The 2016 edition of Ghana Entrepreneurship Challenge completed its second stage in Accra on Sunday June 5, 2016. Participants were taken through hands-on transformational leadership and entrepreneurship training session at a boot camp.
The project is the initiative of Global Leadership Coalition (GLC), a US-based nonprofit organization committed to creating “transformational opportunities for leaders in the Caribbean, Oceania, Latin America, Africa and elsewhere.” The organization empowers leaders to transform their communities and to see greatness in others and themselves. GLC aims to create agency among young people unfolding opportunity.
GLC’s Executive Director Mary Symmonds, who is leading a six-member delegation of international experts, believes that the Ghanaian youth can make great impacts in the society. “I am looking at the big vision where young people in Ghana bridge the gap in leadership, identify opportunities and transform their society.” she said.
Business consultant and leadership coach Jean Lloyd, took the participants through various brainstorming sessions on leadership and self-awareness. She challenged participants to be passionate about living to make trans-generational impact while consolidating the values of integrity and excellence in their work.
Ritu Singh joined the team from India to lead sessions on entrepreneurship. Ms Singh has over 15 years of experience in the development sector, managing programs with specific focus on the educational eco-system. She took participants through approaches to entrepreneurship. Participants at the end of the session learnt are expected to be able to design a business model to pitch their innovations to attract funding from partners and sponsors.
The third stage of the contest will involve a four-month virtual internship program where participants will be assigned local mentors who will hold them to account on a weekly basis to advance their business ideas and make positive contributions to Ghana and the world.
GLC’s Operations Director Kristin Ellington shares the conviction that it’s vital to continue to develop the skills learned in the boot camp as the entrepreneurs begin to take the concepts learned into real world experiences and challenges.” Ellington has twenty-five years of entrepreneurial start-up experience in technology, media and consumer products.
At the end of the challenge, two finalists will be sponsored to participate in an event to be held at the UN headquarters in New York City in November 2016.
Global Leadership Coalition partnered with Ghana-based Terry Mante and John Armah to host the Entrepreneurship Challenge in Ghana. The two, who lead Terry Mante Exchange and Orios Group respectively, are GLC’s representatives to provide local outreach and support.
By: Caroline Pomeyie