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The research project ‘Changing the Mindsets of Ugandan Entrepreneurs: From Muppets to Gazelles’ was kicked off in Uganda on 21 January 2015. It was jointly organized by participants from Eindhoven University of Technology, Makerere University Business School, Muteesa I Royal University, Uganda Investment Authority, and Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Ltd. The meeting gathered over 50 representatives from academia, policy, politics, civil society, media, and the private sector.

The participants shared useful knowledge and experience about female entrepreneurship in two plenary sessions and an open discussion. Speakers emphasized the important role that women can play in entrepreneurship and national development, and addressed the challenges that they face. According to Hon. Mubanda-Kasse Freda, a woman member of Parliament, in Masaka district these challenges include inadequate land, expensive labour and machinery, low yielding seeds, lack of information and advisory services, price fluctuations of agricultural products and inadequate market for their products.

The planned outputs of the research project are publications, policy advice, a handbook, training manuals and assessment tools. The discussion confirmed many aspects of the planned project activities, like the need for the resource centres and for a software application to support women entrepreneurs.

Read the full report of the kick-off workshop here.

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