UK empowers young entrepreneurs

TechnoServe’s maiden Enhancing Development of Ghanaian Entrepreneurs stakeholder conference, that predominantly featured indige-nous young entrepreneurs, has ended with the moguls com-mitting to build robust partnerships to elicit support towards enhanced business expansion and growth.  

“The event ended with a networking session to allow entrepreneurs to establish connections with supporting organisations, industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, business development service providers and seasoned experts,” Mr Samuel Baba Alogo, ENGINE (Enhancing Growth In New Enterprises) Programme Director told journalists.

The young industrialists developed a roadmap designed to boost local entrepreneurship and affirmed their commitment to form real partnerships and alliances that would allow intermediaries to support entrepreneurs more cohesively and to strengthen existing networks of business persons. 

Entrepreneurs and ecosystem players gathered at the two-day stakeholder conference dubbed: “Enhancing Development of Ghanaian Entrepreneurs Stakeholder Conference (EDGE Con)”, to ponder over solutions to problems confronting growth of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in the country.

The panel discussed opportunities for scaling up businesses, including vital role of networks for expanding businesses, access to finance, developing entrepreneurial skills, using data to guide investment decisions and improving regulatory environment for doing business.

The conference created the platform for stakeholders in entrepreneurship ecosystem to mull ways of harmonising their efforts in creating sustainable and comprehensive solutions to barriers faced by micro and small enterprises.

EDGE Con is a new initiative of the ENGINE programme, a multiyear entrepreneurship development agenda implemented by TechnoServe, with funding from UK’s Department for International Development.

ENGINE is a four-and-half-year project implemented by TechnoServe with funding from the UK government seeking to equip MSEs with the necessary skills and resources to improve their business plans and internal operations.

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