Accelerate 2030 will bring together innovation/entrepreneurial ecosystem builders, entrepreneurs and stakeholders to share, deliberate and discuss a collaborative agenda with the objective to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship in Ghana and across the African continent over the next decade. The overarching objective of the gathering is to collaborate and develop strategic goals for the ecosystem to support the attainment of the SDGs.
The inaugural summit is being held in the context of the Ghana innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem 10-year roadmap being championed by Intelligent Capital which is a proposed set of collective objectives to further fortify the ecosystem. Collective impact can be achieved by leveraging on the strengths of the various ecosystem builders and entrepreneurs towards a shared goal.
In 2017, The President of the Republic of Ghana was appointed as the Co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates for the SDGs. H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has taken on the responsibility to promote the engagement of new stakeholders to enhance awareness and ownership of the SDGs, by encouraging partnerships with governments, the private sector, and civil society.
The President is focused on some primary areas:
In Addition, His excellency established a new office in August 2017, known as the SDGs Advisory Unit, which is anchored in the Office of the President to complement pre-existing national coordination efforts on the SDGs. The Unit’s main functions include:
Intelligent Capital is an entrepreneurship development organization founded with the belief that aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs need more than just financial capital to launch and scale their businesses. While securing early-stage investment can be an important catalyst for startups, we recognize that building sustainable businesses is a multifaceted endeavor.
We take an integrated approach to nurturing businesses, which enable access to human capital, social capital, and intellectual capital as well as positioning them to access appropriate financial capital. In addition to working on initiatives that directly support individual business leaders and young companies, we are committed to building a robust and dynamic ecosystem for African entrepreneurs. We partner with key influencers to develop strategies and polices which contribute toward the development of enabling environments that support the growth of entrepreneurs and their businesses.
UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in some 170 countries and territories, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. In Ghana, UNDP supports national efforts and capacity building for sustainable human development in line with Ghana’s own development strategies. The UNDP Ghana Country Office is a valued, trusted and reliable adviser and development partner to the Ghana Government and other stakeholders in national development.
NBSSI was established by an Act of the Parliament of the Third Republic of Ghana (Act 434 of 1981) and operationalized in 1985 because Government views the sector as having the potential to contribute substantially to reducing the high unemployment rate as well as the growth of the economy of Ghana. MSEs account for a significant share of economic activity in Ghana and can play an important role in achieving the development goals for production. The long-term goal is for MSEs to maximise their contribution to the country’s economic and social development with respect to production, income distribution and employment and the closer integration of women and people in rural areas into the national economy.
A locally rooted, globally connected and inclusive home for innovators. Their inspirational plug and play spaces are a hive for co-working, private office space, conference room rental, vibrant networking events, incubation and acceleration programs.
The NEXTi2i project is a collaboration between Ashesi University and MIT D-Lab, funded by USAID. The Ashesi Venture Incubator is a pilot program of the project and is designed with the intention of developing hybrid businesses that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The incubator model is intentional about the development of hybrid entrepreneurs because it is not enough to just equip this new age of entrepreneurs with the skills to be profitable. To meet the urgent matter of sustainable development in emerging economies, businesses must also be in the position to deliver some level of social impact, be it through their supply chain processes, sourcing, or inclusive employment practices. Thus, the Ashesi Venture Incubator is a one-year incubation experience for recent graduates and alumni of Ashesi University. Over the course of the one-year experience, fellows (incubatees) are provided with financial support, business development programs, and mentorship from local and global industry professionals.