda – North America Trade and Investment Forum, which will be a part of the 2019 UNAA Convention in Chicago, Illinois at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The UNAA Convention runs from Thursday August 29th 2019 to Sunday September 1st 2019. The convention and forum theme is “Cultural Diversity and Economic Empowerment: Building a Stronger Diaspora Community.”

The Trade and Investment Forum will be one of the highlights of Friday August 30th 2019, dubbed: “Passport to Uganda: The Ugandan Innovation and Culture Showcase.”   This day will also feature the Miss Uganda North America Beauty Pageant.

Thursday Night: Sponsor Appreciation Networking Mixer

This will be the 11th edition of the Trade and Investment Forum, but there will be major changes to the format of the forum. The event will kick off on the evening of Thursday August 29th with a Sponsor Appreciation Networking Mixer, which will be open to sponsors, business owners and professionals with the Convention Business Guest Pass.

Vendor Exhibition is now Discover Uganda / Invest in Uganda Expo

The vendor exhibition is getting a new look as the ‘Discover Uganda / Invest in Uganda Expo,’ featuring themed vendor booths with categories such as technology, banking, taste of Uganda, tourism, non profits and wealth/investment products.

Fakhruddin Properties at the 2018 Vendor Exhibition (UNAA Seattle 2018)

Trade and Investment Forum: Panels and Presentations

Another major improvement to this year’s forum will be the more exciting, interactive panels and presentations, featuring a diverse list of panelists and presenters that are innovators or experts on international business, banking and wealth management. If you are interested in presenting or being a panelist, send us an email.

Patrick Ayota, NSSF CEO and Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Forum

The Venture Podium is Back

2018 marked the first edition of the The Venture Podium. This investment pitch is modeled against the Shark Tank, and the best presenter will win an investment cash award and marketing support from UNAA. If you are interested in presenting at the venture podium, send us an email.

Tickets

Access to the Invest in Uganda Expo is free. Access to the Trade and Investment Forum, where all the panels, presentations and venture podium will happen, is free to registered convention guests, and $60 for non-registered convention guests.

Uganda Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga at the 2018 Trade and Investment Forum

Chicago, Ugandan and Diaspora African Media Houses to Provide Coverage

UNAA is positioning this as a day to share the beauty of Uganda and its business and trade opportunities with the international community. The day will feature local Chicago media and Ugandan media houses.

Don’t Miss the After-Party: Miss Uganda North America

This Passport to Uganda day will end with Miss Uganda North America: Night of Fashion and Culture for Women Empowerment, a show that is riding on three years of massive success with its international leadership program.

Miss Uganda North America

Sponsorships and Exhibition Spots Available

For sponsorships, to advertise or to be a part of the exhibition at the Invest in Uganda Expo, contact us.

Meet the new UNAA BOT and Electoral Commission

Board of Trustees

One of the UNAA Council’s most urgent tasks after the 2018 UNAA Convention in Seattle was to confirm a new Board of Trustees.  We are pleased to unveil the now confirmed UNAA Board of Trustees:

  • Mr. John Agaba – Chairman
  • Mrs. Aisha Musoke Ogwang – Secretary
  • Dr. Benjamin Omara Abe
  • Ms. Caroline Olok
  • Dr. Peter Simbi

Click here to READ MORE about the UNAA BOT

Electoral Commission

Furthermore, On December 4th, 2018, in a letter to BOT Chairman John Agaba, the UNAA Speaker Alex Semwanga confirmed on behalf of the UNAA Council the appointment of the following individuals to the UNAA Electoral Commission.

1 Herbert Twase
2 Betty Wakou
3 Hydeen Reich
4 Florence Bazanye
5 Ivan Mwanja
6 Florence W Studstill
7 Fiona Babumba
8 Fred Byabagye
9 Alex Lubega
10 Tina Kasujja

11 Mohamed Kaggwa
12 Kriss Namakola
13 Barbara Munube
14 Richard Kyabihende
15 Wasswa Ddamulira
16 Elizabeth Alinda
17 Samantha Muhunde
18 Philip Mbabazi
19 Sophia Nabadda
20 Micheal Mugwanya

Please join us in wishing our incoming officials success in their efforts to move UNAA forward.

Introducing Hassle Free Registration & Check-In

Introducing Hassle-Free Check-In at the UNAA Convention

Tickets delivered to your inbox. Skip the registration lines at the UNAA Convention. Now when you buy your tickets online, you will receive your tickets in your inbox. That includes pdf files so you can download and print them.

The new barcoded ticket system comes just in time for what is expected to be a full-house UNAA convention, given that it is an election year. The barcodes will provide an added layer of security while significantly reducing the lines at the registration booths.

UNAA is always striving to make your check-in process smoother at the convention. The office of communications is rolling out this feature starting with tickets purchased online. Our aim is to be able to provide this service to all our delegates.

More information on the check-in process to follow soon.

If you have any difficulties registering or have questions, please send us a message via this form.

Thank you!

