Govt committed to supporting technology start-ups – Prof Frimpong Boateng

Professor  Frimpong Boateng(second from left) with the delegation from Dext Technologies paid visit on him

Professor Frimpong Boateng(second from left) with the delegation from Dext Technologies paid visit on him

The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has reiterated government’s commitment to provide support to technology start-ups to enable them upscale and promote programmes aimed at enhancing education and industrialisation.

Sector Minister, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, said, as government focused on implementing relevant policies and programmes for socio-economic growth, sustainable start-ups, which could propel job creation and improve livelihoods, would be given both the required technical and financial support.

He was speaking yesterday in Accra when Dext Technologies, a Ghanaian start-up technology company, called on him to present the African Union (AU) Most Innovative Education Solution in Africa Award it won in Senegal for it Science Set product earlier this month.

The Science Set is a set of tools designed to enable students in basic schools carry out scientific experiments either at school or home without using science laboratories, but for the same result.

Among other awards it has won since its development included the Royal Academy of Engineering as Top African Innovation, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (Innovation Show Award) and the Ghana Institute of Engineers Awards 2016.

Prof. Boateng stated that the Science Set was in line with the government’s strategies to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country, adding that the product would enable the students to practicalise the theories taught at school.

He said the ministry was in discussions with the Ministry of Education to work out how students across the country, mostly in rural communities, could have access to the Science Sets to help their studies and urged corporate organisations, old students associations and groups to procure the products to support the students.

Mr Charles Ofori Antipem of Dext Technologies, said the Science Set which has 40 tools, was a syllabus compliant, portable and scalable science laboratory that could inform the students on energy, light, magnetism, engineering among others.

He said the company was mentored and supported at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, and was receiving support from MESTI with its patent application.

Currently, he said the company has the capacity to produce 10,000 pieces per month and was in line to upscale production in the future, adding that more than 11,000 students in Ghana, Nigeria and other parts of the continent have had access to the Science Set for their practical studies.

By Claude Nyarko Adams

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