Ghana Compares is founded by Nii-Nmai Dsane, the winner of the GBT Business Booster 2017. Its goal is to be a time-effective online platform for the Ghanaian consumer when looking around for a financial, insurance or broadband service.
Nii-Nmai observes a current challenge of the Ghanaian consumer of going to and finding the right bank, mortgage or internet provider, while staying in traffic and in ques when looking for a suitable service. The founder also recognizes the growing use of and access to internet in Ghana. Ghana Compares offers a solution by comparing these services and products based on price and quality, its mission is to innovate and bring transparency to the Ghanaian market.
Ghana Compares provides comparison services for:
- Car insurance
- Bank services
Maxim Nyansa IT Solutions is a bi-cultural organization that creates a career perspective for young Ghanaian graduates in software engineering according to European standards. Its purpose is to create career opportunities for young Africans with the help of IT.
The organization is co-founded by Benedicta Nkansah and established in 2014 in the Netherlands, and Ghana. Each year 20 high potential trainees are selected to participate in a 6-month intensive program of practical training. These trainees are graduates and students who have a small chance to make it as professionals, due to the lack of a right middle-class network that is normally needed to do business in West-Africa.
The program is provided by Dutch and Ghanaian professionals in the field of IT, Personal Development, Personal Leadership and Education. The graduates are taught how to comply with international professional standards both technically and culturally. And they are each coached personally in their competences and career development.
The company provides some of these young Ghanaian IT professionals, who have successfully completed the programme with a contract to work with them and gain experience and (if desired) specialize in a certain field of software development, software testing and Building IT LAB in Junior High Schools (JHS).
Maxim Nyansa believes that
- It can effectively equip young Africans to become outstanding IT professionals, even if they come from an underprivileged background.
- It creates the best of two worlds in all aspects of the organization where Europeans and Africans work together, learn from each other and thus creating a synergy.
- Educational software and well-designed IT LABs can benefit education everywhere in the world, but only when it is combined with intensive personal contact and practical training.
- It creates equality for all people and fair working conditions.
- It implements doing business in a frugal and humble way, without compromising on quality.
- It can significantly improve the practice of software development with the help of independent testing services.
Website & Social Media
Visit Maxim Nyansa’s website for more details about the organization.
The Fanka Bar is a healthy high protein and 100% organic snack bar beneficial for the health conscious consumer in Ghana.
Adriaan Brouwer and Foster Mensah are two young entrepreneurs who observed a demand for a cheap and tasty protein source during their stay in Ghana in 2015. They put their creative ideas together and initiated the Fanka Bar, a healthy and affordable organic source of protein, which is to be available at exercising venues in Ghana.
The energy bar is now in its pilot phase and is made of local organic products such as soybeans, groundnuts and dried coconuts. These agricultural ingredients are provided by local expertise from the Brong-Ahafo region in Ghana. The entrepreneurs intend to contribute to the millennium goal of rural development in Africa initiated by the World Bank, by creating business opportunities and labor for the rural population of this region. Another important objective is to keep costs of the production low, so that the economy in Ghana can benefit on a durable basis.
Cyco is a bike sharing app and company that aims to provide Ghanaian and African students a cheaper, sustainable and alternative form of transport within university Campuses in Ghana.
Cyco is initiated by Linford Lamptey and it provides a service that tackles the expensive and unsustainable modes of transportation that students in Ghana currently handle in university campuses. The app uses its GPS based app to locate Cyco bikes spread around university campuses. This gives students a faster and cheaper mode of transport within a few clicks on their smartphone; based on their current GPS location.
Cyco firstly intends to target university students who do not have their own personal mode of transportation like a car. It also focuses on students who are unable to solicit the shuttle services on routine basis offered at their campus due to expensive price of taxis. The next important group is students who find it difficult to utilize the university shuttle services.
Linford intends to work with the rapid growing number of university students that make use of smartphones and have easy access to the internet. This trend enables the target group to easily access the app.
