By Albert Allotey, GNA
Accra, Aug. 14,
GNA – Young Ghanaian entrepreneurs in Agribusiness, venture capitalists,
farmers and corporate executives have been called upon to take advantage of the
Impulse Acceleration Programme to propel their businesses.
The Impulse is
a 12-week acceleration programme dedicated to innovative start-ups in the
fields of Agritech, BioTech, Mining Tech and Materials Science and Nano
Engineering and helps entrepreneurs to take their start-ups to the next level.
was designed by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UMVIP) together with
MassChallenge, a global accelerator organisation with support from the OCP
Group and its subsidiary OCP Africa to sustain their ambitious innovation
agenda in the fields of agritech, biotech, mining tech and materials science
Alaoui Soulimani, the Impulse Programme Director made the call when he
addressed entrepreneurs at an information session organised by the UMVIP in
“Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is proud to have created, together with
MassChallenge and OCP group, a unique and outstanding value proposition for
start-ups working on African challenges.
“We are also pleased
to be able to empower our own youth and entrepreneurs to invent our own future,
respecting our identities and following our own models of development.”
said the Impulse team was delighted to be able to present and discuss the
programme offering with representatives from the Ghanaian start up ecosystem,
adding; “We look forward to receiving applications from Ghanaian entrepreneurs
to our programme.”
Akosa, an Executive Director of the National Food and Agricultural Show advised
the youth in Agribusiness to focus on a particular niche and perfect it in
order to be successful.
She noted that
women in Agritech would benefit a lot when they were supported by organisations
like OCP Africa and encouraged start-ups to take advantage of the Impulse
programme to grow their businesses.
Ady Wiad, the Director of Women in Agriculture at the Ministry of Food and
Agriculture (MoFA) said the government through other private organisations have
trained women in tractor operation and 60 of them would be graduating soon.
collaborated with OCP Africa on a number of projects for smallholder farmers.
Impulse is an innovative project, which will change the Agribusiness landscape
in Ghana and the Ministry will once again support this brilliant innovative
initiative to succeed in Ghana,” she said.
Akpaloo, a farmer and a tractor operator in the Volta Region said the
initiative had helped her to increase her farm yields and revenue, adding that;
“When I took over the management of my parents’ farm, I adopted an innovation
which helps me identify pest and diseases and reduce them, which resulted in
the increase of the farm yields.”