Two hundred and fifty-seven young entrepreneurs have received certification from Africa Aurora Business Network (AABN) after successfully completing the Young Executive Business Growth Program (YEBGP).
The program was part of the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) which had the theme “The Role of the Constructpreneurs- Gaining Inspiration from the world around you.”
The graduants comprised seventy-nine (79) young entrepreneurs from Accra, fifty-seven (57) from Tema, Seventy-two (72) from Ashaiman and forty-nine (49) from Takoradi.
As part of the graduation ceremony, graduants were taken on an educational tour to some artistic sites in the capital which included the iconic Black Stars Square and the Children’s Park.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mrs. Maureen Erekua Odoi, Executive Director of AABN admonished graduants to believe in themselves because AABN believes in them.
“We, at the AABN innovation centre , believe in you! We urge you to believe in your self first, so that others will support you. Go in the business world and become a giant in the construction industry. We welcome you back to the AABN innovation centre so that we can continue to guide you as you start and grow your business.” She said.
Guest Speaker, Ms. Constance Swaniker , founder of Accents and Art also entreated the graduants to give off their best while striving to achieve the ultimate in life.
Twenty graduants were selected as finalists to pitch their Business Plans to a Grand Jury. The 20 were Mr. Daniel Wussah, Ms. Dorcas Ansong, Mr. Gabriel Oklu, Mr. Victor Ocansey, Ms. Precious Boateng, Mr. Ransford Asmah, Mr. Augustine Afful, Mr. Bernard Nyumutsu, Ms. Blessing Krakani, Mr. David Borketey, Mr. Clearforce Tetteh, Mr. Richard Dugbatey, Ms. Priscilla Ahenampong,Eli & Eli Enterprise, Ms. Jennifer Abbey, Mr Mannaseh Vadze, Ms Peace Quashie, Ms. Sheila Harding, Mr. Jacob Tetteh and Ms Augustina Adjeibea.
Clearforce Tetteh, whose project was adjudged the best among the finalists, expressed elation at the feat and thanked authorities for acknowledging his hard work.
“I’m happy that my work has been recognised as the best even though I appreciate there were others which were also equally good. I hope to ride on the back of this feat to achieve further heights in life.” Clearforce said.
This year, over 700 young entrepreneurs expressed interest in the YEBGP from Accra, Tema, Ashaiman and Takoradi.
The selection process comprising entrance test, interview and orientation sessions were rigorous to ensure that the processes are equitably applied to all participants.