Venture Creation Internship 10 Weeks to Co-Found a New Venture.

Venture Creation Internship 10 Weeks to Co-Found a New Venture.

Probably our best offering, the 10 week Venture Creation Internship places participants in a Design Course to co-found a new social venture.

 

This involves 20+ workshops, 10 coaching sessions, and a lot of time spent with a team of 2-3 Ugandan interns, going into the communities teams are designing for to get continual feedback on the developing concept.

Having co-founded a new venture, participants generally remain extremely engage over the internet on return from Uganda.

Probably our best offering, the 10 week Venture Creation Internship places participants in a Design Course to co-found a new social venture.

 

This involves 20+ workshops, 10 coaching sessions, and a lot of time spent with a team of 2-3 Ugandan interns, going into the communities teams are designing for to get continual feedback on the developing concept.

Having co-founded a new venture, participants generally remain extremely engage over the internet on return from Uganda.

The Schedule

The Schedule

  • May 2020

    Pre-Trip Webinars

    Pre-Trip Webinars

    Participate in 3 preparatory webinars around the experience in Uganda, the philosophy of social ventures, and the practice of supporting social entrepreneurs.

  • 28th May 2020

    Arrival

    Arrival

    Be welcomed at arrivals in Entebbe airport and transported to your accommodation at Makerere University.

  • 30th May 2020

    Walking Tour of Kampala

    Walking Tour of Kampala

    Visit Gadaffi Mosque for amazing 360-degree views of the city, then on to the downtown market, independence monument, parliament, and the national theatre’s arts & crafts market.

  • 1st June 2020

    Week 1: Problem Definition

    Week 1: Problem Definition

    Workshops some mornings. Coaching sessions others. And lots of time to be working with your team both from our co-working space and from meeting users.

    In evenings, explore Kampala: from acoustic music nights to pub quizzes. Or have a relaxing evening in, you can invite teammates over and together cook some Ugandan dishes.

  • 6th June 2020

    Optional: Trip To Jinja

    Optional: Trip To Jinja

    Jinja, two hours from Kampala, is where the River Nile starts the journey to Egypt. There are a range of activities possible: A boat cruise to see wildlife, white water rafting and bungee jumping!

  • 8th June 2020

    Week 2: Empathy with Users

    Week 2: Empathy with Users

    Go into the field to learn more about the people you’re designing for.

  • 15th June 2020

    Week 3: Systems Thinking

    Week 3: Systems Thinking

    Map out how different factor are interrelated to identify where your venture could have the maximum impact.

  • 22nd June 2020

    Week 4: Ideation

    Week 4: Ideation

    Bring together learning to generate as many ideas of possible actions as possible.

  • 27th June 2020

    Optional: Safari

    Optional: Safari

    Select a tour company to take you to Murchison Falls or Queen Elizabeth National Parks. At either one, you’ll get to have a boat cruise and there are lions and elephants. Murchison even has giraffes…

  • 29th June 2020

    Week 5: Prototyping

    Week 5: Prototyping

    Begin to create rapid prototypes to test the strength of different ideas.

  • 6th July 2020

    Week 6: Value Chain & Partnerships

    Week 6: Value Chain & Partnerships

    Conceptualize how to manufacture and deliver your venture.

  • 13th July 2020

    Week 7: Financial Planning

    Week 7: Financial Planning

    Calculate the initial funding required to reach breakeven.

  • 20th July 2020

    Week 8: Impact Measurement

    Week 8: Impact Measurement

    Create Key Performance Indicators and SMART targets for the venture to demonstrate its impact.

  • 27th July 2020

    Week 9: Pitching

    Week 9: Pitching

    Bring together all your work into a pitch deck and a presentation which tells an emotive story.

  • 3rd August 2020

    Week 10: Legal Registration & Planning

    Week 10: Legal Registration & Planning

    Begin the process of formal registration and plan the next steps to take your venture to market as you return back home.

  • 31st July 2020

    Pitching Event

    Pitching Event

    Present your new start-up to an audience of potential partners.

  • 6th August 2020

    Departure

    Departure

    The journey has just begun… continue to develop your start-up from home!

    We hope that all participants will commit to remotely volunteering for at least 6 months after their trip – and potentially much longer into the future as the co-founder of an innovative social venture.

Dates for 2020 (There is a degree of flexibility regarding timings, as some students may not be able to start on 28th May.)

28th May - 6th August

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Why an Exchange with United?

