As part of JA Ghana’s synergetic efforts to empower young people to own their economic futures through entrepreneurship, it partnered with Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty to host the maiden edition of the Compassion Entrepreneurship Program. JA Ghana and Compassion International co-convened 50 young promising students with an interest for entrepreneurship, to be exposed and equipped with the knowledge, technical know-how and grit to start, manage and run their own businesses. This was a week-long residential program held from May 17-21, 2021, at the Jericho Prayer and Retreat Center.
During this weeklong bootcamp, participants were taken through series of thorough sessions on idea development, pitching, team formation, business model canvas, marketing, customer need and solution, USP etc. On the fifth and final day, teams formed at the beginning of program pitched their ideas to mentors and judges. Team AgroTrendz won the best pitch with a snail-rearing business, whose byproducts would be processed into skincare products. The team impressed the panel with samples of their finished products and carried the day!
The finale of the bootcamp culminated in an awards dinner where winning teams and runners up were beautifully awarded while mentors, coordinators and other promising and outstandingly engaging students were equally recognized and awarded.
As an organization, we pride ourselves in mining and incubating wealths of potential and sustainable innovation driven by young Ghanaians who would otherwise be goaded into the conventionality of seeking to be employed, and worse- but common-case scenario, adding to the stats of youth unemployment.