Leo Henghes is the founder and CEO of UniTED. On a volunteering trip to Uganda, Leo realised that the most effective part of the experience was not his teaching – the children struggled to understand his accent! – but the relationships with peers he formed and continued to maintain over social media after the trip.
On graduating from Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Leo moved to Makerere University’s Nsibirwa Hall to start UniTED. The central idea of the organisation being to accelerate the development of young social entrepreneurs and their ventures through peer-to-peer international collaborations.
In Uganda each year, 50,000 students graduate while only 10,000 jobs are created in the formal economy. In Sub-Saharan Africa more broadly, a graduate is three times more likely to be unemployed than a peer who never finished primary school.
UniTED is a non-profit which empowers these young people to start careers as effective social entrepreneurs. UniTED offers incubation which provides the framework for young people to design their own micro start-ups to be impactful, financially sustainable, and scalable. And, UniTED leverages the skills and passion of international volunteers to collaborate with their peers on creating innovative social ventures.