Let’s be honest: How many times have you found yourself anxiously looking for the nearest exit at one of these tired events?
That’s why we are not only delighted but also ecstatic, to create an event that offers you real value for money. Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana is a power-packed event that will bring renowned entrepreneurs together for thought leadership on how to build and grow sustainable businesses.
As you learn how to create a real company and build a career, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, startup entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, diplomats, and community leaders who are ready to help you get started. This is where you belong — save your seat today!
Participate in multiple high-level, experiential events curated to serve the needs of different kinds of audience.
Participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions and learn the tricks and best practices of smart entrepreneurs and corporate executives.
This is a gathering of the best and brightest in Ghana’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Expand your social capital while having a good time.
Get actionable expert insights into the following subjects: business development, technology, growth hacking, financing, entrepreneurship.
Tony Robbins said that success depends more on psychology than strategy. Experience mind-bending programs that help you unleash your greatness.
Locate investors, participate in Young Money enterprise pitch competition and win amazing prizes. This is the time to make your ideas happen!
Are you a student at any Ghanaian University with a technology-based business or business idea?
Apply now for the chance to pitch at Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana!
My experience with SFAN has been very enriching. SFAN events are ideal environments for great thinkers and for young people to learn skills that can help them reach their potentials.
I had the privilege of representing MEST Africa at SFAN’s Quantum Leap Career Fair in 2017. The event had a great lineup of speakers and inspiring conversations; it was time well spent!
I had the opportunity to participate in SFAN’s Business Breakfast Meeting in 2016. It was a very well-planned and informative session. The panellists on branding had really great insights and I left there thinking about some of the points raised. I don’t doubt other attendees took a lot from it as well. The pitches were great — A good way to know about other cool initiatives. The French Embassy opportunity was also great.
SFAN is exactly what the youth need. Their events always exceed their promises. The content of our last digital marketing event was exceptional. We talked about digital Now and what can be expected in the future. That should be the task of seminars, to push the envelope and help the attendees to grow. I love working with The SFAN team because they simply get it.
Gina has over 30 years of international experience training, educating and coaching entrepreneurs, executives, and business teams through her high intensity live events, immersive online trainings and focused one on one mentoring. She takes you on transformational, unconventional, and immersive journeys to supercharge your performance. Her strategies and insights take you on a deep dive to breakthrough all that holds you back from the business, relationships and life you deserve and want. She has a keen ability to simplify complex issues and help you create the roadmap for your future. Known by those who work with her as the “Game Changer”, Gina has the natural ability to inspire her audience to action while creating energy, depth and new perspectives in their business. Her diverse background as a personal development expert, former business attorney and CFO for a financial firm, brings a wealth of wisdom and practical advice for getting you to the next level of success and joy in life!
Abdullahi Muhammed is a writer, entrepreneur, lawyer and the CEO of Oxygenmat Ltd. He is a contributor to Forbes, USA TODAY and Entrepreneur Magazine, and has been featured on Entrepreneur, Inc, The Huffington Post, WEF, The Next Web, etc.
He graduated summa cum laude from University of Ilorin, Nigeria with a degree in Law, and was honored with the Best Graduating Student Award.
Abdullahi consults for dozens of successful startups and Fortune 500 companies. If you need help with creating stellar content, boosting your brand visibility, generating social buzz and increasing your inbound traffic, he surely can have you covered.
Afua Osei is a co-founder of She Leads Africa, a media company for millennial African women. She is an expert in creating digital content and live experiences that impact and connect with a new generation of smart, ambitious African women.
Afua started SLA with Yasmin Belo-Osagie, a colleague from McKinsey & Company and the two have since been named by Forbes Africa as 2 of the youngest power women in Africa (2014). Afua was also named by Ventures Africa as one of the top 25 African innovators to watch (2016) and one of the 30 Quartz Africa innovators in 2017.
Afua has been all over the world with her career serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, working in the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House, and working on more than 6 different political campaigns as a communications consultant. She moved to Nigeria in 2013 to serve as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising large corporations and multinationals across Africa.
Afua completed a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, studied international management at the London School of Economics, and graduated cum laude from Allegheny College.
