Twenty-nine entrepreneurs have successfully graduated from the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) green business incubation programme.
The entrepreneurs operating in domestic waste management, climate-smart agriculture and energy efficiency form cohort five class.
They will be leading the campaign for a green economy towards climate change adaptation and mitigation after a year of incubation.
Over the 12 months mentorship period, the green entrepreneurs have received entrepreneurship practical lessons, executive coaching with renowned persons, and business leadership.
Speaking at the virtual graduation event, Ghanaian social innovator and entrepreneur, Bright Simons urged the green entrepreneurs to inspire change and growth through collaborations.
He noted that, they must have passion, knowledge and power if they want to succeed in the climate-smart industry.
Mr Simons who is also the founder and president of mPedigree advise them to let failure spur them on to surmount the challenges.
What next after GCIC
Entrepreneurship Consultant at GCIC, Abdul-Nasser Alidu said members of cohort five will join their alumini group, Climate Innovation Enterprise Network of Ghana (CIENOG).
This, he explained will enable them enjoy benefits such as recoverable grants of up to $10,000 per entrepreneur and GCIC business advisory services.
“The whole idea of the alumini is to create an eco-system of green entrepreneurs and we support them to become successful” Mr Alidu added.
On behave of the graduating cohort, Papa Yaw Agyekum Addo, founder of Green Campus expressed profound gratitude to GCIC for the opportunity.
He said the knowledge and contacts he and his colleagues have gained from GCIC will help grow their business both home and abroad.
Papa Yaw Agyekum Addo said they will be good ambassadors and come out with eco-friendly products to save the world
Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) is a pioneering business incubator whose objective is to support entrepreneurs and ventures involved in developing profitable and locally appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in Ghana.
The Centre’s key focus is on building businesses operating within the areas of energy efficiency, domestic waste management, solar energy, water supply management and purification and climate-smart agriculture.
GCIC is part of the World Bank Group’s infoDev Climate Technology Program. Supported by the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands, the Centre is managed by a consortium led by the Ashesi University College and including Ernst & Young, SNV Ghana, and the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa.