The Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) on Thursday held its third Cohort Ceremony to formally introduce 10 entrepreneurs with innovative ideas at the Ashesi University Campus.
GCIC is an organization funded by a grant from the Governments of Denmark and The Netherlands, through the World Bank, and managed by a consortium comprising Ashesi University College, Ernst and Young, SNV Ghana and the United Nations University.
The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) is also a pioneering business incubator with a unique focus of developing SME ventures and entrepreneurs in Ghana’s Green Economy.
At the cohort, the executive director for GCIC, Rukaya Sanusi, urged the entrepreneurs to justify their inclusion in the session by putting out their innovative ideas.
“We develop and support an exceptional set of transformational ventures and entrepreneurs who are pioneering adaptive and mitigating solutions for climate change issues in Ghana, with policy advocacy and value additional services”.
“Ensure you are fit for purpose and come into contact with established business people with great innovative ideas”, she reiterated.
The ten entrepreneurs inducted are, Mariama Iddrisu, Linda Lariba Atibilla, Samlara Baah, Peter Kweku Anowie, Joseph Sowatey Komey, Charles Tellier, Mark Yeboah- Agyepong, Alhaj Issahaku Mahama and Lovans Owusu- Takyi
In an exclusive interview, Mark Yeboah- Agyepong of TriMark Aquaculure Centre entreated his colleagues to be passionate about the environment because, according to him, the environment plays a key role in the lives of humanity.
“I seek to address two main national issues. The first has gotten to do with the breaking down of waste treatment plants in Ghana. More than 90% of waste water treatment plants are broken down and our target aims at addressing that. Again, the issue of waste water discharge into the environment is critical because less than 1% of it is being treated. Based on our business model, we reuse the waste water to produce fish. We will inject the revenue generated back into the maintenance of the treatment plan and we are in strong collaboration with the Kumasi metropolitan assembly”, he said.
For his part, Ahuma Adodoaji, Marketing Manager of GCIC, encouraged all and sundry to partner with GCIC in order to grow their business ideas.
The entrepreneurs were each given a plant (called Mimusops Elengi) to help them grow more business ideas.