Liz Grossman is a social entrepreneur passionate about promoting equitable collaboration between the United States and Africa. She has spent ten years studying, working and living in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested about the use of internet technology to improve access and quality of education, developing communications skills, and to prepare youth for entering the digital workforce, and has completed independent research studies on the topic in both Cameroon and Senegal. She is a strategic thinker with particular strengths in international communications, event planning, relationship building, strategic planning and social enterprise/organizational development. She develops relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure successful coordination of projects and campaigns.
Managing Partner & Co-founder of Development Perspectives, and CEO of Smarty & Savvy Women Ltd, a subsidiary of the former. Josephine is an entrepreneur, a TV Host, and an accomplished International Development Economist specialized in Trade, Private Sector Development, Regional Economic Integration and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Prior to her current position, Josephine worked as a Consultant for the African Development Bank between January 2011 to December 2015, where she undertook numerous multifaceted assignments. Typical assignment areas include: national trade competitiveness, intra-African Trade, international trade, regional trade & transport facilitation, international market access trade negotiations, trade finance, industrialisation and value addition, regional and global agricultural value chain analysis & development, spatial development for market intelligence, market platforms and logistics; access to input and output agricultural markets (soft and hard infrastructure), and gender mainstreaming, among others.
Samuel Mensah is a London based Creative, whose experience spans various design and creative disciplines. From Branding/Identity, UI/UX Design, Digital Marketing, Conception and Design, Production, Visual Design & Art Direction. Inspired with a passion for integrated Branding and visual marketing to create overall innovative user experiences.
Mensah has created and been credited with crafting Award-Winning Campaigns and artistic treatments globally for clients such as Nike, Google, MTV, Virgin, BBC, H&M & Barclays. His self-initiated work has also been featured on prestigious platforms and magazines such as Creative Review, Adobe.com, Abduzeedo, & DesignYouTrust to name a few.
He is also experienced in not only developing the physical creative of several products but capable to confidently and passionately pitch and communicate concepts to clients. He also understands the power of teamwork and harnessing potential within those around him.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic & Media Design for Advertising from University of Arts London. He maintains a process of creating Self-Initiated works and collaborating with established studios and creatives under the personal outfit/brand SMBStudios. Whose ethos is focused on exploring new ways of creating branding innovation and visual storytelling for various industries. Mensah is also a D&AD New Blood Ambassador working closely with the foundation to mentor next generation of creatives into finding their path and hone their creative skills.
Mensah is also the Founder and creative director of creative organization and platform, Youth Worldwide.
Andy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He has worked with many organizations spanning public services, manufacturing and IT sectors. He has over 16 years working experience with about 9 years in senior management. He started his career with the Coca Cola bottling plant in Kumasi in 2002, where he worked as a finance Assistant, before travelling to the UK, where he worked with the Birmingham City Council in several roles, leaving their employment after working as an Accountancy Assistant in 2007. He later joined Denise Mastersons International Ltd, also in the UK as the Finance and Administration manager, where he helped set up of a lot of the systems and operational procedures for the company.
Whilst working in the UK, he studied for the CIMA certification, finishing all examinations in May 2009. He returned to Ghana at the end of 2009, and after some months on the job market, he was employed by Ayum Forest Products Ltd, A timber manufacturing and exporting firm, as their Financial Accountant. Through hard work and dedication, he was promoted to become the 1st ever black Chief Accountant of the company after just a few months with the company.
He later left and joined IBM Ghana Limited as a Financial Analyst when IBM opened its office in Ghana in 2011. He occupied this role until he was later asked to start the HR practice for IBM in Ghana as there was no substantive HR person in Ghana. This was a totally new challenge as it was quite different from what he has known most of his working life, but having grabbed this opportunity, he exhibited the same work ethic and integrity, as he discharged his work and excelled in this new challenge, leading to him being given control of the HR responsibilities of Central Africa as well – a position he occupies till date.
Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital is an Entrepreneur and Investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership across Africa and the world. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPs and high-tech startups. He Co-Founded Angel Africa List,Angel Fair Africa and currently serves on the board of Farmerline, SMS GH, Forhey, Teranga Solutions, SeeSayDo, Oasis Websoft, Siqueries, Amp.it, SameLogic, Bisa app, Wanjo Foods,Ghana Cyber City and WABco – some of which are his investments.
