Entrepreneurs in Africa Find Opportunity in Scarcity

Michael Muller
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A true entrepreneur sees opportunity in scarcity and innovates accordingly. I saw that in action, when I recently visited Uganda with the United Nations Foundation and its Global Entrepreneur Council (disclosure: my trip was paid for by UNF). We met traditional business owners in Kampala, some of whom were fellows of The Unreasonable Institute, a U.S. based organization (and 30 Under 30 alum) that mentors and coaches businesses seeking to solve big world problems. But we also saw the entrepreneurial spirit thriving at the UNHCR-run Nakivale Refugee Settlement, and among women operating cottage enterprises on Bussi Island.

Here's a look how promising entrepreneurs are bringing innovation to one of the poorest countries in the world: