Dutch-Ghanaian entrepreneurs share aspirations at matchmaking session

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The selected entrepreneurs of the Growing Business Together Business Booster met up for mentor matchmaking, an interactive networking session held on Monday the 5th of February in attendance of the Netherlands Dutch ambassador to Ghana Ron Strikker at the New World Campus in The Hague. 

Thirteen businesses that have been selected for accelerator ‘Growing Businesses Together’ (GBT) in the Netherlands came together last week to meet their future coaches and the Netherlands ambassador to Ghana. They described their business ideas, and how they intend to impact the Ghanaian economy by creating employment for the local population.

The session, marked the kick-off of the GBT Business Booster, a 5-week training program aimed at giving 15 Dutch-Ghanaian entrepreneurs the basic skills they need to kick start their business or take it to the next level. The booster program ends with a final pitch event where the entrepreneurs pitch his or her business to the public and a jury. The five best ideas win a 10-day validation trip to Ghana.

“I believe in the digital empowerment of Africa”
— Emanuel Ankrah (GBT Alumni)

Impacting the Ghanaian economy
Youtube Channel Manager Emanuel Ankrah, one of the participants, said: “I believe in the digital empowerment of Africa”. Ankrah wants Ghanaian business owners to be informed on how to return investment by utilizing online channels.

Adu Agyemang, a passionate farmer shared how he intends to feed the world and impact the food market in Ghana by developing his vegetable-growing farm for the open market. Lenry Austin, a Business Administration graduate, described the demand for affordable corporate workwear that she saw in Ghana. She believes Ghana needs a contemporary flagship store, which she is aiming to start after she develops her business plan. The thirteen businesses focus on various sectors, including health, sports, renewable energy and retail.

Encouraging GBT entrepreneurs
Netherlands ambassador to Ghana Ron Strikker paid a visit to the program as part of a trip to the Netherlands. He expressed his expectations for the 5-week booster program. “I will be happy to see Ghana’s economy developing even better in the coming five to ten years through your businesses”, the ambassador said.

The mentors expressed their excitement for the various business ideas. They will have to make the hard choice which entrepreneur they will coach throughout the business booster.

More to come
The GBT Business Booster will start on Friday the 23rd of February in Amsterdam Southeast.  The pitch event will be held on the 23rd of March at the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Do you want to attend the pitch event on the 23rd of March? Visit our event page and stay informed.

Learn more about the GBT Business Booster.

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