Global Return is a recruitment agency for Dutch companies in Ghana who want to hire Dutch-Ghanaian professionals that intend to relocate to and work in Ghana.
Global Return is founded by Lady Gifty, a HR professional based in the Netherlands who has a passion for recruiting suitable professionals for companies. The founder discovered the growing number of professionals relocating to Ghana and the growing demand of companies for internationally trained professionals. The founder intends to contribute to the rising economy of Ghana by building continuous working relations.
The objective of the recruitment agency is to recruit professionals for companies and provide information on career opportunities in Ghana. The company focuses mainly on the sectors: Technology, Oil and Gas and Health. The founder believes that these sectors contribute the most to Ghana’s economy and need an experienced intermediary that provides Human Resource at international competitive levels.
Website & Social Media
Find out more about Global Return on their website
Indelibl is a social commerce platform and online marketplace to showcase the works of emerging and established African artists and artisans. The marketplace empowers them to reach out to and engage with potential customers across the globe, while it handles marketing and the process of shipping.
The platform, founded by Edwin Otta firstly seeks to combine the functionality of e-commerce and social networking to create a more interactive and engaging customer experience. The second objective is to increase the physical interaction between the customer and the artist and to organize exhibitions and pop-up installations. Indelibl handles the logistics delivery, customer service and marketing for the artists.
Indelibl explores a few trends to provide a resource for local artists and artisans to access global markets but also to cultivate a demand for these products locally. The first trend in Ghana much like in other African countries is the rising middle class. Africans have more disposable income than ever before and they are choosing to spend it on entertainment and luxury items. Indelibl believes that art and handmade crafts fall under this category. The next trend is that Africans in the diaspora who on average have more disposable income increasingly desire more access to their culture, whether that is through film, music, literature etc.
1. Original paintings
2. Art prints
3. Art printed products (T-shirts, pillowcases, mugs)
4. Handmade crafts
Website & Social Media
Read more about Indelibl on their website.
Guvu is a strength and conditioning program based on CrossFit, which is designed to enhance the strength, physical characteristics and functionalities of the body. The program is established to enable people in Ghana to develop their physical strength and effectively achieve their long-term health goals.
Soueba Gambo (also known as Woman of Steel) is the initiator of Guvu. She is a health and well-being fanatic who seeks to change the way Ghanaians treat their health. Having grown up in Ghana, the founder discovered that the health and fitness industry in Ghana currently offers only conventional gym whereby equipment is provided in the gym for customers to use while they are not aware of how to effectively apply the equipment.
How it works
Guvu intends to place a coach during each class programmed for all customers, which the founder refers to as athletes. All these programs are developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. These athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse and randomized physical challenges each day. In this way all workout programs vary every single day.
“I facilitate a class where athletes are challenged mentally and physically to challenge their negative energy into something positive.” — Soueba Gambo
Guvu’s objectives are to:
- Give knowledge on how to apply workout equipment effectively.
- Introduce a new fun and effective way of working out to Ghana.
- Address health issues in Ghana, like obesity (which is often related to cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer, type 2 diabetes and more.)
Ghanafrica.com seeks to be the leading information-platform when it comes to reliable statistics in Ghana. It gathers high standard content from the appropriate (official) sources, bundles it, and presents it to its user in a logically structured and accessible way.
Emmanuel Boafo, who is the founder of Ghanafrica seeks to provide a one stop address when it comes to facts and figures on Ghana. That’s what the platform eventually aims to be. With this comprehensive approach it seeks to be attractive and relevant to internet servers of all backgrounds.
Information relating to statistics in Ghana is often scattered over different sources and locations. It also proves to be inaccurate, outdated, contradictory, lost or incomplete, while it is obligated to be accessible by law.
The platform targets the professional and business communities in Ghana and outside the country, who will find the frequent updated content optionally visible in charts and graphs ever useful.
Due to the current state of accessible information in Ghana, Ghanafrica intends to meet the following demands:
DIVINE FuFu Express Flour introduces FuFu, a Ghanaian dish that requires time-efficient and less intensive means to be prepared. The product requires 3 to 5 minutes to be prepared with solely water and a hand mixer.
