100 Ghanaian Startups were celebrated and honoured at the Ghana Innovation and Startup Awards held over the weekend at the Accra Digital Centre.
The awards ceremony held on 15th December to crown the 2nd edition of Ghana Startup Week saw top players in Ghana’s startup ecosystem assemble in unity to celebrate the deserving Startups.
Ghana Startup Week (GSW) 2023, held under the theme: “Youthful Startup Innovations; Fuelling Ghana’s Future Prosperity”, was powered by the Association of Ghana Startups in collaboration with National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, Ghana Enterprises Agency, National Youth Authority, Ghana Digital Centres Ltd, Venture Capital Trust Fund, GEC+ Africa 2024, International Trade Centre, Vodafone and other key players in the Startup ecosystem.
GSW aims to promote ecosystem dialogue and knowledge management as important drivers of policy planning and implementation, as well as building capacities and highlighting the promising industrial sectors that attract investment or funding, continental trade, and sustainable growth of our economy to drive the engagement of Startups, SMEs, Youth and Women entrepreneurs.
Having held the Ghana Startup Ecosystem Summit for two days from Wednesday to Thursday, the Awards Night on Friday crowned it all in grand style, celebrating the achievements of Ghana’s youth and Startup ecosystem players.
As part of his welcome address, Solomon Adjei, President of the Association of Ghana Startups congratulated the nominees and admonished them to be proud of having been selected to be part of the best 100 startups in Ghana and not to worry much about just winning the ultimate plaque. He encouraged them to let their nomination work for them by publicising it and adding it to their portfolios, which will in turn bring them deals as it bestows public and stakeholder confidence in their brands.
The Director of Innovations at the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI), Mr. Nashiru Salifu, assured the Startups of the Ministry’s commitment to supporting them to scale beyond borders.
All 100 nominees received beautifully designed Certificates of Honor while 25 top winners including Kani Mani of Origgin, Male Founder of the Year and Deborah Abena Boatemaa of Innovisionak30 Ventures, Female Founder of the year received a plaque in addition.
Below is a list of the 25 Startups who were crowned on the night in their various sectors:
1.AGRITECH INNOVATION STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Emmanuel Twene – QET Organic Farms & Consult
2.FASHION & BEAUTY STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Christabel Ofori – FlocareBeauty
3.FINTECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Ebenezer Ghanney – Wewire Africa
4.INSURETECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Festus Amoyaw – FigTech Ltd
5.ECOMMERCE OR RETAIL TECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Frank Nana Addae – Shopa
6.GREEN / SUSTAINABILITY STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Kelvin Nana Dadzie – Naspa Auto Services Ltd
7.TOURISM & LEISURE STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Vidette Adjorlolo – Sorted Chale
8.EDUTECH / EDTECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Prince Boateng Asare – Stemaide
9.SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Aseidu Asante – DANi Hydro Drill
10.STARTUP SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Yayah Sarkodie – Baobab Entrepreneurship
11.TRANSPORT / MOBILITY STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Valerie Larbi – Wahu Mobility
12.MALE FOUNDER OF THE YEAR
Kane Mani – Origgin
13.FEMALE FOUNDER OF THE YEAR
Deborah Abena Boateemaa – Innovisionak 30 Ventures
14.INNOVATION HUB / ACCELERATOR OF THE YEAR
Kobina Adomadzi Longdon – Techfarm Hub
15.CAMPUS BASED HUB OF THE YEAR
16.ANIMATION/GAMING STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Caleb Edem Mantey – Relu Interactives
17.MANUFACTURING STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Esther Naa Achaawa Quacoopome – Stidolf Enterprises
18.ENGINEERING STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Opoku Agyeman Fredrick – Syntropy Engineering Solution
19.MALE RISING STAR STARTUP OF THE YEAR 1
Samuel Brooksworth – Remoteli
20.MALE RISING STAR STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2
Simon Gati – Feds Global Energy
21.EMERGING FINTECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Tracey Abiola – OA Pay
22.FEMALE RISING STAR OF THE YEAR 1
Sheila Ankrah – Bespoke Catering
23.FEMALE RISING STAR OF THE YEAR 2
Vivian Likiteenkoa Moiko
24.CREATIVE STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Delasie Dogbey – LWR Organization
25.GLOBAL STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Andrew Takyi-Appiah – Zeepay