Management of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme led by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer Abigail Swad Laryea took turn at the Ghana Digital and Innovation Week to tell Ghanaians work done so far to support entrepreneurs and businesses in Ghana.
The Director of Business Support and Policy, Franklin Owusu Karikari explained the ‘YouStart initiative’ in the 2022 budget statement and the role NEIP will be playing under this initiative.
The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programmes is a government of Ghana flagship programme under the Office of the President that supports entrepreneurs, help businesses to grow and new ones emerge whiles enveloping the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
NEIPs Presidential Business Support Programe, in three years has trained 45,000+ and funded over 9,350 of them. Last year (2020) 26000 SMEs had been trained and 5000 will be funded.
NEIP has funded and train over thousand entrepreneurs disability and also introduced entrepreneurship training in both Senior High Schools and Tertiary institutions across Ghana, known as Students Entrepreneurship Innitiative-SEI where studesnt are taking through entrepreneurship ideas whiles in school to instill in them entrepreneurship mindset before leaving school.
It has the largest greenhouse Estate in West Africa where the youth are trained in greenhouse farming at the Nana Akufo-Addo Innovation centre located at Dawhenya.
Under the skills job programme, NEIP and the Ministry of Finances have trained and funded over 20,000 artizans through faith based organisations in the country.
The programme after it was established by the president has successfully change and develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem with private business incubators and accelerators across the sixteen region of Ghana.
NEIP’s Presidential Pitch is one programme that has supported a number of entrepreneurs with very innovative ideas. Many have had the opportunity to pitch their businesses before the president of Ghana to receive funding, business advisory services and mentoring. The President at all the windows of the presidential pitch donated his one month salary to winners of the programme.
Many are the things NEIP is doing and will be doing to support, grow and help entrepreneurs whiles developing the ecosystem in Ghana.
NEIP community business support has trained a number of entrepreneurs in all the Metropolis, Municipal and District Assemblies across Ghana.
GHANA DIGITAL AND INNOVATIONS WEEK
Under the auspices of the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, and in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Ghana, the Ghana Digital Innovation Week (GDIW) is launched to build momentum and ignite innovative solutions towards a common vision for the country’s development. The goal of the week-long programme from 22 – 26 November 2021, is to mobilise collective action and investment to catalyse growth in Ghana’s innovation ecosystem.
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