Green entrepreneurs complete mentorship programme

By
Yaw Ansah, GNA

Accra, Oct. 20, GNA – Twelve
Green entrepreneurs drawn from all over the country have successfully completed
a six months intensive, comprehensive and rigorous technical assistance and
financing to hone their business.

Each member of the
group had a climate-smart business idea and was given support to prove and
sharpen it over the period to be able to pilot and up-scale to reduce carbon
emission in the country and create opportunities for sustainable growth.

Entrepreneurs in
climate change adaptation and mitigation businesses are the maiden Mowgli
mentorship programme.

Madam Tove Degnbol,
Danish Ambassador to Ghana speaking at a graduating ceremony at Brekus in the
Eastern Region disclosed that Ghanaian entrepreneur in green business had a
great opportunity to team up with Danish companies.

She said many
companies in Denmark had expressed interest in investing in Ghana’s green
sector including wind, solar, and waste energy.

In a speech read on
her behave, Madam Kathleen Bury Chief Executive Officer of Mowgli Mentoring,
said available statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development and the United Nations Development Programme showed that, 22 per
cent of Africa’s working population were starting new businesses.

Additionally, she said
in sub-Saharan Africa, small and medium-sized enterprises were the largest
providers of formal sector jobs and called for the urgent need to create and
empower entrepreneurs to be successful.

Madam Bury said the
achievements, progress and growth of the entrepreneurs demonstrated that Ghana
was the right path to achieve economic growth.

“Entrepreneurs are
critical for the development of society because they create wealth for the
economy, create employment, develop philanthropists – since 95 percent of the
world’s philanthropy is given by entrepreneurs – and are passionate believers
in social democracy and the empowerment of people.”

The GCIC is a
pioneering clean technology and green economy business incubator, housed at the
Ashesi University and funded through a grant from the Royal Netherlands and
Danish governments through a consortium comprised of Ashesi University, Ernst
and Young, and SNV; and the United Nations University has partnered with and
procured the services of Mowgli Mentoring, a non-profit mentoring organisation,
to deliver an innovative mentoring programme for GCIC’s clients.

GNA

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