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Reflections : Ghana StartUp Cup 2013



Ghana StartUp Cup 2013 was the most successive startup event in Ghana. With only 36 applications – 33 from Ghana,  one each from Nigeria, Kenya and Botswana, the event ended with infectious smiles on the face of participants and sponsors. It all started with a generous partnership with GCEEI and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Africa Youth Economic Forum, where the competition was launched, followed by a full month for business model submissions.

The judges and mentors for the programme, which consisted of professional businessmen and advisors, took up the challenge of reviewing each business model and providing specific business mentorship for budding entrepreneurs who took part in the competition for 6 months. Selection moved from Top 18 to Top 7 until the final three were awarded at the awards ceremony.

Ghana StartUp Cup 2013 was proudly sponsored by Liberty Capital Holdings Ghana Limited (Title Sponsors) and Ghana Angel Investor Network(GAIN). Through  sponsorship, training sessions, as well as pitch and mentorship sessions, meals, media and other basic requirements were covered. Entry into the competition was however free.



The climax of the 6 months competition happened to be the awards dinner where we had speeches from the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Gene A. Cretz, MD of Liberty Capital, Roger Adjovu, Investor Relations of Ghana Angel Investor Network, Leticia Browne, and Ghana StartUp Cup Chair, Emmanuel Nyame . Read Ambassador Cretz’ full speech HERE.

Each of the seven finalists were awarded. The final awards categories  and recipients are below:

  • Awards for Environmental Sustainability :


  • 2nd Runner Up:


  •  1st Runner Up:

                MANSUKI GHANA LTD

  • Overall Winner:


BraveHearts would continue to the World StartUp Cup, where they would have the opportunity to compete with other winners and ultimately fight for a spot in the top 7 finalists so as to compete in Armenia

Ghana StartUp Cup caught the attention of over 50 media houses (including television, radio, print and online) during the 6 month period of the competition and this was a good sign of how Ghanaians truly cherish entrepreneurship. This year provides another opportunity to challenge previous year’s standard, while achieving greater heights.

This year, the team at Ghana StartUp Cup have interesting programmes coming up as we partner with StartUp Cup’s Head of MENA (Middle East North Africa) and Africa region, Dalia Al-Said to launch a competition that would not only be fun to participate, but one that would be memorable and impactful

We therefore call on all stakeholders, governments, support agencies, to come on board the 2014 Ghana StartUp Cup, so as to achieve greatness together!

Ghana StartUp Cup is proudly hosted by Dream Pathway International with Sponsorship from Liberty Capital Holdings Ghana Limited and Ghana Angel Investor Network and support from US Embassy-Ghana, GEW-Ghana, Ghana Chamber of Commerce, MEL Consulting, Hub Accra, among a host of partners.

We look forward to a successful launch  Mid-Year.