Brainchild Burson-Marsteller, Partners Announce Shs.400 Million Initiative to Boost Innovation in Business

First Innovation Series event to promote innovation in product packaging among businesses

Innovation in business and public service processes is a vital catalyst for better and sustainable economic growth however, most Ugandan businesses and public bodies are yet to fully embrace the culture of innovation to match acceptable global standards.

Mr Wafula and Mr Danze

To stimulate innovation in business and service delivery, brainchild Burson-Marsteller, Uganda’s most-awarded public relations agency, NBS TV, the fastest growing TV station, EasyTicket, an online and mobile ticketing solutions provider, and Riley Media have today unveiled the Innovation Series, a pack of new thought leadership events to be held in Kampala, thrice a year.

The multi-faceted, interactive events will bring together business leaders, managers, policy makers, government technocrats and the media under one roof to discuss and demonstrate innovation in business, to drive strategic growth of businesses, and by extension, the economy.

“Through the Innovation Series, brainchild Burson-Marsteller and partners seek to bridge the current innovation gap in the country by inspiring business owners to invent and seek new solutions to their challenges and those of their consumers,” said Walter Wafula, Business Unit Head-PR, brainchild Burson-Marsteller.

The Global Innovation Index, 2017, a report published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, ranks Uganda among the least innovative countries in the world. Uganda is ranked number 102 out of 127 countries in the world that innovate in institutions, business, marketing, infrastructure, knowledge & technology, creative outputs and human capital and research.

The inaugural brainchild Burson-Marsteller Innovation Series is slated for 13th September 2017, at Hotel Africana in Kampala and will focus on innovation in product packaging, under the theme; Packaging Products for the 21st Century Consumer. The keynote speaker at the first event will be Ms Helen Too, the Marketing Operations Director, Tetra Pack East Africa. “For many businesses in Uganda, delivering high quality products in world-class packaging, to the final consumer remains a big challenge and yet a number of solutions exist among us.

2 Our first Innovation Series event will help combat the current challenge in this space by providing practical solutions to business owners and managers,” Wafula said. Pamela Adongo, NBS TV’s Chief Marketing Officer, who was represented by Edwin Danze, the Digital Marketing Manager, commented, “We are pleased to join hands with brainchild Burson-Marsteller to spur innovation in our market because it’s a catalyst for business growth and economic development. We have no doubt that the Innovation Series will significantly impact how entrepreneurs and managers treat their businesses.” NBS TV, she noted, has committed up to shs360million towards this event over the next three years because it’s an excellent knowledge sharing and learning platform for entrepreneurs in Uganda. The total investment in the event by the organiser, and sponsors is shs440 million.

“We are excited to be the tickets solutions provider for the Innovation Series by brainchild Burson-Marsteller. We commit to ensure that every participant accesses his or her ticket by simply dialling *210# and entering the code 08783,” said John Masembe, the director EasyTicket Limited. The event which has also attracted support of Centenary Bank, Vacker Company, Riley Media and EasyTicket, is expected to gather up to 300 attendees and renowned speakers from East Africa’s leading packaging firms. To register for the event participants are required to dial *210# use the code 08783, then follow instructions or call 0759 800 553 for more information. Notes to editor: About brainchild Burson-Marsteller brainchild Burson-Marsteller is a specialist agency offering integrated Public Relations, Digital & Experiential Marketing.

Brainchild Burson-Marsteller is wholly-owned by Fireworks Group, one of Uganda’s leading communications, sales and marketing advisory firms.

Fireworks Advertising is the most awarded Ugandan communications agency, having successively won the PRAU Best PR Campaign of The Year (2009), PRAU Best Crisis Communications (2011), PRAU Overall Excellence Award (2011) and PRAU Best Crisis Communications (2012). The agency was also 1st Runner up in the Burson-Marsteller Africa Network Outstanding PR Practice Award (2011).

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