Young, Talented And Ambitious IT engineers willing to succeed in Uganda

Computing

We walked in Kampala for three consecutive days looking for companies for whom we could develop websites, but we failed.

Two young upcoming entrepreneurs are looking into their own futures through the opportunities being offered by Information and Communication Technologies.

At just 22 and 23, Harry Barry and Simon Seruyinda respectively represent a new crop of young business conscious Ugandan who believe in determining their destinies and want to take the world along in their own strides.

Harry Barry, the third-year IT student at Uganda Martyrs University told Business Power that they were inspired by "creative" pleasure of IT. "We found out that doing IT is lot more about being creative," he said.

Ever since they developed their first website in 2006 while in their first year of study at the university, life has changed and they have never looked back. The beginning though was a steep curve to navigate.

"We walked in Kampala for three consecutive days looking for companies for whom we could develop websites, we failed. Some people saw our faces and thought we looked unserious. So we decided to start a company so that we do not have to look for people, they would instead come to us," he says of the beginning. "We specialise in E-business application such as database and websites," he says.

Working with various clients has helped them to make drastic discoveries about their trade and profession even though they are still students however it is their business acumen that will determine if they are capable of outwitting the rigors of a business life.

The economic landscape in Uganda is not entirely favourable to 'lone' business people because of the level of corruption, contempt and lack of credit to finance a starting business, however Barry and his partner are focused.

"We have lost very many opportunities for so long but it is not too late to catch up. We have broken the barrier of language and now the challenge is for business community in Uganda to embrace such services for betterment of their business."

One of their clients is the Nairobi-based Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institution of Africa and Madagascar for whom they have developed several e-business applications. They are optimistic that once Ugandan businesses even the very small ones like herbalists begin to appreciate the need to get online to do business the sky will be the limit.

The Monitor