Walter is the Director of Truvalu.startups, formerly iMPACT Booster, and the driving force behind this accelerator program. It is his personal mission to create impact through good business.
Walter is a strategist and doer and thinks in possibilities. He wants to design, develop and build companies that matter. At Enviu, a campany specialized in transforming ideas that can contribute to a better world into viable businesses, he has successfully built ten businesses from scratch in emerging economies. In Ghana, one of the companies he initiated and set up is People’s Pension Trust Ghana. Walter has many connections in the startup world in Africa –he is a member of VC4A- and in Ghana, where has close contacts with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology and other accelerators. Walter is on the advisory board of the 15KM incubator and also co-founder and former board member of The Social Business Incubator Michiel Hillen Program Advisor
Anna has 19 years of experience in business development and SME financing (bank, microfinance and impact investment) in West Africa. Ténemba believes that rural entrepreneurship is the solution in creating jobs for African youth, reduce food insecurity and alleviate poverty on the continent. She has been CEO of MBC Africa since 2015 in addition to her position as Lundin Foundation’s Portfolio Director for West and Central Africa.
Anna has developed an extensive network of partners that support micro enterprises and SMEs in accessing financing through product development, funding schemes and network building. Ténemba is a pioneer in angel investment in Mali and Ghana as she was involved in the creation of two angel investors’ clubs, one in Mali and an all ladies angel network in Ghana (Africa Lady Angels).
George is a Dutch-Ghanaian who has been living in the Netherlands for over 25 years, but is currently splitting his time between the two countries. He believes “You never lose in business, you either win or you learn”.
George, originally an IT specialist, is a successful entrepreneur and business consultant with an extensive network among SMEs in Ghana. He is the founder and director of the Sankofa Foundation in The Hague. He has also been instrumental in the establishment of the Diaspora Business Centre Ghana in the Netherlands, an initiative of African diaspora organizations to generate investment opportunities in countries of origin. With Eric Osei of MBC Africa, George has co-written the book Migration & Entrepreneurship. The Dynamics of Creating Your Winning Business in the Home Country.
Nelson has joined our team bringing in his expertise and network as CEO of Innohub Limited, a business accelerator and impact investment platform that helps to grow sustainable social enterprises from the highly innovative ideas of young Africans.
Nelson is a believer in the potential of African startups and SMEs to drive enterprising solutions to poverty and underdevelopment, and is thus committed to helping such business to grow to their full potential.
Nelson is a specialist in Business Model Innovation and Business Pitch Coaching and served as a Partner-Coach in the 2015 African Entrepreneurship Award. He is a Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Fellow and also a part-time lecturer at the University of Applied Management, Ghana Campus and the BlueCrest University College, Accra.
Eric is an investor entrepreneur and author, focusing on entrepreneurship and investment. He has a great network among Ghanaian businesses and foreign businesses in Ghana including Dutch companies, and government institutions, particularly those involved in attracting inward investment and helping return migrants.
He has strong links with the Dutch business community in Ghana and GNBCC, which recently published his book ‘Doing business in Ghana’. Some of his other books are ‘’Principles of Successful Entrepreneurs’’, Investing through Crisis in Africa’’ with a foreword by Dr. AmichiaBiley, former West Africa regional director of the German Investment Bank DEG. Migration & Entrepreneurship. He is an alumina of the Young Expert Program (YEP), a partnership program between the Netherlands Water Partnership and the Dutch Foreign Ministry. He also worked with the German International Cooperation; Market Oriented Agricultural Program (GIZ -MOAP), where he linked farmer-based organizations to rural banks within the five program regions of Ghana, i.e. Accra, Cape Coast, Tamale, Ho and Sunyani.
Eric worked with the Diaspora Business Centre (DBC), a migrant organization which connects and supports return migrants with the necessary business and entrepreneurial skills and link them up with the relevant government institutions, like the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, the Diaspora Bureau Affairs under the ministry of foreign affairs and other business development servicers bodies, who have the desire of setting up a business enterprises upon their return to Ghana. He currently serve as the country lead for MBC Africa, a Canadian sponsored agribusiness accelerator program in Ghana, which seeks to enhance the growth and competiveness of agribusinesses across Africa.
Eric co-founded the African German Youth Dialogue in partnership with the Goethe Institut, Accra. This organization was later rebranded ‘Language Meets Culture’ and brought Ghanaian and German counterparts together on one platform to discuss issues of mutual interest.
Michiel is the director of EMSA Emerging Markets Africa and has dedicated his career to business development activities in Africa for over fifteen years. He firmly believes that private sector development is the key to the sustainable development of Africa’s economies.
Michiel helps and coaches both African and European companies to develop and enhance their business in Africa by exploring opportunities, connecting people and sharing his experience in the field of joint ventures, governance, foreign investment, financing and matchmaking. He has completed assignments in over 20 African countries. Michiel has held several board positions of Africa-based and Africa-oriented organizations, both in profit and not-for-profit. Currently, he is non-executive member of the Nairobi-based ICT firm Carrel Technologies Ltd. as well as member of the supervisory board of Sankofa Foundation in The Hague
Augustina Austin is a Dutch- Ghanaian and the junior Communication Support for the GBT Business Booster in the Netherlands. As a communication specialist, Augustina is specialized in online communication.
Augustina believes in building continuing professional relations between the diaspora and the African continent. And is thus passionate to help organizations with the same focus to grow and last.
She is a board member of Young Ghanaian professionals Benelux, a Dutch based association for young highly educated Ghanaians in the Benelux where she built an extensive network in the Ghanaian community. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor for This is Africa, a forum for African opinion, arts and music. She is the founder of BYAustin, a communications consultancy firm focused on building an easy online communication strategy for start-ups, non-profits and public personalities. She is also a music artist and presenter.
Mary Addae is the Junior Project Manager of the GBT programs in Ghana. As a researcher and an expert in cost and profit optimization, Mary holds a Masters of Philosophy degree in Agribusiness and is currently pursuing a Project Management Professional Course.
Mary is passionate about the sustainability of SME’s in Africa, and believes that cost minimization and profit maximization are essential tools for the sustainability and progression of businesses. Therefore, Mary is interested in performing a research analysis for SME’s to develop a profit or cost optimization for businesses. Currently, Mary is developing a least cost feed formulation model for the Greater Accra Poultry Farmers Association.
She is a Project Assistant for MBC Africa, a Canadian sponsored agribusiness organization in Ghana, which seeks to enhance the growth and competiveness of agribusinesses across Africa.