Accra, July 16, GNA - The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) has inducted 10 entrepreneurs into the business incubator.
The entrepreneurs are made up of the third cohort of inductees selected from a pool of over 100 applicants across the country.
The first cohort was made up of 11 entrepreneurs and with 12 entrepreneurs forming the second cohort.
The programme is supported by the World Bank, the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands.
The Centre, is managed by a consortium led by Ashesi University College with Ernst and Young, SNV Netherlands Development Organization, and the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa.
The inductees are Issahahu Zakaria (Mayiya Company Ltd), Mariama Iddrisu (Yensom Enterprise), Linda Lariba Atibilla (Hope Givers), Samlara Baah (Loo Works), Peter Kweku Anowie (Kolics Ventures), and Joseph Sowatey Komey (Synergy).
Others are Charles Tellier (So-B-Green), Mark Yeboah-Agyepong (Trimark Aquaculture Centre), Alhaji Issahaku Maham (Tiyumtaba Farms and Investment Ltd), and Lovans Owusu-Takyi (Sustainable Technologies Ltd).
Ruayatu Sanusi, Executive Director GCIC, said the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) was a pioneering business incubator with a unique focus on developing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) ventures and entrepreneurs in Ghana’s ‘Green Economy’.
She said the mission of the GCIC business incubator was to develop and support an exceptional set of transformational ventures and entrepreneurs, who are pioneering adaptive and mitigating solutions for climate change issues in Ghana.
“We do this with a focus on five key economic sectors (energy efficiency & renewable energy; solar power; climate-smart agriculture; waste management; waste purification and management), providing business advisory services, business mentoring, capacity building services as well as financial grants to qualifying SMEs within our incubator,” she said.
Mr Abdul-Nasser Alidu, Entrepreneurship Director of GCIC said the inducted businesses will be given advice 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.
He said the GCIC was committed to help nurture and raise transformational business leaders whose businesses have the capabilities to go the long haul and won’t be sunk by the marketplace.
The GCIC is a pioneering business incubator with a unique focus on developing SME ventures and entrepreneurs in Ghana’s ‘Green Economy.
The centre is a World Bank funded project, which is being run by a consortium comprising Ashesi University College, Ernst and Young, SNV Ghana, DANIDA and the United Nations University.
Madam Linda Lariba Atibilla, one of the inductees and the CEO of Hope Givers said she was convinced that her company would move to the next level after going through the incubation period.
Madam Samlara Baah, CEO of Loo Works, said her company’s mission was to become an African household name for innovative solutions to domestic challenges using renewable energy technologies.