Accra, Sept. 19, GNA – A social venture, Green
Campus GH engaged in manufacturing biodegradable trash bags and recycling waste
materials has emerged the winner of the ‘GreenGo’ contest.
The contest was held as part of this year’s
Social Media Week (SMW) in Accra.
The prize package is a $10,000 worth of
incubation support and other learning opportunities from the Ghana Climate
Innovation Centre (GCIC), a pioneering business incubator with a unique focus
of developing entrepreneurs in Green Economy.
‘GreenGo’ refers to the green heroes of the
environment who are saving the natural ecology by offering and providing
environmentally sustainable solutions and products to the general populace.
This year’s SMW, a news platform, and a
worldwide conference adopted climate change adaptation, green businesses and
innovation as one of the major issues discussed as well as highlighting the
work of Ghanaian entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers who through their
inventions were providing solutions to mitigating the adverse effect of climate
Mr Ahuma Adodoadji, Marketing and
Communications Director at Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC), said the
completion was first of its kind that sought to bring like-minded business to
interact, explore areas of synergy in the green business.
“Since GCIC started a number of green business
have received mentorship but we realized there are many more who have not
“Each business in the green space has a unique
problem it is addressing so we found it prudent to allow a few to present their
models to enable GCIC support it,” he stated.
Touching on the effect of climate change, he
said the phenomena had manifested on the entire globe and particularly on
developing countries including Ghana hence the need to create more awareness
and adopt appropriate mitigation measures to survive.
Mr. Adodoadji assured of GCIC’s commitment to
complementing efforts of government and other stakeholders through mentoring
entrepreneurs to promote technologies and innovations.
In the area of energy efficiency, water
purification, domestic waste management, solar energy and climate-smart agriculture
to enable people to take advantage of the available opportunities to ensure
food security and stimulate green business.
Papa Yaw Agyekum Chief Executive Officer of
Green Campus GH, expressed appreciation to GCIC for the opportunity to learn
more about climate change.
He indicated that the initiative, which
started in 2016, as a way of dealing with the inconvenience that came with
emptying his dustbin, had grown into an entity that was helping in the fight
against the sanitation through the use of trash bags.
Papa Yaw Agyekum said becoming a GreenGo had
boosted his confidence to intensify his sanitation campaign across the country.
“My business is a growing success story and my
specific goal is to be a waste management embassy in Ghana and I believe GCIC’s
incubator programme will help me achieve that,” he stated.
The company he said had established offices in
other universities to help to inculcate into the youth good sanitation values
to complement effort toward ensuring environmental cleanliness in the country.
Papa Agyakum hinted that the firm’s plant had
the capacity of producing 500,000 pieces of biodegradable trash bags but had a
strategy to grow the business exponentially.
As part of the Social Media Week celebrations,
the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre also launched the ‘DO BETTER, GO GREEN’
campaign that seeks to educate people on the effects of climate change.