Israeli Ambassador, H. E. Shani Cooper

The second Israeli Green Innovation Competition (IGIC) which seeks to honour individuals and organisations that come up with innovative solutions to promote environmental conservation and agriculture in Ghana, has officially begun.

The Green Innovation Competition focuses on innovative startups in the agriculture and horticulture sector which is in line with Israel’s commitment to stimulate both agriculture and innovation in Ghana.

Shani Cooper Israeli Ambassador

It is open to young Ghanaian startups (aged 15-40) who have an already existing, innovative initiative that contributes to the growth of the floriculture industry.

The winner of this year’s competition will receive a fully paid trip to Israel to participate in industry-related conferences to learn best practices, network and seek potential investors to expand their existing businesses.

The competition is being undertaken by the Israeli Embassy in collaboration with the Ghana Garden and Flower Show, an initiative of Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa).

The final selection and award ceremony will be held on the last day of the 2020 Virtual Ghana Garden and Flower Show (GGFS) on 8th November.

Israel prides itself as a nation of innovation that helps to stimulate innovation wherever it finds itself. 

Winner of 2019 IGIC, Pius Nutsugha

Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Shani Cooper expressed excitement about the second edition of the show, saying, “We are delighted that through this show we are about unearthing new solutions to enhance agriculture and the environment, the Israeli embassy will continue to support innovative ideas in our quest to see an improved agriculture system and the environment.”

Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa organizers of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show (GGFS) Ms. Esther A.N. Cobbah indicated that due to the corona pandemic, the company had to resort to a virtual show. She called on all stakeholders to continue their efforts in helping keep a cleaner, greener, healthier and a wealthier Ghana. 

Individuals or organizations with interest on entering into this year’s competition would have to follow these simple steps.

  • Have an innovative and captivating prototype that promotes green innovation in Ghana
  • Present your prototype in a 90 seconds video detailing all the essential information about your solution. 
  • Register (http://stratcomm-africa.com/gfs/registrations) and upload your video via your Facebook account (tagging Israel Embassy Ghana @IsraelinGhana) and share URL to the video on the Registration Section of Competition Website.

Ten qualifying participants will be selected from the entries for the final pitch.

Then these 10 finalists will be hosted by the competition judges on 8th November 2020 at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Virtual Ghana Garden and Flower Show, to do a 3-minute prototype presentation of their solutions. 

Registration is opened from now till 23rd October 2020; hence individuals are encouraged to send their entries to stand the chance of being crowned for innovation and also acquire valuable skills to help scale up your business initiative.