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GhanaThink is training 100 social entrepreneurs in 2022 via its Komseko program

GhanaThink is training 100 social entrepreneurs in 2022 via its Komseko program

GhanaThink has opened the call for applications for the Komseko Social Enterprise Training Program! This is being run as part of the Daring To Shift program by Digital Opportunity Trust. This training program will provide strategic and specialist advice, through a hybrid course with attendant support to upcoming Social Entrepreneurs and help them to establish impactful businesses within their communities and beyond. The Komseko Social Enterprise Training Program is looking to train youth working on a social enterprise idea/solution/organization, youth who want to improve their understanding and abilities as social entrepreneurs, youth passionate about solving societal problems, and others looking to engage others in the social enterprise space. GhanaThink’s Director – Ato Ulzen-Appiah – stated: “GhanaThink decided to become a social enterprise in 2013, operating like one at least. We would like to see more young people decide to run social enterprises in order to better sustain social impact work and create wealth for more beneficiaries and others in the impact space”.

The GhanaThink Foundation is a social enterprise that mobilizes and organizes talent for the primary benefit of Ghana. Its vision is to build a critical mass of young patriotic, passionate, positive, proactive, progressive, and productive people in Ghana.  It works in the youth empowerment space and we run mentoring, networking, volunteering, and training programs. GhanaThink’sKomseko trains and supports youth in Ghana in various professional, topical, and sectoral skills. It began in 2017 through a partnership with the Digital Opportunity Trust. Social entrepreneurs and other participant groups are trained in workshops, online courses, etc. They are also mentored. The training is free. The program includes competitive aspects where the top-ranked trainees are awarded prizes and other benefits.

Richmond Anane Elikplim (Komseko program lead) stated: : The enterprise of today, makes money, makes the environment a better place, and improves the lives of people. That enterprise is a SOCIAL ENTERPRISE” He added: “In 2017, we did 20 entrepreneurs, and in 2018, we did 24. This year, we are scaling bigger and looking to do 80 this september. Follow our social media pages to review what we have done in the past. See you in September”. Some of the past trainees include Simeon Martey of Child Dream Foundation, Ivy Barley of Developers in Vogue, Michael Sedinam Tenu of XCel Packs, Fiifi Boahen of Pervita Social Hub, etc.

Cherubim Mawuli Amenyedor was part of the 2017 cohort. His testimonial: Komseko (GYSEP) helped me to validate my idea better because it gave me a lot of visual tools to help me  research so much into the idea. I didn’t think I understood extensive research enough before venturing out. It helped validate the business idea of our position. Later after prototyping and testing, you realise that some of the assumptions you made were not true, so it gave us that real-time life to test. Rudith Wemakor was also part of #GYSEC2017. When asked about #KomsekoImpact, she said: “GYSEP (Komseko) reshaped the whole idea because we had an idea of putting the girls in school but after GYSEP and learning about design thinking, we thought it wise to do extensive research and collect data from the communities which we could use to refine the solutions to the problems.

For this 2022 program, 100+ budding social entrepreneurs would be beneficiaries, with support to create business models. The training (peer-2-peer and facilitated) would be via various courses, delivered virtually for all, and physically for a cross-section. A number of the trainees would receive some prototype funding and possible seed funding towards working on their solutions and organizations. Esperanza Yakubu, a member of the Komseko Program team – mentioned: “Ivy Barley’s social enterprise, Developers in Vogue emerged as the first place winner. Developers in Vogue received tremendous support from Komseko and DOT. To date, they have trained a significant number of women in tech. This Social Enterprise program is committed to train another batch of trailblazers in the social enterprise space”.

The program begins on September 10 and runs through December 2022.  Applications are due by August 31, 2022, at 11:59 GMT. Interested youth between the ages of 18-35 can apply via this link – https://bit.ly/2022KomsekoSEApply

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