The maiden edition of the Lady Founders Forum held on Thursday, 10th March, in commemorating International Women’s Day 2022 has promised to support and equip female entrepreneurs to trade beyond the borders of Ghana.
Speaking at the virtual forum, Solomon Adjei, the Executive Director of Ghana Startup Network, organizers of the Forum stated that his outfit is poised to mobilize female founders, seek to understand their unique challenges, and offer them strategic assistance via their local and global partners.
The Lady Founders Forum was held under the theme; breaking the bias to support female entrepreneurs for global trade, and Solomon said it is time stakeholders pay attention to the unique challenges women entrepreneurs face, and support them on that score, in order to scale up their businesses, in creating decent works for themselves and dependents.
On her part, the Marketing Head of Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA); Mrs. Agnes Gifty Adjei-Sam congratulated the ladies for their resilience as job creators despite the many societal vices and issues they face. She enlisted GEPA’s programs and commitment to supporting their businesses to trade on continental markets, leveraging on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), among others. Gifty affirmed her outfit’s commitment to partner institutions such as the Ghana Startup Network to run investor readiness programs among others to equip and connect them to global markets.
The Lead for Ghana Tech Lab’s Women in Tech program; Belinda Darkwa also admonished the lady founders to stay connected and active in their networking circles.
She asked the ladies to position themselves well in order to benefit from the many initiatives her outfit has to offer. She encouraged them to get proper documentation, including business registrations, business plans, strategic plans, pitch decks, among others which will give investors confidence in them.
Wrapping up, a rep from UNDP Ghana, Sylvia Senu congratulated the Ghana Startup Network for mobilizing the female entrepreneurs and assured UNDP’s readiness to collaborate to run support programs for the ladies to shape their ability to compete globally