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First-ever Chamberthon in Kigali sees strong participation from UAE and African startups

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Participants presenting their ideas during the Chamberthon

Participants presenting their ideas during the Chamberthon.

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A total of 20 startups from the UAE and Africa participated in the first-ever Chamberthon in Kigali, Rwanda, where participants collaborated and developed a framework for Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Global Business Forum Mentorship programme, new cross-border mentorship programme.

Organised by Dubai Chamber, the Chamberthon was held during the Africa Tech Summit 2019. A total of 10 startups from the UAE were selected by the Chamber to participate in the Chamberthon, attend the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, and join their African counterparts for a full day of interactive sessions. Participants were divided into mixed teams of African and UAE entrepreneurs, representing many sectors and fields, including agriculture, healthcare, environment, fintech, climate change, social responsibility, construction, and customer experience among others.

The startup teams developed and presented a wide variety of innovative and practical ideas that will be used to structure Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum Mentorship Programme. The three-month mentorship programme aims to foster cross-border cooperation between startup communities by pairing startups with mentors who can provide them with valuable expertise, support and guidance.

Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship for Dubai Chamber said: “We are very encouraged by the strong interest and participation in the Chamberthon which is a new concept and extension of the Global Business Forum, an important platform that Dubai Chamber leverages to foster economic cooperation and explore opportunities in promising markets around the world.”

She added: “Today, startups and entrepreneurs are the drivers of innovation. With this in mind, Dubai Chamber is constantly scaling up its support to startups through new initiatives like the Chamberthon and GBF Mentorship Programme that engage entrepreneurs and provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to expand globally.”

“The Chamberthon has given me an opportunity to exchange and brainstorm on innovative ideas with people from around Africa and UAE. This is a stepping stone for me to be able to broaden my reach with my startup and I believe that the GBF Mentorship Programme is a valuable initiative by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” said Irasubiza Sadrah, whose startup, iTec, is looking to tackle climate change by developing an easy to use Agro-Condition System which will
be implemented to create a controllable low-cost artificial climate Greenhouse.

After the winning Chamberthon ideas are chosen, a total of 10 startups from the UAE and Africa that make the final cut will be selected to participate in the GBF Mentorship Programme. The holistic programme will provide many benefits beyond mentorship, including access to networking and Dubai Startup Hub services and support, as well as speaking and exhibiting opportunities at the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai, taking place in November 2019.

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FRESH DAIRY KICKS OFF NEW YEAR WITH MEGA GOODIES HANDS OVER

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Fresh Dairy has today rewarded the final batch of winners for its Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge with an assortment of goodies to include Fresh Dairy flavoured yoghurt, Brookside fruit yoghurt, Long life UHT milk and flavoured milk.

The final six winners included Martha Kose, Mozes Bibangamba, Lewis Deshan, Mo Ni Que, Maisha and Bree Amollo who received their goodies at the Fresh Dairy offices.

The Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge which was run by My Food Network, a Facebook foodie platform for over a month now, climaxed during the festive season with an aim of showcasing authentic recipes by actual people in Uganda that incorporated Fresh Dairy products in cooking to include butter, ghee, plain yoghurt, fresh milk, fresh cream and Brookside fruit yoghurt.

Marketing Manager, Brookside Limited – Vincent Omoth said, ‘At Fresh Dairy we produce healthy and nutritious products that are ideal nutrition boosters for the whole family. Running this Fresh Dairy Recipes challenge during the 2019 festive season encouraged people to creatively cook while developing healthy recipes for the whole family using Fresh Dairy products to make pastries, barbecues and roasts, stir fried rice and chicken, smoothies and meal accompaniments among others.’

Omoth further noted that all winners were rewarded for not simply downloading internet images, but actually preparing healthy and nutritious meals for their families using Fresh Dairy products.

