The Ghana climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) on the 14th of December 2017 inducted its second batch of entrepreneurs into its business incubator programme at an event held at the Ashesi University Campus-Berekusu. The event was graced by the Honourable Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation- Mrs. Patricia Appiagyei, who also led the official launch of GCICs first industry report; Clean Technology and Market surveillance of Ghana.
In her keynote address, Mrs Appiagyei commended the entrepreneurs on their enthusiasm to protect the environment and their foresight in venturing into environmentally friendly businesses that have transformative potential for Ghana and the world at large. She disclosed the intentions of Government of Ghana to develop an alternate energy mix to supplement the existing energy plan of the country. Mrs Appaigyei observed that Ghana can address and alleviate the existing poverty gap through the adoption of technology, and in this respect, the GCIC could be a valuable partner to the Government’s flagship National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan.
The 12 entrepreneurs inducted are:
Ms Salma Abdulai ( Unique Quality Products Limited)
Mr Conrad Balig ( El Balicon Limited)
Kamal-Deen Yakub (Farmable World company Limited)
Philip Akaboa ( Cg CSM)
Nicole Poindexter ( Energicity/Black Star Energy)
Isaac Brenya( Ecovon)
Sachibu Mohammed ( Green-Ef Eco-Business Village Ltd)
Lincoln Peedah (Neat Meat Company Ltd)
Charles Boatin (Arela Chemicals )
Sulley Amin Abubakar ( Zaacoal Ltd)
Demond Koney ( Cibus Technologies Ltd )
Kwami Williams ( Moringa Connect Company Ltd)
The Executive Director of the Centre, Ms Ruka Sanusi in her speech expressed the readiness of GCIC to help nurture and raise transformational business leaders whose businesses have the capabilities to go the long haul and won’t be sunk by the marketplace.
GCIC is a pioneering business incubator with a unique focus of developing SME ventures and entrepreneurs in Ghana’s ‘Green Economy. The centre is a World Bank funded project which is being run by a consortium comprising Ashesi University College, Ernst and Young, SNV Ghana and the United Nations University.