Accra, Oct. 20, GNA - Twelve Green entrepreneurs drawn from all over the country have successfully completed a six months intensive, comprehensive and rigorous technical assistance and financing to hone their business.
Each member of the group had a climate-smart business idea and was given support to prove and sharpen it over the period to be able to pilot and up-scale to reduce carbon emission in the country and create opportunities for sustainable growth.
Entrepreneurs in climate change adaptation and mitigation businesses are the maiden Mowgli mentorship programme.
Madam Tove Degnbol, Danish Ambassador to Ghana speaking at a graduating ceremony at Brekus in the Eastern Region disclosed that Ghanaian entrepreneur in green business had a great opportunity to team up with Danish companies.
She said many companies in Denmark had expressed interest in investing in Ghana’s green sector including wind, solar, and waste energy.
In a speech read on her behave, Madam Kathleen Bury Chief Executive Officer of Mowgli Mentoring, said available statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Development Programme showed that, 22 per cent of Africa’s working population were starting new businesses.
Additionally, she said in sub-Saharan Africa, small and medium-sized enterprises were the largest providers of formal sector jobs and called for the urgent need to create and empower entrepreneurs to be successful.
Madam Bury said the achievements, progress and growth of the entrepreneurs demonstrated that Ghana was the right path to achieve economic growth.
“Entrepreneurs are critical for the development of society because they create wealth for the economy, create employment, develop philanthropists – since 95 percent of the world’s philanthropy is given by entrepreneurs – and are passionate believers in social democracy and the empowerment of people.”
The GCIC is a pioneering clean technology and green economy business incubator, housed at the Ashesi University and funded through a grant from the Royal Netherlands and Danish governments through a consortium comprised of Ashesi University, Ernst and Young, and SNV; and the United Nations University has partnered with and procured the services of Mowgli Mentoring, a non-profit mentoring organisation, to deliver an innovative mentoring programme for GCIC’s clients.