Patience Ankunda

Class of 2023-2024

Uganda Christian University
Computer Science

Why did you choose ESTEEM?

I chose the ESTEEM program because the intersection of technology, innovation, and business takes center stage, aligning perfectly with my background in computer science and entrepreneurship. By immersing myself in this dynamic program and being mentored by experienced faculty, I was confident I would elevate my skills in a practical way, setting a strong foundation for even greater success as a techpreneur.

What is your Capstone Project and why are you excited about it?

Pawsperity is a 501c3 nonprofit in Kansas City, MO that has developed a model that can move a family from extreme poverty to middle class in less than two years through pet grooming training and job placement & support. This capstone project aims to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study and market expansion plan for launching its successful business model in new locations such as South Bend, empowering them to replicate their impact beyond Kansas City. The organization seeks to identify key partners, secure funding sources, assess market opportunities, and develop a launch strategy, all to create a transformative and sustainable path towards franchising their model and continuing their mission of breaking the cycle of poverty for individuals and communities in need.

What do you hope to do after ESTEEM?

After ESTEEM, my aspiration is to remain actively engaged in projects and opportunities that allow me to create a transformative impact in the lives of many through technology. This could manifest as nurturing a growing startup, supporting young techpreneurs, or even venturing into social entrepreneurship. My drive to make a positive difference in the world using technology fuels my pursuit of meaningful and impactful endeavors.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I am into binging and hanging out with friends. But interestingly, I love lifting weights and challenging myself.

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