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AVODA Group

Prepare for
A Post-covid world now

Raising Africa's
"Next Gen" entrepreneurs

AVODA Bootcamp

[2 Weeks]
Fun and engaging, 2-week AVODA Bootcamp provides you with intense learning, team-based, and community-based activities that will awaken the entrepreneur within you and inspire you to dream BIG for Christ. 

AVODA Blue Lab

[19 Weeks]
A nineteen (19) week, world-class mini-MBA designed for post-COVID Uganda. Delivered online and on-site,  it is made to transform you into a NextGen entrepreneur. Upon completion, you may opt to join Blue Hub program for FREE. 

AVODA Blue Hub

[15 Weeks]
After finishing Blue Lab, take fifteen (15) weeks to actually launch and register your business, sell your product, build synergy with your team, and graduate with an operational business to pitch to global investors.

Starting or growing a business during COVID-19?

You've come to The Right Community!

Designed specifically to equip Christian entrepreneurs in post-COVID Uganda, AVODA Institute of Entrepreneurship (AVODA) was born from painstaking research and interviews into over 100 African startups, accelerator programs, and investor networks during COVID-19. We identified 36 specific challenges that Ugandan entrepreneurs face today, knowingly or not. AVODA’s programs are made to help them address these challenges in order to succeed in the “New Normal” of post-COVID Africa. 

AVODA is Uganda’s first NextGen Startup Hub. We recognize that many of Uganda’s entrepreneurs are ready to outgrow the “grant-preneurship” model (i.e. small businesses starting and surviving on small, US$10-50k grants) that has largely defined Africa’s startup ecosystem till now. A study into success stories of entrepreneurs in Singapore in the 1970s and India in the 1990s reveal that the “Next Generation” (NextGen) of Uganda’s startups must focus on securing international contracts, rather than grants. As a NextGen Startup Hub, AVODA focuses on connecting our students, not only to investors and donors, but to local and international clients. 

Scholarships & Grants
  • “COVID Recovery” scholarship for ALL applicants in 2021, decreasing fees down as follows:
    1. AVODA Bootcamp: UGX700,000 ⇒ UGX 150,000
    2. Full AVODA Blue: UGX 8,140,000 ⇒ UGX 4,440,000
  • Other scholarships for full AVODA Blue program:
    1. Early Bird Scholarship: UGX580,000 for those who apply and are accepted before December 19, 2021
    2. Partner Scholarship: UGX580,000 for members of Watoto Church, University Community Fellowship, Uganda Christian University, and alumni of ABU and ABI.
    3. Exceptional Candidate Scholarship: UGX888,000 for the applicants scoring highest in admissions essays and interviews.
Entry requirements

Our admissions criteria focus on whether the applicant has an entrepreneurial spirit, a teachable character, and strategic mindset.

Other admission criteria are:

  • A-levels certificate
  • English proficiency
  • 2 entrance essays
  • 2 admission interviews

NOTE: These criteria do not apply for those applying only for the AVODA Bootcamp.

Program Specifications

As a post-COVID startup hub, AVODA’s program is delivered through a combination of SOP-observing onsite (physical), online, and in-market activities and content.

  • Onsite location: 17 Tufnell Drive, Top Floor, Kampala (2 min from Acacia Mall)
  • Onsite classes: 5:30 – 8:00PM on Mon, Tue, and Wed.
  • Online content: Available 24/7
  • In-market activities: Required as needed by each startup business

More facts that make AVODA unique for students and investors

The AVODA Group advantage

AVODA Institute of Entrepreneurship is a member of AVODA Groupa Japan-based strategic consulting firm that offers business process outsourcing services to various global clients and governments. 

This provides our entrepreneurs with a massive strategic advantage when seeking contracts with global clients. Some of AVODA Group’s international business contracts are outsourced to our alumni, allowing them to build businesses that generate revenue from very early on. AVODA Group ensures that our entrepreneurs are compensated at global rates, while also ensuring that our entrepreneurs provide services at a global standard. 

The AVICS Advantage

One of the biggest challenges for African entrepreneurs is the prohibitively high interest rates on commercial loans and micro-finance credit. The main cause for these high rates is the lack of financial transaction history (bank accounts, credit cards, etc.), resulting in a lack of credit history. 