Omoth thanked all participants for taking part in the challenge and noted that Fresh Dairy will continue coming up with exciting promotions to encourage people to adopt healthy and nutritious lifestyles.

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Shell customers win big in 10 weeks of Cheer promotion

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Over 2,000 customers have so far been rewarded with fuel worth over UGX 80 million in the ongoing 10 weeks of Cheer promotion by Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda.

The national promotion which is targeted at all motorists including boda riders, taxi drivers, private motorists and truck drivers was announced in December to reward customers for their loyalty during the festive season.

“For the past 3 weeks, we have been running daily draws at participating Shell stations generating over 2,000 winners who have received various prizes which include fuel worth UGX50,000 for general motorists, UGX15,000 for riders and household groceries. Weekly jackpot winners have received UGX500,000 worth of fuel for general motorists and UGX50,000 for riders,” said Mark Mutungi, the Fuels Brand Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda.

For every UGX 50,000 spent on Shell fuels, lubricants or shop services, customers receive a draw entry coupon at any of the participating Shell service stations.

Thereafter, customers are required to scratch their draw entry coupon to reveal a unique code and SMS both the code and their vehicle registration plate number to 8008 for a chance to win.

Through weekly draws, 10 lucky jackpot winners walk away with UGX 500,000 worth of fuel each.

Marvin Genza, a customer who purchased fuel worth UGX50,000 could not believe his luck upon receiving the UGX500,000 fuel jackpot prize. “This is a great start to the year and I thank Shell for this prize that will sustain me through the rough January blues. I encourage all customers to participate and win.”

“The promotion is ongoing and will run until 16 February with activations spread countrywide at 105 Shell stations. I encourage our customers to participate to stand a chance to win over UGX500 million worth of prizes left,” Mutungi added.

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Vivo Energy Uganda awarded for its child helmet safety campaign 

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L-R:  Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi, Vivo Group Chairman Christian Chammas, Vivo Energy Uganda Corporate Communications Manager Valery Okecho, Communications Assistant Hilda Tushabe, Vivo Energy Namibia MD Edward Walugembe and Group Executive Vice President for East & Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen receiving the award.

L-R: Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Gilbert Assi, Vivo Group Chairman Christian Chammas, Vivo Energy Uganda Corporate Communications Manager Valery Okecho, Communications Assistant Hilda Tushabe, Vivo Energy Namibia MD Edward Walugembe and Group Executive Vice President for East & Southern Africa, Hans Paulsen receiving the award.

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has been awarded Vivo Energy Group’s Reputation Builders Award for its behavioural change campaign titled, ‘Heads Up!’

Vivo Energy’s Reputation Builders Award is awarded to a project or team that has made a significant contribution to improving the reputation of Vivo Energy with external stakeholders.

‘Heads Up!’ was launched in 2019 with an aim of creating awareness about the probable dangers that school children using public motorcycle transportation, commonly referred to as ‘boda bodas’, face during their daily commute to and from school ; mostly without the required safety helmets.

The partnership between Vivo Energy Uganda and Safe Boda Uganda saw both companies donate child helmets to 12 public schools in high traffic areas of Kampala.

School heads distributed and managed their use among their respective pupils that use motorcycle transportation to attend school.

Announcing the award at the Group’s annual Leadership Conference, the Vivo Energy Group Head of Communications, Rob Foyle said, “The annual Vivo Awards are important as they allow us the chance to both celebrate success, and also recognise and reward some of the best work that’s completed all across our company. Congratulations to team Uganda for winning this award.”

Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, Gilbert Assi said, “This is a great honour for our company and for our Corporate Communications team, which is in charge of managing Vivo Energy Uganda’s reputation with all stakeholders through socially impactful community initiatives in education, environment and road safety.”

“Creating safe road users also requires that we increase public awareness about their role in enhancing their own safety. We hope that this campaign will continue to inspire the introduction and enforcement of policy to address regulation of safe transportation of children using motorcycle transportation to and from schools,’’ he added.

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