The reality of building a StartUp in Africa, and why it matters.

Ronald Hakiza

75 minutes with Q&A


19 May 2022


4 pm GMT / 7 pm EAT



About the TOPIC

Do you know what it takes to build a successful startup in Africa? Do you understand the reality that African entrepreneurs face when setting up operations on the continent? We have just the event for you. Join us on 19th May 2022 for an exclusive Masterclass with Ronald Hakiza, founder of Treepz Ug. Formerly known as Ugabus, the company is Uganda’s pioneer online travel aggregator for buses. Growing from zero users at its inception in 2017 to serving hundreds of travellers all across the country.

Ronald is a tenacious entrepreneur who has received numerous awards such as the prestigious African Entrepreneurship Award in 2018 Casablanca, Morocco. He was also a nominee of the Young Achievers Award and was honoured to be the delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 in Silicon Valley.

Join us as we learn how he bootstrapped his company and ran it for five years with no venture capital funding or angel investors. Ronald will share his thoughts on how to manage the financials and operations of an early-stage startup as well as how to engage customers effectively.

Register now for this insightful session facilitated by The ROOM.

About the Instructor

Ronald Hakiza

Known as the ‘BusMan’ by travellers across East Africa and the ‘Slum Titan’ by his peers for his developmental contribution to Kampala’s slums, Ronald Hakiza is a visionary entrepreneur steering local solutions in emerging markets. 

He is the founder of Ugabus Inc, now known as Treepz UG, Uganda’s pioneer online travel aggregator for buses which he has grown to be the Number 1 ticketing app serving hundreds of bus travellers. 

A curious product manager, innovative optimist and charismatic leader, Hakiza has been featured on CNN, NBS TV, Urban TV, and his story has been written on several media platforms like NewVision among several others.

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