The AVODA Interest & Credit Score (AVICS) system uses an algorithm to track students’ tuition payment history, grades, daily punctuality, and more to produce accurate and favorable interest rate recommendations for investors who want to provide loans to our entrepreneurs. 

Faith-based

AVODA is a Christian organization, with a vision based upon the Great Commission, “to make disciples of all nations”. 

As such, our mission is to raise entrepreneurs who seek to improve lives and transform communities for Christ. We believe that business is a powerful tool with which to share the gospel and build the Kingdom of God in and through the world of business. 

Our practical, yet theological rich programs are designed to inspire Uganda’s Christians from their faith to build strong businesses that transform society. We believe that Christians in Uganda, with their huge numbers, can make a huge impact.  

Recent Updates & News

Events

Moving Forward ⏩​ Business Strategy For Post COVID Era

Moses is joining us in our #MovingForward: Game Changers In A Changed Game series to help entrepreneurs and business persons understand the shift in perspective and how entrepreneurs will have to adopt new ways by which to develop and employ business models in the post-COVID era.

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Social

AVODA//Library📚

Do you aspire to be a consultant in your field of expertise? Consulting is quite often taken as a lofty (usually misinterpreted) field. Start your growth journey by studying what it is to consult, its art, frameworks used, and more.

#nextgenstartuphub https://t.co/HbOqZ9wKmf
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Thank You, Mark!

Entrepreneurship journey can be lonely, frustrating, rewarding, wholesome, and many other things. However, quite often, the journey lacks time for reflection. Last week, we had a time for reflection with Mark Wells. Mark is a veteran and has gone ahead of us. https://t.co/6AWz6cOYOU
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Our Partners

Program Overview

The 34-week AVODA Blue program innovatively combines world-class MBA-level business lectures together with engaging workshops, live projects in the market, and real opportunities for investment. The program is divided into THREE segments. 

1) The intensive 4-week AVODA Bootcamp, introduces AVODA’s Christian philosophy and strategy for building strong, value-driven businesses, and also sets the scene for AVODA’s team-based culture through a long menu of engaging group workshops and activities. The AVODA Bootcamp can be applied for separately from the full, 34-week program

2) Students who sign up for the world-class, full 34-week program will then progress on to the 19-week AVODA Blue Lab, a world-class mini-MBA specifically customized for Christians business owners and post-COVID entrepreneurs. As a post-COVID program, classes are delivered through a hybrid model of online videos and content combined with onsite (physical) workshops and team activities. 

3) Uniquely, AVODA has our students launch and incorporate their startups halfway through the program at the beginning of the 15-week AVODA Blue Hub. This allows the latter half of AVODA’s 34-week journey to be actually – not theoretically – about boosting our startups’ sales and international client acquisition. Our entrepreneurs can then pitch to investors at the end of the program with actual sales and track record to show. 

Why Study With Us

50 - 50 Rule

AVODA promises 50% MBA-level lectures delivered by local and global lecturers from world-class business schools as well as business professionals with a proven track record. The other 50% is a highly practical and locally relevant array of activities, including targeted, team-based internships and ideation ("Idea" + "Creation") field trips around the country.

Hybrid Model

AVODA uses a hybrid model for training. Our hybrid model or blended learning — gives you rich online content and rigorous onsite practical sessions. This is the best way to get the best of both worlds.

Value Focused

At AVODA, we partner with you on your journey from value creation, to value communication, and to value capture. Our program is designed to walk you through all these stages in the most practical ways.

Some of Our Instructors

Ross Walters

Professor | Anderson University, USA

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Joshua Agonya

Marketing Director | AVODA Institute of Entrepreneurship

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André Stahl

Senior Product Manager | L`Oréal Paris

Jason McGregor

Professor | Baylor University, USA

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Bernell K. Ingram

Founder & CEO | Visions International, USA

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Marcelo Vieira

President | African Business Institute

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Jun Shiomitsu

President | AVODA Institute of Entrepreneurship

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Joann Williams

Professor Emeritus | Alabama, USA

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Agathe Senoble

Startup Founder | Digital Transformation and Strategy

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