The maiden edition of the FEM-START Start-up Awards has been held in Accra with a call on young women in Ghana to endeavour to venture into entrepreneurship.
Addressing business women during the ceremony, the founder of FEM-START Africa, Marian Spier, said the rationale behind the initiative is to stimulate women entrepreneurship in Ghana to attract more women to grow their businesses.
She said the organisation offers African women the opportunity to turn their dreams and ideas into successful companies.
Director of Intelligent Capital and co-founder of FEM-START Africa, Leticia Browne, said the organisation provides communication and confidence training as well as access to capital and essential business tools needed for startups to survive and grow.
Out of over 60 applications reviewed for the award, 10 were selected for the first round, and subsequently three finalists were chosen to pitch their ideas to a group of investors, entrepreneurs and a delegation from the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Accra.
Priscilla Amaabea Adams of N&A Organics emerged overall winner for the ultimate prize, which includes a round trip and stay in the Netherlands, executive coaching for 6 months, as well as the opportunity to present her business to some reputable Dutch investors and corporations.
About FEM-START Africa
FEM-START Africa is an intentionally inclusive programme that seeks to empower women entrepreneurs by supporting women-led startups which focus on technology and social impact.
The FEM-START Startup Award for women entrepreneurs offers promising startups the opportunity to pitch their businesses in front of a jury of experts for the opportunity to receive expert advice from professionals for 6 months, as well as meet a myriad of potential investors during a sponsored business trip to the Netherlands.