DIVINE FuFu Express is founded by Moses Dsane, a lover and frequent consumer of FuFu. Having had years of professional experience in the Dutch Energy sector, he realized that preparing FuFu needed a more time-effective preparation than the traditional way. He saw a demand for an innovative, time saving, clean and healthier way of preparing FuFu for every household that prepares the Ghanaian dish.
The traditional and modern ways of preparing FuFu both require fire, water and heavy stirring or pounding of approximately 20 minutes or more. However, preparation required for Divine FuFu is without fire and offers the consumer to prepare the dish in a short amount of time.
Divine FuFu intends to innovate the way the average FuFu consumer prepares the dish. It also intends to help promote FuFu to a wider consumer group.
Website & social media
Find out more about Divine FuFu Express on Facebook.
Plastic Waste provides home furnishing made of recycled materials from Ghana. The recycling company is founded by Edna Ofori Gyamfi and Godwin Arhin (also founders of For the People Foundation). Two young social entrepreneurs who want to make a sustainable impact in the Ghanaian environment.
The Ghanaian environment deals with plastic waste on a daily basis. The waste ultimately pollutes the environment and a large part is never taken through any recycling process. Here is where Plastic Waste comes in. The furnishings produced by Plastic Waste will recycle plastic for the productions of tables, jewelry and more.
Plastic Waste has the objective to:
- Create a cleaner environment in Ghana
- Create employment with fair trade standards for development of the working class in Ghana, by fully producing the furniture in Ghana,
- Independence of the company, whereby the profit is solely for expansion of the production houses to create more employment.
Ofie Multimedia is a music event production company that provides sound and music equipment. It intends to be the prominent production company in Ghana. The company is also a creative platform that promotes Ghanaian music in Europe and teaches African music and culture in the Netherlands.
Ofie Multimedia is founded by Berima Amo, a professional musician. The 7-year old company provides quality equipment for live shows that are competitive with television and radio standards around the world. It also offers a creative platform for Dutch artists in Ghana and Ghanaian artists that are based in the Netherlands.
Ofie Multimedia provides:
- Equipment for live sounds and recordings
- Professional lighting systems
- Video productions
- A platform for upcoming Ghanaian artists who have lived in the Netherlands
- Training for Ghanaian artists that intend to access the international market
- Training and workshops for the Ghana media industry
Having had years of professional experience in the music industry in Ghana, Berima noticed the lack of quality and optimal service in production for television, radio and events in Ghana. With his expertise and network in the Ghanaian arts and entertainment industry, Berima intends to improve the overall quality to meet international standards.
Website & social media
Find out more about Ofie Multimedia on Facebook.
Baafi Owusu Sekyere intends to help organizations and businesses, to secure their organizations via an Information Security & IT Audit Consultancy. His main focus is to secure IT Infrastructure against attacks, sabotage, disruption, destruction and theft of resources and Intellectual Property in Ghana.
Having years of experience in Lead Consultant IT Governance, Baafi Owusu Sekyere (the founder) intends to secure the Information Infrastructure of organizations and businesses from internal and external adversaries in Ghana. Through his consultancy firm, the founder plans to prevent loss of important and critical business and Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or Sensitive Personal Information (SPI). This will prevent unnecessary loss of business critical information, resources on maintenance, productive man hours and associated costs. And it will eventually lead to preventing avoidable breach of contracts, law suits and negative publicity. In sum, it will minimize business losses; promote good business standing.
Baafi went to teach a “Cybersecurity Risk Assessment & Management” course at the National Banking College in Accra. And he feels a lot needs to be done for heads of organizations and businesses to even be aware of the lurking dangers of insecure information infrastructure.
He also recognizes Ghana as an emerging market where automation is gaining momentum in all fronts both in the public and private sectors. His goal is to match this with securing important and critical business and sensitive personally identifiable information.