MEST Judges ASK Entrepreneur Competition at Legon

Thea Sokolowski | Monday, July 31st, 2017

For anyone looking to see what the future of Ghana holds, the 2nd annual Always Seek Knowledge (ASK) + Royalhouse Chapel International Entrepreneurship Competition and Movers & Shakers Youth Conference held on Saturday, 29th July, painted a vivid picture.

The energy of Ghana’s youth blew the roof off a massive tent pitched on the University of Ghana, Legon campus as thousands gathered to learn, celebrate the ambitions of tomorrow’s leaders and hear from those that are already taking their first foray into building a business.

After much jubilation, worship and inspiring presentations, the participants in this year’s pitch competition took the stage. Thea Sokolowski of MEST sat on the jury panel, along with:

The ideas pitched covered a range of industries, from snail and poultry production, to a digitized health record solution and an artistic approach at tackling issues with cracked flooring, all competing for a chance at 15,000 cedis in funding from Royalhouse Chapel.

We saw a focus on the health industry, with Med Global pitching a tech-driven solution to paper-based medical records, and science graduates from the University of Cape Coast pitching Dream Laboratory Consult, a mobile medical screening service targeted toward schools and places of worship that aims to tackle difficulties accessing quality diagnostic care across the country.

Meanwhile, House of Yoko energetically brought the pitches to a close with a live model and illustration of a plan to take Ghana’s fashion scene by storm.

It was inspiring to see the youth of Ghana increasingly gaining interest in starting their own businesses. We encourage all attendees of the Movers & Shakers Conference to consider applying to MEST, to build on the skills they need to create a successful business and gain access to resources in funding, mentorship and support. Visit meltwater.org to learn more.