UNAA Office of Communications

Report: 2018 Trade and Investments Forum

REPORT ON THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE 10TH ANNUAL TRADE AND INVESTMENTS FORUM

The 10th Annual UNAA Trade and Investments Forum took place on Friday August 31st 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. It was part of the 30th Anniversary Convention of the Ugandan North American Association.

Get the report by clicking the ‘Download Report’ button below.

Submit Applications for Community Fund

PRESS RELEASE

Applications for the Second $50,000 UNAA Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund Now Open

For the third year, the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) is pleased to announce that it will award grants from the Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund totaling $50,000 in the 2017- 2018 Fiscal Year.

The Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund was created with proceeds from UNAA Sponsors, Partners, and well-wishers. These grants are geared towards those Local Ugandan North American Communities, Cultural Organizations, Associations (“UNAA Chapters and Affiliates”) whose missions, purpose and activities reflect those of UNAA.

GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON OCTOBER 15TH 2018.   Please direct all proposals and applications in electronic format to:  secretary@unaaonline.org

Background

A few years ago, the Community Outreach Initiative (COI) was launched and it has since grown into the largest community mobilization and outreach effort in UNAA’s history. This effort is greatly responsible for the huge success of the UNAA Dallas 2013, UNAA San Diego 2014 UNAA New Orleans 2015, UNAA Boston 2016, UNAA Miami 2017 and UNAA Seattle 2018 Conventions which registered historically high numbers. As you all know, there were some questions raised last year in regards to communities that received the grants. Due to those questions, a few changes have been instituted to minimize the abuse of the grant funds.

If a community received funds last year, please submit your accountability report to the Executive Secretary at secretary@unaaonline.org before applying for this year’s grant.

The Chapter Development Program

This is a purely voluntary effort designed to benefit only the Chapters and Affiliates which choose to participate. The funds ($50,000) will be shared between the Chapters and Affiliates using the criteria elaborated in the next section. Every Chapter and Affiliate will need to submit a new application every fiscal year. A successful application in one fiscal year does not automatically carry over to the following fiscal year.

Definitions

Chapter : An example of an organization qualifying as a UNAA chapter is the Pacific Northwest Ugandan North American Association (PNUAA) based in Seattle, Washington.

Affiliate : An example of an organization qualifying as a UNAA Affiliate is the North American Masaba Cultural Association (NAMCA).

Application Criteria for admittance as a UNAA Chapter

  1. Association must be legally registered in North America with aims, objectives and activities that are legitimate and shall at all times be consistent with those of UNAA.
  2. Association will support the efforts of their members to attend the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo by promoting it prominently on their website, mailing lists; social media and on any other marketing paraphernalia at a minimum and by ensuring that the only community activity scheduled over the Labor Day weekend is the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo.
  3. Association shall be based in a region that is currently represented in the UNAA Council. Currently UNAA Council Members are listed here – http://www.unaaonline.org/unaaonline-council
  4. Association must apply annually to participate in the Chapter Development Program (CDP) by the deadline communicated by the Executive Secretary.
  5. Association must have at least 15 paid up UNAA Members in good standing who are unique to that particular Association and cannot be claimed by another UNAA Chapter or Affiliate.
  6. The Association’s members claiming UNAA Membership must have paid/renewed their membership in the current fiscal year, but before the deadline for application.
  7. The leadership of the Association shall be composed of directly elected officials.
  8. Association must submit proof of its legal status, Bylaws and constitution, leadership structure, proposal on how the funds shall be utilized for community development and commit to annual accountability of any funds received from UNAA. Annual Reports shall be submitted to the UNAA Executive and copied to the UNAA Council Representative in whose Region the Association is registered.

Application Criteria for admittance as a UNAA Affiliate

  1. Association must be legally registered in North America with aims, objectives and activities that are legitimate and shall at all times be consistent with those of UNAA.
  2. Association will support the efforts of their members to attend the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo by promoting it prominently on their website, mailing lists; social media and on any other marketing paraphernalia at a minimum and by ensuring that the only community activity scheduled over the Labor Day weekend is the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo.
  3. Association must apply annually to participate in the Chapter Development Program (CDP) by the deadline as communicated by the Executive Secretary (October 15th 2018)
  4. Association must have at least 10 paid up UNAA Members in good standing who are unique to that particular Association and cannot be claimed by another UNAA Chapter or Affiliate.
  5. The Association’s members claiming UNAA Membership must have paid/renewed their membership in the current fiscal year, but before the deadline for application, COB August 1st.
  6. The leadership of the Association shall be composed of directly elected officials.
  7. Association must submit proof of its legal status, a constitution, leadership structure, proposal on how the funds shall be utilized for community development and commit to annual accountability of any funds received from UNAA. Annual Reports shall be submitted to the UNAA Executive.

Apportioning between Chapters & Affiliates

UNAA Chapter Members shall be weighted by a factor of 1.5 and UNAA Affiliate Members by a factor of 1 in determining how the $50,000 will be disbursed to the Ugandan North American Communities. See the example below for 500 UNAA Members.

GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON OCTOBER 15TH 2018. Please direct all proposals and applications in electronic format to:  secretary@unaaonline.org

Group Tours for #UNAASeattle2018

Tour 1: Boeing Tour – Thursday August 30th
Departs 12.30 PM
$30

Load at 12:15pm Depart Hyatt at 12:30pm. Duration of the tour is 90 mins.

No Age Restrictions

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is one of Seattle’s most-loved, premier attractions. The Boeing Tour is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliners being assembled on the Everett production line before they take to the sky.

The tour includes admission to the Aerospace Gallery.

On the Boeing Tour, please be advised you will:

  • Walk up and down two steep flights of stairs at each end of the factory and walk through two large tunnels, the first 0.3 miles (0.5 km) round trip, the second shorter.
  • Ride two freight elevators to balconies overlooking the Boeing factory floor.

This tour is not recommended for those with physical challenges.

Tour 2: Microsoft Tour - Friday August 31st
Departs 12.30 PM
$30

Load at 12:15pm. Depart at 12:30pm sharp. 1pm – 4pm. The duration of this tour is 3 hours.

You will be taken on a guided tour and provided the opportunity to dive into all things Microsoft. Explore the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Build a new world with Minecraft. Put your gaming skills to the test. Learn about our company journey from garage startup to global leader.

Included with this tour, you will be given a swag bag full of Microsoft items valued at over $60. In addition you will be given time to check out the expanded Store to see the latest technology.

That is not all! Because UNAA believes the children of this community are our future, we are providing an option for our youth to engage with technology. As a parent, we encourage you to also sign up to go with your children. Should you not be able, rest assured that our trusted volunteers will be with your children from start to finish.

Tour Options

Please select MSFT Workshop A or MSFT Workshop B when you register. Please consider the age recommendations when registering your children. We ask that you provide the age of your child in the notes at the time of registration.

MSFT Group Tour

General: Adults and Kids

MSFT Workshop A
Ages 8+

Get Creative. The world we live in is multi-dimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Your child will learn how to bring their imagination to life by learning new paint/how to share create digital art with the fresh app and 3D in Windows 10.

MSFT Workshop B
Ages 13+

Create Wow Presentations with Sway. Learn the ease and endless possibilities of Sway. Learn tips for creating and delivering a wow presentation or project and immediately implement them to create a presentation from start to finish. Practice communication skills and stage presence.

Submit Proposals for Venture Podium

UNAA is pleased to introduce a new feature at the annual trade and investments forum – the VENTURE PODIUM.

Some of you may be familiar with the very popular TV show “Shark Tank” which features aspiring entrepreneurs as they make business presentations to a panel of five “shark” investors who then choose whether to invest as business partners.  UNAA’s VENTURE PODIUM is modeled after this very popular show.

VENTURE PODIUM is a period of time that has been set aside in the afternoon session of the UNAA Trade and Investments Forum where aspiring entrepreneurs in our community will be given an opportunity to stand in front of and pitch their business ideas to the entire gathering.  Presenters may pitch their ideas in search of investors or merely to solicit feedback on a potential project or venture already underway.

It is our pleasure to announce that several projects have already been proposed for this session.

  1. A partnership to buy and rent property in Uganda.
  2. A partnership to buy and rent property in the US.
  3. A partnership to buy land and develop affordable housing in Uganda
  4. A partnership to engage in food grain purchase, processing, storage and resale in Uganda.

Anyone who would like to make a presentation in this session should send an email with a summary of their project to venturepodium@unaaonline.org.  Projects can be in Uganda or anywhere in North America.  Presenters can also come from Uganda or North America.

So join us in Seattle this coming Labor Day weekend for the 10th Annual Trade and Investments Forum at the UNAA Convention.

Patrick Ayota to Speak at T&I Forum

It is a distinct honor and pleasure to welcome Mr. Patrick Ayota to this year’s UNAA Trade and Investments Forum.

Mr. Ayota is the Deputy Managing Director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in Uganda.  Prior to this Mr Ayota was the Chief Financial Officer of the NSSF and before that the Chief Financial Officer of Barclay’s Bank Uganda.

Mr. Ayota was born in Tororo District (Eastern Uganda) and attended local Ugandan schools for his pre-college education.  He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, for his under-graduate degree and subsequently graduated with an MBA from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.

Mr. Ayota is a certified CPA in the USA and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accounts of Uganda.

Mr. Ayota is a member of the board of directors of the New Vision Group and the Housing Finance Bank.

Prior to returning to Uganda in 2007, Mr. Ayota was a prominent member of the Ugandan community in Atlanta, Georgia, and we are particularly honored to welcome him as a distinguished alumni of UNAA where he served as its treasurer from 2001-2003 and as the chairman of its Electoral Commission in 2005.

Mr. Ayota will make presentations on the following topics.

  1. Opening Voluntary Retirement accounts
  2. The houses that NSSF is developing.
  3. Accessing benefits for members who are eligible.

About the writer

Moses R. Wilson, PE, is a registered professional engineer and president of WILTEC, a consulting traffic engineering firm headquartered in Pasadena, CA.  Married with 2 sons, Moses is a past president of UNAA.

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