Over 100 selected youth from three tertiary institutions in the country are being trained on the need to venture into green entrepreneurship.

The Green entrepreneurship concept will ensure participants learn to turn energy and negative environmental challenges into money-making.

An initiative by the International Small Enterprise Promotion and Training Program, Leipzig University and Conoscope GmbH, lecturers from Catholic University (sunyani), KNUST and Koforidua Polytechnic are being introduced to modern ways to green economy.

Under the Intelligence for Innovation Africa (IN4IN), individuals, entrepreneurs, business consultants and small businesses are encouraged to participate to avert negative effect on the environment.

As part of the nationwide training program, the Cape Coast University will host 50 businesses in the green entrepreneurship competition.

Ralph Nyadu-Addo, a trainer with IN4IN, explains the project focuses on providing business solutions to environmental issues with the best innovative idea expected to receive support from a German-government renewable energy and environmental grant.

“Energy and environmental problems cannot only be researched, after the research what next? We are training these people so we can turn the research into businesses to address the problems”.

A  business consultant and one of the participants, Stella Asiedu Boadu is excited at the opportunities provided by the training.

“We are all surviving on the natural environment, so if you screw it up and you think you can run your business successfully, it will come back and bite you. No matter what business we are doing, we can be green right from the choice of the materials and chemicals we use because there are more sustainable materials”.

Dr. Frank Agyin Dwumah, Director for Research and Innovation at the Koforidua Polytechnic says the institution is trying to set up an entrepreneurship centre and business incubator outfit to train students in the area.

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