Funded through a grant from the World Bank Group and partners, the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) is a green project incubation hub where entrepreneurs and startup ventures can access support to develop their innovative ideas into strong and viable businesses.
Ghana’s power sector continues to face difficulties in closing its supply shortfall; energy efficiency solutions provide an immediate step to fixing this problem, and could save the country millions annually.
Lighting, Appliances, HVAC, Energy Efficient Manufacturing, Transmission & Distribution, Clean cook stoves and fuels
With a population of 27 million, about 3 million of Ghana’s population do not have access to safe drinking water and most water sources are fast depleting. Water management and purification solutions that increase access to potable water could drop mortality rates by as much as 75%.
Waste Water Treatment, Potable Water, Water use efficiency, Waste water recycling, Desalination, Rain water harvesting, Efficient irrigation
Despite the abundance of resources for agric production, Ghana remains a net importer of food with dated production methods and inefficient value chains. Climate adaptation solutions to agriculture will improve production and increase the resiliency of especially small farmers to climate change.
New resilient crops/seeds, Water/energy efficient agri-machinery/equipment, Water/energy efficient irrigation systems, Climate friendly/energy efficient food processing, Bio pesticides & fertilizers, Agricultural waste management
Increasing population with its resultant increased waste production in Ghana has outpaced the country’s capacity for effective waste management. Innovative solutions to domestic waste management can bridge this capacity gap and lead to cleaner environments and healthier citizens.
Recycling, e-waste management, Biogas Generation, Biomass Power
Solar as a resource is abundant throughout Ghana. With up to 3000hrs of sunshine per annum, solar solutions could effectively supplement on-grid solutions and offer new opportunities to off-grid populations.
Main applications: Offgrid/Distributed solar PV, Solar PV MW, Concentrated Solar PV MW, Solar Thermal MW, Solar Thin Film, Solar IT
The Ghana Climate Innovation Center provides business advise and training, market development services, access to product testing facilities and collaborative engagement on climate policy. In this way, the GCIC acts as a national focal point, coordinating efforts in promoting the growth of locally relevant climate sectors. The global network of CICs also provide a platform to create international business-to-business linkages, enhance knowledge sharing and facilitate trade.
The GCIC will provide business advisory and mentoring services to startups, and facilitate technical training and skills development for entrepreneurs. The center will also provide co-sharing spaces and offices.
The center will provide access to technical facilities and services to design, prototype, text and demonstrate products. We will also provide commercialisation support for universities and research institutes working in the climate tech space.
The GCIC will tap into the global network of climate innovation centers, to promote knowledge sharing, business collaboration, and stakeholder engagement which could help provide growth opportunities for Ghana’s green economy.
We will support startups with research and analytics on markets, sector trends and analytics to help them identify opportunities to scale their impact and improve the lives of more Ghanaians.
Our proof-of-concept grants, and direct seed capital will provide up to $1million in funding for businesses, and the center will also facilitate access to commercial investments for its entrepreneurs and startups.
A key part of the GCIC’s work will be advocacy with government stakeholders on climate change policy issues, as well as building dialogue between the public and private sectors of Ghana’s green economy.
The World Bank Group’s Climate Technology Program is establishing a global network of Climate Innovation Centers in seven countries around the world: the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, and Vietnam. The centers are locally-owned institutions that provide clean technology ventures with the knowledge, capital, and access to markets required to launch and scale their businesses. Climate Innovation Centers provide holistic support to entrepreneurs and new ventures that surpasses traditional incubation models. The centers offer seed financing, policy interventions, and network linkages, as well as technical and business training.
Innovation Centres Worldwide
Trillion Dollars Expected in Investments Over Next Decade
Prior to joining the GCIC, Ruka spent over a decade in advisory services for governments, public sector organizations and private corporations in some 16 African countries.
Frank holds a Masters Degree in Coventry University, UK. He has over 13 years of experience in procurement and logistics.
Andre De Jager is a professional and dynamic manager with experience in non-profit development organizations in Africa, and over 30 years of project and program experience.
Dr. Ayuk has over 20 years experience in Development Issues across Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a PhD and MSc in Agricultural Economics, both from Texas A&M University.
Patrick Awuah is the Founder of Ashesi University College in Ghana. In 2012, he was named the 4th Most Respected CEO in the country, in a PwC survey.
Djabanor Narh has many years of management consulting experience, and has led many consulting assignments for major local and international clients in both the public and private sectors.
The objective of the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) is to establish local institutional capacity to support Ghanaian entrepreneurs and new ventures involved in developing profitable and locally-appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Through its programs, activities and financing, the GCIC and its network of partners and stakeholders will provide a country-driven approach to solving climate, energy and resource challenges and support economic development through job creation.
The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is to coordinate the Policy and Regulatory framework of the Programme.
The main objective of the Policy and Regulatory Programme is to improve the overall enabling environment for climate technology industries in Ghana.
To achieve this, UNU-INRA has developed the following main activities to address the Policy and Regulatory aspect of the program:
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Centre, the selected fellow will be an advocate of policies that enhance climate technology sector and SMEs. He/she will also be responsible for the design of the policy and advocacy strategy of the Centre. More specifically, he/she will:
Description of Deliverables:
The scope of this fellowship position will include but not necessary be limited to the following:
|Policy Dialogues, Roundtables and Events||
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Competitive remuneration that is commensurate with experience and qualification.
Duration of contract
Initial contract for one year renewable up to a total of four years based upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email (to email@example.com), mail or currier to UNU-INRA. PMB, KIA Accra. 2nd Floor, International House. University of Ghana Campus, Legon. Accra.
Application must include the following:
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted
Application Deadline: 30th July, 2017
Job Purpose: Portfolio Managers are responsible for designing, managing and monitoring the execution of a mutually agreed bespoke set of business advisory services and solutions for entrepreneurs in the GCIC Incubator. Paying due attention to the customised set of GCIC services, Portfolio Managers organise and coordinate the intervention support to an enterprise to be supported by GCIC (Market Access, Access to Finance, Technology and Product Development), designing customised enterprise growth solutions for entrepreneurs
Required Qualifications and Experience
Qualified and interested applicants should please email their CVs to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is Monday 3rd July 2017
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