THE 2014 ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT
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Introducing, the 2014 Entrepreneur Spotlight Honorees and Nominees! We're particularly excited about this year's pool; they represent a fifth of entrepreneurs and brands nominated by you. More importantly, each honoree and nominee embodies some aspect of local innovation geared at socio-economic impact in Ghana and beyond. We invite you to join us in celebrating them.
2014 Spotlight WINNER
FitVolution - Bernice Antwi: FitVolution with Maabena became my full-time career when I began working with multi-television in 2011. We’re committed to creating not just a fitness brand, but rather a holistic wellness and lifestyle brand. It’s not just about being physically active or healthy; it’s more about creating a personalized wellness and healthy lifestyle routine for our clientele. We are interested in making people much healthier, using well-established training methods as well as evidence-based sports science to help achieve the goals we set with our patrons. Read full profile.
Farmerline - Alloysius Attah & Emmanuel Owusu Addai: Farmerline is a technology and content company that builds supply chain and value chain solutions targeting rural farmers in Africa. We use mobile technology to link smallholder farmers to markets, finance, weather forecast, new farming tips, inputs dealers and equipment services in their local languages. Since Feb. 2012 Farmerline has successfully improved information access, yields and income for over 4,000 small-scale farmers in rural Ghana. Read full profile.
iSpace Foundation - Fiifi Baidoo: The iSpace Foundation is a co-working tech hub for startups, innovators, social entrepreneurs, creators, developers, technologists, designers and change makers in Accra, Ghana. Founded in 2013, iSpace fills an incredible gap in the ecosystem by providing an open environment where community, talent, management, entrepreneurship, business mentorship and research meet to join forces and innovate, while facilitating the connection of great minds, ideas and talent. Read full profile.
Girls Educ. Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) - Elizabeth Patterson: The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) is a registered and incorporated non-governmental, non-profit organization officially founded on January 9, 2014. Founder and executive director Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson unofficially founded GEIG in 2007 following a visit and 10 month volunteering tenure. Read full profile.
A A K S - Akosua Afriyie-Kumi: A A K S is a bespoke range of handcrafted bags in ritzy color spectrum of brights. It was founded with the goal of introducing the world to my favorite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Handcrafted in Bolgatanga, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts. Read full profile.
2014 Spotlight Nominees
MoringaConnect - Kwami Williams
MoringaConnect is a social venture, established in Aug. 2013 in Ghana, connecting smallholder farmers to the global market for their Moringa produce. We work with farmers across 7 regions in Ghana to produce True Moringa, a brand of Moringa oil based cosmetic products full of the nutrients and anti-oxidants we need to best care for our body. Read full profile.
Adventure Junkies - Kofi Ampomah
Adventure Junkies is an innovative concept established in January 2012 to promote an alternate entertainment experience to Ghanaians through domestic tourism. Adventure Junkies has since organized 24 domestic tours to various destinations across Ghana and our first trip outside Ghana will be in December 2014 to Lome in Togo. With a growing reputation, clients began asking for other services and as such our services now include honeymoons, corporate retreats, family tours, car rentals and holiday rental services. Read full profile.
AADAT - Sharon Obuobi
Raffia - Madona Kendona-Sowah
African & Afro-Diasporan Art Talks (AADAT) is a vibrant, contemporary art conversational platform for African and Afro-Diasporan cultural arts. Founded in June 2013, with a live chat on “The New African Photography”, AADAT has consistently provided engaging content with articles and live conversation through social media. We believe that art is a universal and powerful channel of communication. Read full profile.
Peini - Yaw Poku
Raffia is a Ghanaian fashion social enterprise that was founded in December 2013. We use traditionally hand-woven cotton textiles (batakari) sourced directly from Ghana’s Northern and Upper Regions to make modern, elegant apparel. We work with women and young entrepreneurs from the textiles stage to the garment production and retail stages. Read full profile.
Peini was launched in January 2010 and means “gift” in Dagbani. We are devoted to adding value to indigenous tropical oils and fats, including essential oil extracts such as neem, eucalyptus, citrus lime and lemon and lemon grass. Our focus is on shea butter from the northern regions of Ghana; palm kernel, crude palm oil and cocoa butter from the middle belt regions; as well as coconut oil from the western and coastal regions. The essential oils and fats industry supports and employs thousands, especially women, in the Northern, Ashanti, Western and Central Regions of the country. Read full profile.
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