Who We Are

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. 

Sub-Sector Focus Areas

Energy Efficiency

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.

Main applications:
Lighting, Appliances, HVAC, Energy Efficient Manufacturing, Transmission & Distribution, Clean cook stoves and fuels

Water Management & Purification

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%.

Main applications:
Waste Water Treatment, Potable Water, Water use efficiency, Waste water recycling, Desalination, Rain water harvesting, Efficient irrigation

Climate Smart Agriculture

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.

Main applications:
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

Domestic 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.

Main applications:

Recycling, e-waste management, Biogas Generation, Biomass Power

Solar Energy

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

How to fight climate change and create jobs

Our Model

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.

1. Business Acceleration

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.

2. Tech and Product Development

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.

3. Matchmaking

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.

4. Market Development

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.

5. Financing

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.

6. Policy and Regulatory Support

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 Climate Innovation Centre Approach

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.

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Innovation Centres Worldwide

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Trillion Dollars Expected in Investments Over Next Decade

Our People

Job Openings

Job Description

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

Person Specification:

  1. An experienced professional and a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset, passionate about entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development
  2. Knowledge or experience working with entrepreneurs
  3. Knowledge on current thinking and practices in the field of social entrepreneurship and sustainable development
  4. An individual that focuses on tangible results, has a collaborative “can do” attitude and one that seeks continuous improvement in themselves and in others
  5. A professional that is comfortable with working in a fast-paced environment, used to the pressure of high-profile projects, and can effectively work with colleagues, entrepreneurs and the development partners, whilst managing expectations of all parties and making sure to meet deadlines and other requirements.
  6. An individual that is available to travel frequently within Ghana to meet with, work with and engage with GCIC entrepreneurs as required

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Strategy development & implementation coordination of advisory and technical support to entrepreneurs
  2. Working with the entrepreneurs, especially at the early stage of intervention, to develop the enterprise’s business model canvas and then agree the enterprise’s short to medium term business goals and objectives; as well as the infrastructure, client, human capital and financial needs to achieve the business’s short and medium-term aspirations.
  3. Relaying and agreeing the enterprises needs to GCIC workstream leader; monitoring the support interventions of GCIC workstream leaders to entrepreneurs to ensure that it is consistent, of the needed quality and that it is timely and in line with agreed priorities and timelines
  4. Undertake site visits to entrepreneurs on a monthly or bio-monthly basis as may be needed, ensuring that entrepreneurs are (i) happy with the GCIC support, (ii) are implementing recommendations of intervention support areas, and (iii) ensuring that the enterprise is operating efficiently and effectively according to international best practice
  5. Encouraging the entrepreneurs to participate in GCIC’s value addition programs, such as Thought Leadership Series, Wellbeing, and where relevant, the Women Entrepreneurs program
  6. Supporting entrepreneurs to scale their enterprises effectively through GCIC interventions support, assisting them with sequencing of implementation, and general mentorship
  7. Manage the monitoring and reporting of the progress of entrepreneurs and their ventures, contributing to processes to measure, learn from and improve impact.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  1. University degree in business, economics or a related discipline. MBA preferred
  2. Deep knowledge of and experience with working with start-ups, entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Knowledge of and experience in working in the sustainability and climate change sector is highly desirable
  3. 10 years of progressively responsible leadership positions, with relevant accomplishments in the business sector/entrepreneurial ecosystem, the consulting sector, and or donor funded/international development sector
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong presentation skills required

Application Process

Qualified and interested applicants should please email their CVs to: info@ghanacic.org. Deadline for submissions is Monday 3rd July 2017

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