Ashesi University, one of Africa’s leading liberal arts colleges, is assisting homegrown initiatives to drive entrepreneurial growth in Ghana. Dubbed “Entreprevolution” and started by 2014 alumni, Leonard Annan, the accelerator program aims at reducing graduate unemployment in the country
Entreprevolution is an entrepreneurial revolution that uses a bottom-up approach to encourage the creation of more start-ups contrary to government’s top-down approach that attempts to achieve it.
The mother accelerator organization “Entreprevolution Foundation” was born out of Mr Annan’s ‘Adesua Ye Literacy Foundation’ that he conceived in his first year at Ashesi University. He was however convicted there was a more efficient way of tackling unemployment in Ghana when he made his first employment of two University graduates.
According to him, if young people could get the handholding they need in starting up business, they could create entrepreneurial ventures so as to employ themselves and their colleagues as well.
The accelerator provides a platform to engage individuals with entrepreneurial skills and qualities across various universities in the country, provide training on a lean methodology for starting business ventures and facilitate access to resources such as coaches, mentors and investors to launch and get the ventures on good standing.
The traction workshops with Entreprevolution have seen overwhelming youth participation and support from Ashesi University with several teams signing up to the program.
The University of Ghana and Radford University are the next to experience the revolution before the end of the semester.
The Entreprevolution Foundation is expected to replicate the program on various university campuses across the country and looks forward to forging new partnership to expand its impact among the teeming youth pregnant with viable business ideas.
For more information please visit: www.ashesi.edu.gh