New Economy Booster: Acceleration ventures exchange ideas with Entrepreneur-in-Residence Derrydean Dadzie
11 March 2021 - Sandister

Top ventures of the booster program engage renowned entrepreneur

Ventures accepted into the New Economy Booster Acceleration track, spent time engaging the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) Derrydean Dadzie on Friday, 5 of March at Impact Hub Accra.

At the forum, the ventures, many of whom are less than 3 years old or just formed, discussed real-life problems entrepreneurs face as case studies, with guidance from Dadzie, CEO of DreamOval a fintech company, and also Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Technology.

The ventures also networked among themselves.

The EiR add-on to the New Economy Booster is designed to bring a resource person who has experience building a company and has extensive knowledge of the ecosystem to point ventures in the right direction.

Additionally, the EiR works with the ventures to look at specific aspects, including their revenue models and profitable partnerships.

According to the COO of Impact Hub Accra, Kelechi Ofoegbu, engaging with an Entrepreneur-in-Residence helps the entrepreneurs to build creative confidence.

“You need many people attempting to solve problems and innovating for there to be lasting change. These problem solvers can be the most uncertain people on the planet, but they take their ideas and try to solve problems regardless. They need to be energized. They need a great deal of confidence for this. That confidence needs to be reinforced regularly. That is the goal for this New Economy Booster forum with an EiR,” Ofoegbu says.

Impact Hub and partners launched the New Economy Booster in September 2020 as a social enterprise program that seeks to support advanced and early-stage ventures, startups, non-profit organizations, and initiatives focused on solving Covid-19 related socio-economic problems in Ghana.

The identified industry focus sectors are Agriculture, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education, Tourism, and Hospitality.

Over 200 ventures applied; 50 progressed into Incubation while 15 progressed into Acceleration.