The UPSA Enterprise and Innovation Centre (UEIC)is making it possible for graduates to spend their one-year National Service period working on their business ideas, while getting paid to work for themselves.
On the 19th of May, Seven (7) of the Fourteen (14) personnel had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the Advisory Board of the UPSA Enterprise and Innovation Centre (UEIC) and other potential investors to receive coaching, mentoring, pre-seed funding, and other incentives. The pitch event was chaired by Hon. Joe Ghartey, former Minister of Railways Development and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Essikado-Ketan Constituency. Other Members of the Board, Partners and Staff present were; Mr. Oxford Osei Bonsu; Project Director of NSS, Dr. Fidelis Quansah; Dean of Faculty of Management Studies, Professor Raymond Dziwornu; Dean of Faculty of Accounting and Finance, Dr. Joseph Gerald Nyanyofio; Secretary to the Advisory Board, Mr. Richard Osei-Owusu; CEO of Realtech Consult, Mr. Nelson Amo; CEO Innohub, Dr. Kate Quartey-Papafio; Chairperson of Reroy Cables Ltd. and Mr. Obed Opoku Twum, Administrator of UEIC.
The Centre is currently supporting 14 businesses to help create jobs to resolve the unemployment challenges in Ghana. The businesses are run by the following National Service Personnel;
- Teiman Shadrack – Printacme
- Ofori Nana Emmanuel – The Green Generation
- Lord Frimpong – Lord Transport and Logistics (LTL)
- Samuel Amfo – Cassayoca Gh
- Agbodeka Caleb – Momech Auto Plus
- Zainab Sulaiman – Norizona Limited
- Ofosu Ohenewaa Mary – Trust Adepa
- Mensah Kwaku Edem – KenkeyMann
- Mavis Asare – May’s Snacks
- Edward Asirifi – Bolamall
- Esther Narh – Kakiva
- Francis Ackah Tandoh – Vuuchy
- Kabutey Theophilus – Feed Foods
- Sarah Dzitor – Lily Couture
At the programme, Hon. Joe Ghartey stated that innovation and entrepreneurship could potentially transform Ghana’s economy for the better.
He commended the Enterprise and Innovation Centre of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UEIC), which he believes has the potential to contribute significantly to Ghana’s economic transformation.
The UPSA Enterprise and Innovation Centre, according to the veteran Member of Parliament (MP) for Essikado-Ketan Constituency, “…is a model that can transform the nation and the youth into job creators rather than job seekers.”
UPSA is known to be a Centre Of Excellence and one of the fastest-growing Business Schools in Africa, with an enduring commitment to producing top entrepreneurs who will create more jobs to reduce the burden of unemployment on the government. The world needs problem solvers to create a better future; that is what the UEIC hopes to achieve.