Kumasi Startup Ecosystem – online pitch competition demo day
On Monday, January 25th the demo day of a very special cohort of startups took place online. 12 startups from Kumasi, Ghana, had the opportunity to convince a jury from Northrhine-Westphalia of their early stage startup projects. On behalf of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), Impact Hub Ruhr organized a supporting process for Kumasi’s growing startup ecosystem including 7 Startup Hubs and 14 startups from the region. The highlight after 4 training workshops and consultation was the demo day with an online pitch competition and a prize of 5.000€. Therefore we invited a well-experienced jury with the following members:
- Anne König, PhD Researcher at TU Dortmund University, chair technology & management (t&m), with an industry focus on healthcare with experience in multiple other industries;
- Dominik Stute, Head of Unit Foreign Market Development & New Economy at Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund (IHK);
- Patrick Bottermann, Head of Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship at Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), focussing on Corporate and Digital Responsibility, multi-stakeholder engagement and sustainable business model innovation.
Meet the winner teams
After a professional as well as entertaining pitch competition of the start-ups, the jury named the three winners. Please meet the 3 extraordinary and promising entrepreneurs:
1st place: NASTECH Power Solutions who build small scale portable solar energy generators and batteries from electronic waste, bridging the energy gap by providing affordable and renewable energy especially to small businesses. NASTECH Power Solutions was awarded with 2.500 €.
2nd place: IRecycle Enterprise who produce single-origin plastic flakes as a commodity from plastic waste. They buy from self-employed local collectors but also already employ 11 people for collection, sorting, crushing and packing. Soon they are going to produce pavement bricks and roof tiles from recycled plastics. IRecylce Enterprise was awarded with 1.500 €
3rd place: EMB Ahenfie who have developed a delivery service for groceries from local markets using often underpaid head potters. Not only making locally produced food easy available for the growing middle class, but also educating and empowering head potters. EMB Ahenfie was awarded with 1.000 €
We enjoyed the work with the participants over the last couple of months a lot and would like to thank all Start-ups from Ghana, who took part in the program.
Please make sure to check out the other innovative startups as well:
B & B Agric Business
Thanks to the Kumasi Startup Hubs
And also huge thanks go to the Kumasi Startup Hubs who conducted pitch trainings for the participating startups and support them in their entrepreneurial journey.