The University of California, Berkeley recently announced the appointment of Dickson Mushabe as a judge for the 2023 Big Ideas Competition. Dickson, a successful young entrepreneur from Uganda, has been recognized for his expertise and leadership in entrepreneurship, making him a valuable addition to the judging panel.
The Big Ideas Competition is an annual event aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students from 16 campuses across the US and Africa who have “Big Ideas.” Since its inception in 2006, the competition has provided over $1.6 billion in seed funding for social impact projects.
In a confirmatory communication from the university, Phillip Denny, Director of the Big Ideas Contest, congratulated Dickson on his appointment and thanked him for accepting the opportunity to consult with Berkeley University.
As a judge for the competition, Dickson will play a critical role in evaluating and assessing the innovative ideas and projects submitted by students from around the world. With his extensive experience in entrepreneurship, he will provide valuable feedback and guidance to help bring these ideas to life and make a positive impact.
Dickson is the CEO of Hostalite, a leading website and software development company in East Africa, and also serves as a director on the board of Makerere University Innovation and Incubation Center (MIIC). He has been promoting financial literacy and investment in Uganda through his work with investment clubs and savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs) and using the Cinnamon platform to educate individuals on the importance of financial planning and investment.
In addition to his professional work, Dickson is also an accomplished author. He has written two bestselling business books: “I am not sorry for my Mistakes” and “31 Keys to Restart your Business”. Both books provide practical advice and strategies for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to succeed in their respective industries.
When speaking to us, Dickson expressed his gratitude for this opportunity, “I started mentoring start-ups selflessly in Uganda not knowing the international community was watching. I am glad I have been given an opportunity at an international level.”
This appointment is a significant milestone in Dickson’s career, providing him with the opportunity to make a difference by helping young innovators bring their ideas to life and contribute to the development of their communities. With his extensive experience and knowledge, Dickson will play a critical role in evaluating and assessing innovative ideas and projects and guiding students to bring their visions to life.
In conclusion, Dickson Mushabe’s appointment as a judge for the 2023 Big Ideas Competition is a recognition of his expertise and leadership in entrepreneurship. He is a valuable asset to the competition and will continue to inspire and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and contribute to the development of communities around the world through his work and writing.