Archive for November 2014

StartUp Cup Joins 4th Ghana SME Summit Speaking List

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We are excited to announce that Ghana StartUp Cup Chair, Emmanuel Nyame would Join the list of experts who would be addressing business leaders at the 4th Annual Ghana SME Business Summit to Boost SMEs in Accra

The fourth annual Ghana SME Summit will open in Accra on 20-21 November, according to organisers, OML Africa and is under the theme “Boosting SME Growth in Challenging Economic Times” .Nearly 100 delegates made up of business owners, CEOs, Managing Directors, entrepreneurs, investors, key decision makers and policy makers in the SME market in Ghana are expected to attend this important event.

According to Paul Asinor, Conference Director of OML Africa,” Some experts describe Ghana’s economy today to be in crisis. Others choose to say the economy is only facing challenges. It is not far from the truth to say that local businesses, most especially small and medium-scale enterprises are currently reeling under the effects of high rates of inflation and even higher rates of bank interest, fluctuations in electricity delivery, a staggering cedi against the dollar, labour unrests, amongst many others.”

He continued,”Small business growth has at best, stagnated in recent times with many SMEs forced to downsize or even shut down. But this dismal trend need not continue for SMEs who are determined to update their processes, take advantage of modern technologies, equip themselves with knowledge in sales and marketing and ultimately grow their businesses even in challenging times.”

“At this year’s conference, the Ghana SME Summit looks at practical solutions to the problems facing SMEs as they are vulnerable and bear the brunt of any major negative shocks in the business sector. Therefore, a powerful list of business experts and facilitators has been lined up that can bring applicable solutions to our delegates”, he concluded.

Some of the speakers at the fourth Ghana SME Summit include Ethel Cofie (Founder, BarCamp Africa); Charles Amoh (Lead Consultant, NTHC SME Unit); Brigitte Dzogbenuku(Executive Director, Empowering Women Ghana) and Anita Wiafe(MD, OML Africa). Others include Mintah Gyampoh(CEO, Chemitech Solutions) ;Paul Ababio (CEO and Founder, Gold Coast Agri Ventures); Katherine Tosan Woode (Chief Commercial Officer, Africa World Airlines); Jennifer Agyeman(CEO, AmazingU ); Alfred Nkrow (Commercial Manager, IS Internet Solutions Ghana Ltd), Emmanuel Nyame (Chairman, Ghana Startup Cup) and many top business experts.

Some very important topics to be discussed are:” Building your Balance Sheet in Difficult Economic Conditions”; “Staying Ahead of the Competition-Crucial Tips to Beat Your Rivals”; “Getting Customers-Tips to Selling Successfully”;“Creating a Loyal Workforce Culture Even in a Challenging Economy”;  and “Best Businesses to Start in an Economic Downturn”. Other topics are “Government Initiatives to Support SMEs in Ghana”; “The Impact of an Economic Recession on Business Strategies of an SME”; “The Effect of a Sliding Cedi on Your Business and How to Combat It”; and more.

At the end of the fourth Ghana SME Summit, delegates will discover how to grow their businesses even in a challenging economic climate; Gain practical insights and learn from successful business owners and experts on their innovation experiences, business philosophies and formula for success. Delegates will also hear from representatives from various government agencies on the new government assistance schemes available to power the growth of their businesses.


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Paul Asinor

Conference Director

OML Africa

Grand Jury Panel for 2014 Unveiled




A unique lineup of bright Ghanaian business minds are set to join the Ghana StartUp Cup judging panel for this year’s competition…

Ghana StartUp Cup is a U.S. Department of State- Led accelerator programme which supports growing of companies and startups that provide solutions to problems across the globe. Now in over 68 countries worldwide, Ghana’s representative at the World Startup Cup last year placed 2nd, and our judges would help ensure that this year’s Ghana winner is innovative and unique to compete at the global level.

The jury panel consists of business experts from varied backgrounds, ranging from technology to entertainment, as this year’s competition looks to celebrate the best of Ghanaian innovation, reveals the organizers. The eight judges will also be accompanied on the panel by guest judges who would provide tailored advice for the Startups.

“I’m delighted to announce this year’s judging panel is again full of Great Ghanaian innovation. The judges’ experience, and knowhow in disrupting their respective markets with breakthrough businesses, will be invaluable to this year’s finalists who will benefit from their feedback and insight. It’s going to be a very exciting day,” commented Emmanuel Nyame, Chair of the Ghana StartUp Cup.

15 Semi-finalists in Health-tech, Agriculture, Edu-tech and entertainment were respectively announced last week. Judges would bring their expertise and mentorship to help support and address the basic challenges that these startups may be experiencing. Startups would be competing for a chance to be selected for the Ampion Venture Bus West Africa 2015, AfricaTwenty10 accelerator programme, Strategy consultation with Growth Mosaic, and ultimately to represent Ghana in the World StartUp Cup competition.

Judges include:


Lexis Bill – Joy FM

Nathan Pritzker – Startup America

Ethel Cofie – Edel Technologies

Beatrice Odonkor – Tiffany Consult

Wayne Miranda – Growth Mosaic

Leticia Browne – Ghana Angel Investor Network

Kweku Fleming – Stanford SEED

Thompson Tsuwa – RtHE Consult