Accra, Feb. 21, GNA – Mr John Kumah, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan, will deliver a keynote address at the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana, Legon Chapter’s breakfast seminar on February 28.
The event seeks to draw the attention of stakeholders to the promotion of entrepreneurship, which has been recognized as an important strategy that can leverage the energy of individuals and the civil society to expand the creation and supply of jobs.
A statement issued in Accra by the President, Mr Rock Ashley, Graduate Students Association of Ghana-University of Ghana, Legon Chapter said it has been observed that, many graduates with business ideas find it difficult to succeed in their quest to start and grow their businesses.
“Hence, the need for such encounter with industry players, and policy makers among others to help start-ups find their grounds, expand and create the quantum of employment required to enhance livelihood of the Ghanaian, as well as boost the economy, “he added.
He said according to preliminary findings from a field research study by the Boston Consulting Group, in several African countries, only one job exists for every six to seven potential applicants.
He said there was an urgent need to encourage more business start-ups and more entrepreneurs.
He said the University of Miami, Florida’s Launch Pad Programme emphasised business plan assessment and mentoring/networking components for students, who were potential new business starters.
“Additionally, Ontario’s Conrad Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, combines business skills training with exposure to mentors who have practical business experience and connections, and who can help students learn how to see and evaluate opportunities, develop business plans, and engage potential funders, partners and customers,” he added.
He said with the expertise of the panel, “we therefore hope to use this opportunity to orient graduates and launch them on the pedestal of successful entrepreneurship.”