MBC Africa Holds Its Maiden Start- Up Investor Conference

20-10-2017

MBC Africa Holds Its Maiden Start- Up Investor Conference

19th September 2017, Accra - Mobile Business Clinic (MBC) Africa, in collaboration with the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ghana, Ron Strikker, hosted its maiden Start-Up Investor Conference on Thursday, 19th October 2017, at Swiss Spirit (Alisa Hotel) in Accra.

The one- day conference under the theme: “The Government’s role in building the right ecosystem for start-ups and early stage businesses in Ghana”, brought together startups/SMEs, (impact) investors, business partners, and government policymakers under one roof to dialogue and find solutions to support the ecosystem as well as networking. The main objective of the conference was to help entrepreneurs to secure investments for their businesses and to generate deal flow for investors. Alongside, the conference engaged policymakers, entrepreneurs and investors in discussions on how the startup and business climate, in particular access to finance for early stage startups in Ghana can be improved further.

Speaking about the conference, the Executive Director of MBC Africa, Tenemba Anna Samake said, “although the ecosystem in Ghana is made up of an increasing number of accelerators and incubators, investors are still having difficulties in finding good pipeline deals. “At MBC Africa, we want to facilitate the communication between all stakeholders in the ecosystem, including the Government, to build sustainable models for start-up and early stage businesses. The Start-up Investor Conference will play a key role in contributing to build the appropriate environment for that needed communication and solutions in the ecosystem”, Anna reiterated.

In attendance were high profile government officials, including the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Ahomka-Lindsay, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ghana, Ron Strikker, Shola Safo-Duodu- Director of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) who also chaired the conference, Mr. Samuel Waterberg from People’s Pension Trust and a representative of the Ministry for Business Development among others.

In total, 11 young entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to investors. Their businesses cut across the Agriculture, Science and Technology, Food Processing, and Fashion industries. The top three businesses were Charis Gold (Juice Processing company), Groital (Pineapple Farms) and Dext Technologies (Science Set producing company). At the end of the day and after going through critical assessment from a jury, GROITAL was adjudged the best business investor pitch.

 

ABOUT MBC AFRICA

MBC Africa provides an enabling environment for agribusinesses in Africa by integrating the business services they need to grow onto one single platform. MBC Africa’s role is to identify, nurture and develop a critical mass of viable growth-oriented agribusinesses as a pipeline for sustainable and impactful investment in selected African economies. MBC Africa has footprint in 2 West African Countries namely Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

For more information, contact Ramatu Sulemana on 0303967033

Email: info@mbcafrica.org Website: www.mbcafrica.org

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