The Ghana’s Entrepreneurship Forum was held on July 23, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Hotel – Accra Airport by ALTIS, CIBT (Catholic Institute of Business and Technology), Adabraka-Accra and The Royal Bank of Ghana. It was an occasion to discuss entrepreneurship issues and to also launch the 3rd edition of the MBA programme in Ghana.
The audience was composed by 284 participants: entrepreneurs, diplomats, investors and key players of the entrepreneurial ecosystem all ready to discuss the role of entrepreneurship in the country.
The Forum inquired about how entrepreneurship con contribute to Ghana’s most pressing issues such as “dumsor” and job creation and how it can reduce the dependence on foreign goods and high rates of importation.
Several speakers gave their contributions to the discussion:
Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, Snr. Vice President in charge of Strategic Planning/Corporate Affairs of the Royal Bank of Ghana, explained how Royal bank intends to provide services that set apart from its peers in terms of quality delivery, competitive pricing, and product innovation, through an universal bank.
Mr. Kwame Annoh, Senior Vice President in charge of Business Development of the Bank and mentor of the E4impact MBA, assured Royal Bank’s continuous support to the MBA mentoring program and, moreover, the Bank’s willingness to sustain economically viable entrepreneurial ideas.
Her Excellency, Laura Carpini, Italian Ambassador to Ghana, spoke on Italy-Ghana Economic Cooperation in terms of entrepreneurial support, explaining how the Private Sector Development Facility, set up through Accra commercial office, is offering significant credit to promote Ghanaian SMEs through the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Mr. Philip Ayesu, COO of Multiple Concept spoke on 15 steps to entrepreneurial success; while, Ms. Ismaila Hamdiya, General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund, spoke on the role of entrepreneurship in terms of policies and resources leading to growth in the Ghanaian context. “Entrepreneurship is key for economic development and sustainable growth; there is a significant causal relationship, indeed, between entrepreneurship, economic growth and poverty reduction, which Ghana is aiming to achieve” she said.
Dr. Fabio Petroni, General Manager of E4impact finally addressed the participants on the E4impact MBA programme, remarking how the MBA supports entrepreneurs in starting or scaling-up a business. The 3rd edition is starting on October 24, 2015 at CIBT, Adabraka-Accra (Adjacent Teachers Hall).
The forum ended with the award ceremony of the best 3 entrepreneurs of the 2nd edition of the MBA, precisely:
- 1st, David Mumuni, CEO of Flippy Campus, a mobile app that helps universities sharing information with students;
- 2nd, Ama Dede Cudjoe, CEO of AZ Cereal, astart-up producing baby foods from 100% natural local cereals;
- 3rd, Eric Kojo Nti, CEO of Precise Medical Supplies, the first provider of health products in the Western Region.