Experiential Learning

Because social entrepreneurship and global citizenship is best learned through practice

Effective Impact

Tasks are tailored to your skillset & of genuine significance to high-potential social ventures

Enduring Connections

Work continues remotely from your home. 10% of past participants have returned to Uganda.

Explore Uganda

On weekends go on safari, tour Kampala, raft the Nile… even bungee jump!

Equitable Friendships

Peer-to-peer collaborations create a more authentic and enjoyable intercultural experience.

Experiential Learning

Because social entrepreneurship and global citizenship is best learned through practice

Effective Impact

Tasks are tailored to your skillset & of genuine significance to high-potential social ventures

Enduring Connections

Work continues remotely from your home. 10% of past participants have returned to Uganda.

Explore Uganda

On weekends go on safari, tour Kampala, raft the Nile… even bungee jump!

Equitable Friendships

Peer-to-peer collaborations create a more authentic and enjoyable intercultural experience.

Costs United Social Ventures is a charity, not a commercial company making profits from international volunteers. Participants fundraise for trips to cover the costs to United of running them.

United’s Fee: £1,500 / $1,860

 

This includes:

        • Accommodation
        • Airport Pick-up/Drop-off
        • 24/7 United Support
        • Training Workshops & Webinars
        • Connections to Social Ventures
        • Sim Card with Minutes & Internet
        • Safeboda Credit for Kampala Trips

NOT Included in this Fee:

        • Flights
        • Living Costs (e.g. Food & Drink)
        • Visa Fees
        • Inoculations
        • Travel Insurance
        • Other Activities in Uganda (e.g. Safari, Trip to Jinja,…)

Costs United Social Ventures is a charity, not a commercial company making profits from international volunteers. Participants fundraise for trips to cover the costs to United of running them.

United’s Fee: £1,500 / $1,860

 

This includes:

        • Accommodation
        • Airport Pick-up/Drop-off
        • 24/7 United Support
        • Training Workshops & Webinars
        • Connections to Social Ventures
        • Sim Card with Minutes & Internet
        • Safeboda Credit for Kampala Trips

NOT Included in this Fee:

        • Flights
        • Living Costs (e.g. Food & Drink)
        • Visa Fees
        • Inoculations
        • Travel Insurance
        • Other Activities in Uganda (e.g. Safari, Trip to Jinja,…)

Testimonials

  • “The experience was invaluable for my future career in global health research and reaffirmed my desire to work in East Africa.”

    Tonia
    PhD Candidate, Physiology, Oxford University
    2017 Participant
  • “The people I encountered were just incredible. I was not expecting to be in such a brilliant volunteer team, to be given such a platform to express my views or to encounter such a vibrant social experience.”

    Peter
    History, York University
    2018 Participant
  • “It was a really brilliant trip, especially meeting the different people and visiting different parts of Uganda”

    Susannah
    Theology, Oxford University
    2016 Participant
  • “I felt like my skills were actually useful so I was beneficial to the ventures”

    Josie
    Law, Birmingham University
    2018 Participant
  • “Meeting Makerere students and working with them was definitely the best part of my experience. I think that’s unique to United and was completely different from anything I’d been involved with before.”

    Yoojung
    English Literature, Oxford University
    2017 Participant
  • “I made some really wonderful friends who I am sure I will stay in contact with for years to come.”

    Esther
    Theology, Oxford University
    2016 Participant

Testimonials

  • “The experience was invaluable for my future career in global health research and reaffirmed my desire to work in East Africa.”

    Tonia
    PhD Candidate, Physiology, Oxford University
    2017 Participant
  • “The people I encountered were just incredible. I was not expecting to be in such a brilliant volunteer team, to be given such a platform to express my views or to encounter such a vibrant social experience.”

    Peter
    History, York University
    2018 Participant
  • “It was a really brilliant trip, especially meeting the different people and visiting different parts of Uganda”

    Susannah
    Theology, Oxford University
    2016 Participant
  • “I felt like my skills were actually useful so I was beneficial to the ventures”

    Josie
    Law, Birmingham University
    2018 Participant
  • “Meeting Makerere students and working with them was definitely the best part of my experience. I think that’s unique to United and was completely different from anything I’d been involved with before.”

    Yoojung
    English Literature, Oxford University
    2017 Participant
  • “I made some really wonderful friends who I am sure I will stay in contact with for years to come.”

    Esther
    Theology, Oxford University
    2016 Participant

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