Twelve Ghanaian entrepreneurs in climate change adaptation and mitigation businesses have graduated from the maiden Mowgli mentorship programme.
The programme, done in collaboration with the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC), is to enable the green entrepreneurs to increase competitiveness and participate in global innovations.
The entrepreneurs were matched with 12 volunteer mentors who took them through six months intensive training on how to develop their businesses into a profitable venture.
Funded by a grant from the Governments of Denmark and The Netherlands through the World Bank, and managed by a consortium comprising Ashesi University College, Ernst and Young, SNV Ghana and the United Nations University, the GCIC is a pioneering business incubator with a unique focus of developing SME ventures and entrepreneurs in Ghana’s ‘Green Economy’.
GCIC supports private business ventures involved in climate change adaptation and mitigation and focuses on five key economic sectors (energy efficiency and renewable energy; solar power; climate smart agriculture; waste management; waste purification and management)
In a speech read on her behalf, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mowgli Mentoring, Madam Kathleen Bury, congratulated the mentees for their dedication to the programme.
She revealed that after the training, most of them had created new jobs, reducing the employment situation in Ghana.
The Mowgli Mentoring CEO was elated that the mentees were ready to mentor others who did not have the opportunity to be part of the programme.
Madam Bury commended the mentors for dedicating their time and resources to pass on knowledge to the green entrepreneurs.
Mowgli Mentoring is a not-for-profit organisation driving inclusive economic and social change in the Middle East and Africa.
Mentoring is a vital and cost-effective means of supporting sustainable development. Mentoring is an essential component of human capital development.
It provides a supportive framework within which entrepreneurs, corporate employees, women and youth can set and achieve their goals. — GB