Junior Achievement Ghana hosts the National Business Pitch Competition

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Junior Achievement Ghana hosts the National Business Pitch Competition
Junior Achievement Ghana hosts the National Business Pitch Competition

GhanaNaija| August 22| Junior Achievement Ghana hosts the National Business Pitch Competition

Junior Achievement (JA) Ghana at a launch ceremony in Accra, on August 22, 2022, announced that it will be hosting the 2022 National Business Pitch Competition on the 15th and 16th of September at the Academic City University College in Accra.

The National Business Pitch Competition is Ghana’s version of JA Worldwide’s internationally acclaimed Company of the Year Competition.

The annual event allows high school students to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment whilst engaging businesses, education, and policy leaders as well as the media.

Over 150 students, chaperones, judges, partners, and other stakeholders are expected to attend this year’s event, themed “Fuelling Changemakers” in a bid a become a catalyst for young people to discover Africa’s greatest challenges and develop solutions.

Students will present innovative business ideas in the areas of Agribusiness, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Climate Change & Renewable Energy, and Health Technology.

The Competition is the climax for high school students who benefit from the impact of the JA Company Program® which is an entrepreneurship education curriculum that teaches students how to start and run their own businesses.

JA is passionate about teaching youth entrepreneurship as an avenue for job creation since the formal sector is unable to accommodate the employment demands of the growing youth population.

The Company Program has introduced business management skills to thousands of secondary school students in JA’s 43 years of operations in Africa.

Participating Schools

The Ghana competition will bring together students from 16 Senior High Schools across the country: St. Augustines College, Achimota School, Aburi Girls SHS, Bolgatanga SHS, St. Francis Girls SHS, Peki SHS, Northern Business School – Tamale,

Accra Academy, Presbyterian Boys SHS – Legon, Tarkwa SHS, Archbishop Porter Girls SHS, Efutu SHS, Ghana SHS – Koforidua, Serwaa Kesse SHS, Adukrom Presbyterian SHS, and Keta SHS.

Activities

Over the two-day competition, the competing teams will pitch business solutions to a panel of judges to demonstrate their understanding of business concepts and explain how and why their businesses performed as they did.

Judges will be looking at the current performance and future potential of these businesses, as well as the personal development of the team members.

Awards

The winners of the competition will take home a GHS 10,000 cash prize and awards from sponsors.

The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to represent Ghana at the 2022 JA Africa Company of the Year Competition which will be held from December 7th to 9th in Lagos, Nigeria where they will compete against students from 12 other African countries for cash prizes, awards, and a ticket to compete on the world stage.

Executive Director’s Message

Abeiku Greene, the Executive Director of JA Ghana said “Harnessing the potential of Ghana’s youth through entrepreneurship education has immense benefits for the country by creating jobs and promoting economic growth.

Having the experience of running their own businesses gives these budding entrepreneurs the confidence to take on the challenges and opportunities that entrepreneurship brings and emancipate them from being job seekers to job creators.”

This year’s competition is being supported by Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, the Tomorrow Foundation, Gold Fields Ghana, Academic City College, Primetime Limited (producers of the National Science and Maths Quiz), and Peter Gbedemah.

About JA Ghana

JA Ghana is a member of JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest and most impactful youth-serving NGOs.

The Charity delivers hands-on immersive learning in work readiness, financial health, entrepreneurship, sustainability, STEM, economics, citizenship, ethics, and more.

Each year, JA Ghana engages over 10,000 students across Ghana. Learn more at www.jaghana.org

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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