• In-house software development:
The Software Incubation and Innovations Unit builds software systems for Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Some of the successful software systems that have been developed include: the Student Academic Records Management System (SARMS) and the University Central Timetabling System. Both of these systems are currently functional at the University. Programmers in the Software Incubation and Innovations Unit work with students to build computer systems to solve the university’s challenges.
• Software development skills advancement:
The Software Incubation and Innovations Unit aims at grooming the next generation of programmers that will empower and drive Uganda’s software industry. We empower students with cutting edge thinking, practices and technologies with tried and tested approaches to give their future clients an edge. This is done through boot camps and workshops where students learn and attain practical programming skills.
• Annual ICS awards:
Every year, the Software Incubation and Innovation Unit runs a challenge where students from Mbarara University of Science and Technology present ideas and projects that they have been working on during their study. Participants get written advice from the judges that help them to improve their projects. Winner projects are taken on by the Software Incubation and Innovations Unit for further development and implementation in the field. Details of these awards can be found at icsawards.must.ac.ug
According to the National Business Incubation Association, 3 out of 5 new business start-ups fail within their first 5 years. However, 4 out of 5 new businesses that start in an incubator program succeed within 5 years. Getting advice from experienced and successful entrepreneurs is critical to the success of start-up companies. The software Incubation and Innovations Unit brings mentors from diverse backgrounds like finance, law, marketing and investors close to the students so that their startups are well guided especially during their critical stages of growth.