Highlights from the Enactus Ghana National Competition
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
University of Ghana
- Second Place:
Kwame Nkrumah University
of Science and Technology, Kumasi
- Third Place:
Radford University College
- Fourth Place:
University of Energy and Natural Resources
On 5-6 July, nearly 525 Enactus Ghana supporters met at the Accra International Conference Center to celebrate the impact made through entrepreneurial action over the past year. With an impressive list of sponsors and special guests, this two-day event was a meaningful opportunity for all in attendance to learn and be inspired.
Ten teams took part in the competition this year and 32 executives serving as judges had the challenging task of selecting the finalist teams. Those four teams took to the main stage to share their initiatives and the impact made through entrepreneurial action, in hopes that the 17 final round judges, representing leading organizations and businesses across the country, would select them as the 2016 Enactus Ghana National Champion. In the end, that title was awarded to the team from the University of Ghana, who presented their Mushlife project: with the goal of reducing unemployment among individuals with physical disabilities, the team worked with a group of 10 disabled young people to train them on mushroom production and how to set up and sustain a successful business selling the crop, earning beneficiaries an average monthly income of GHS 750.
There were lots of congratulations messages on social media after the National Champions were announced. In fact, there were so many messages on the second day of the event that #WeAllWin was trending in Ghana! This strong online presence was thanks in large part to the work of the seven-person social ambassador team, which included students, alumni, partners and staff – thank you for your enthusiasm and support!
— hyperActive (@hyperactive_gh) July 6, 2016
As we mentioned above, there were a number of special guests at this year’s event and attendees had the opportunity to hear directly from some of them. Anthony Kwasi Sarpong, Head of Audit for KPMG, welcomed attendees on behalf of the Enactus Ghana Board of Directors and thanked all involved for their support and involvement. Ms. Sun Baohang, Her Excellency the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, offered her thoughts on innovation and challenged the students in the room to be innovative in their projects. And Van Parys, Managing Director for Total Ghana, noted how impressed he is with the determination of the students involved with the program and urged them to always be hardworking. There was also an informal discussion session informal session that explored how the youth of Ghana can use entrepreneurial action in business.
Students and business leaders also had the chance to connect directly in the career fair, with companies having the chance to share information about their culture and opportunities.
Want more from the Enactus Ghana National Competition? Be sure to check out their Facebook page, where they posted live updates and lots of pictures throughout the event!
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— #Beta (@Savvy_Pabi) July 6, 2016