So far, 2017 has been a remarkable year for the Young Achievers Awards finalists and winners. Having celebrated youthful achievement in the country at the awards gala night on 12th August, which doubled as the International Youth Day, one would have thought it was the right time to fold hands and await the 2018 edition.
Yet, it was indeed the beginning of something new. Together with partners ENS Africa, Uganda Registration Services Bureau and the Institute of Corporate Governance, we hosted the first legal summit for them to receive tips on how to legitimize and work within Uganda’s legal framework while running their initiatives.
The impressive turn up at the event was not only a justification of the importance of the legal summit but also the focus these young minds have to propel their ventures to the greatest heights. The summit was hosted by ENSafrica Africa’s law firm. To have them hand down legal business knowledge and technique to the achievers was an honour, seeing as the information was coming from the finest in the land.
A cross section of attendees listens to URSB’s Robert Mugabe
The facilitators were all credible. We were joined by Uganda Registration Services Bureau, who are directly in charge of ensuring that corporate identities are within legal parameters in Uganda. Robert Mugabe speaking to the participants, noted that If you have all the required documentation, your registered company will be ready within 4 working hours.
Christine Kawooya from the Institute of Corporate Governance to their backing, furnished the attendees with information on business excellence, integrity and accountability. She also gave advice on policies frameworks under which companies should run. “You need policy to govern each single procedure of your company. Institute it from the start.” she highlighted.
Christine Kawooya talks the achievers through accountability on behalf of the Institute of Corporate Governance Uganda
Bernard Mukasa the Senior Associate at ENS Africa on patents, reminded the participants that to patent something, it must be new and something no one has done before. “Three factors to consider when patenting an invention; It must be new, mustn’t be obvious and must be useful.” Said Bernard.
From acquiring trademarks and patents through the step by step process of company registration to strategic positioning of companies to compete favourably for customers, the summit provided a wholesome package for the achievers to protect their initiatives from piracy while attaining the best out of them.
The Legal summit, the first of the many other topical related summits yet to be organized by the team at Reach A Hand Uganda and partners to create a support mechanisms was capped off by a coffee break session where the attendees interacted with each other and furthered their networks in the business realm.
Gerald Otim and Dixon Amumpiire chat over the coffee break. The winners and finalists got to bond more and share ideas at the summit
Most of them were grateful for the summit as it equipped them with nitty-gritties of information they had overlooked and that could have harmed the autonomy of their ventures. Like Cheza Sports Founder Simon Tumukunde said, “Even though we may have lawyers to help us, a summit of this nature gives us knowledge to take on the protection of our brands ourselves”.