Patronize Local Digital innovations- Ing Joseph Owusu

A lecturer at the Electrical and Electronics Department at the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani, Ing Joseph Owusu, has advised Ghanaians to buy into Ghanaian established digital innovations.

This he said at the ’Sunyani Startup Summit 2022’ which was organized by GrassRoots hub on 13th January 2022. GrassRoots partnered with Ghana Tech Lab and received support from the Master Card Foundation, the World Bank, Young Africa Works, and the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation. The summit was on the theme; ‘Mobile Applications for Sustainable Business Development and Job creation in Sunyani’.

Out of the many, 5 startups; PalmTeck, Comfortex, skyTech, 3As Solutions, and IGNITE battled out their ideas as they shared their visions, missions, and their implementing strategy before the judges.

The judges included; Mr. Clement Yeboah Siaw, Branch Manager, Databank Financial services, Ing Joseph Owusu, Lecturer, Electrical and Electronics Department at the University Of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, and Mr. Abagna Salifu Issah, CEO of CodeSmart Websoft.

After the pitching, IGNITE, who according to their mission is to bring to the forefront of humanity opportunities and problem-solving capacities with the aid of technology, won.

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Mr. Nana Damoah, Executive Director CERK Impact Drive (CID), was a speaker at the summit and highlighted the essence of starting one’s own business.

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With the glorification that comes with starting one’s own business, he reminded newbies that the road to success may be rough but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. He, therefore, told startups to remain focused despite challenging times

Ms. Diana Kwaaba, Manger at the hub, gave the welcome speech, spelled out the journey for the trainees and what to expect after the summit. She explained the goal of the Pathway to Sustainable Employment (PASE) program, which is to help curb the rate of unemployment in the country. 

She also emphasized entrepreneurship since she believes it to be the best way to end unemployment in Ghana but more so in the Bono region.

Ms. Christabel Andoh, Business Development lead, GrassRoots Hub, commended trainees of the cohort for their commitment and professionalism during the summit.

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She, however, encouraged the trainees who have become startups to continue in that same spirit as the PASE program progresses into another phase.

’’ With the kind of ideas been exhibited here today, it gives me enough hope, the future of Bono region looks so promising. ‘’ said Robert Kwasi Oppong, Communication officer, GADeF International (GrassRootsHub) as he stated his optimism about the project.

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