TechnoServe, a U .S. based non profit organization, with support from Google.org, Tigo and Ecobank has awarded over GH¢80, 000 to some individuals, who emerged in the top ten of 'Believe Begin Become' (BBB) national business plan competition.
Believe Begin Become 2010 graduation and Awards ceremony was held in Accra last Thursday, under the theme -"Developing Entrepreneurship in Ghana". The BBB is a national business plan competition and entrepreneurship development program, which focuses on generating sustainable enterprises that generate employment and ultimately to boost Ghana's economic and social development.
Mrs. Mabel-Ann Akoto-Kwudzo, the owner of Mabel's Okata Farms which grows Organic food crops in an ecology sustainable environment, processes the harvested produce, and package the products for the domestic and international markets emerged as the winner.
The guest of honour, Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. Fiifi Kwetey thanked the BBB for assisting entrepreneurs to expand their jobs and that the government is going to support the programme to assume a national character.
He added that, it will serve as a platform for the youth to be creative and also self employed, adding "it is time Ghana start thinking global in order to stand out with Asian giants like Malaysia and Singapore." He therefore congratulated the young participants for developing ideas which will serve as an employment to others.
The country Director of TechnoServe, Mr. Nick Railston-Brown stated that TechnoServe programme BBB helps entrepreneurial activities in developing countries to build businesses that provide jobs, income and economic opportunity.
He indicated that although the programme is designed, managed implemented by Technoserve, and it is also supported by an Advisory Board of top tier professionals.
Mr. Nick Railston-Brown stated that since 1968, it helped to create and have improve more than 1,200 businesses, benefiting more than 3 million people in 22 countries.