He was part of the team that built the TEAMS submarine cable in East Africa and an ICT Consultant for the WorldBank, Soros Foundations, UNDP, USAID, USDoJ, USDoS as well as African governments and private firms.
He authored “The KINGS of Africa’s Digital Economy”, co-authored the “Open Access Model”, adopted globally by the telecommunications industry, “Negotiating the Net” – the politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa and “The Internet in Ghana” with the Mosaic Group. He was invited to contribute ideas to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa. Eric is a TED, Stanford, MIT and Harvard fellow.
Damilola Thompson is a corporate and commercial lawyer, with core expertise in venture capital transactions. She is involved in the entire value chain of venture investing from sourcing deals, analysis of pitch decks, the conduct of due diligence, drafting investment documentation including term sheets and transaction documents, etc. In addition to this, she is involved in providing portfolio company support and strategy formulation and maintaining investor relations, investor reports, and fund formation.
Damilola is also passionate about building the African startup ecosystem and she is actively involved in getting stakeholders to taking up active roles to drive this.
Leticia has had an exciting career spanning across a number of sectors and has over 10 years experience in people management, marketing and business development, identifying and developing new markets. She has a strong entrepreneurial spirit having set up her own recruitment business in the UK. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and is dedicated to effecting the necessary change
to develop ecosystems for African entrepreneurs.
Leticia managed the Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN), the first and only Angel Investor Network in Ghana, connecting early stage businesses with capital from high net worth individuals. Leticia has served as an advisor to DFID, USAID and as part of investment and steering committee for SWAPP powered by Netherlands Embassy. In her current capacity she plays a role in bridging the funding gap for early stage businesses by providing a platform that connects aspiring entrepreneurs to seasoned entrepreneurs and investors.
Bertha Owusu is a former model and Miss Ghana 2000 finalist. She founded Lumiere Couture, a clothing line focusing on the everyday needs of women. The aim and focus of the label are to meet the needs of all ladies in Ghana, Africa and across the world.
Lumiere Couture is an exciting and fun label targeted at any lady who loves fashion. The brand cuts across the western world and Africa through sensational marketing strategies across social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Lumiere Couture won the Glitz Fashion Emerging Designer Award 2015 in Ghana.
Kelvin Name is Co-founder and CEO of MeQasa.com – arguably the biggest real estate site in Ghana with over 24K property listings across the country.
Kelvin’s entrepreneurial Journey started in his second year of university when he teamed up with two friends to start an internet cafe, and at the same time tried to start a remedial school for students who were looking to make a good grade to study in the University.
He completed his degree in 2010 and served the nation as a teacher at a vocational school for a year. During this period he applied to and was selected for the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST). He graduated from MEST in 2013 with a business idea that got a $90K seed funding. Today this idea is MeQasa.com, run by two co-founders and an 18-strong team after a follow-up $800K series A investment from Frontier Digital Ventures.
Dela A. Kumahor is a Product Designer and Researcher. He brings extensive experience practicing, advocating and mentoring user-centred design processes, and an ability to marry design-doing with big picture perspective and strategy. With well over a decade working for clients and contexts as diverse as luxury furniture makers in central Italy to Community Health Nurses in rural Ghana, his work includes the design and development of printed materials, Web, IPTV and smart meter interfaces, and mHealth and mAgri applications and services.
In 2014, Dela co-founded The Cobalt Partners, a Design and Technology consulting firm in Accra. He served as Partner, Design Lead and lead of several cross-disciplinary project teams, until 2017. Some of his clients at Cobalt included Vodafone Ghana, TV3, Barclays Ghana, Petra Trust and the Chocolonely Foundation. He has also lectured in Design, Human-Computer Interaction and e-Commerce at Ashesi University, espousing the idea of Design – treated holistically and technically – as the ultimate problem-solving pursuit. He also speaks and runs workshops on Design Thinking and design for inclusion.
Dela has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science (concentration in Digital Media Design) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Product-Service Systems Design from the Politecnico di Milano.
William is Co-Founder & CEO of Impact Hub Accra with a mission to build Osu Ako Adjei area as the city’s innovation district and the nerve center for Accra’s entrepreneurs & bold thinkers. His work is at the nexus of Talent, Tech & Capital for social impact. He has led Impact Hub Accra’s growth to become Accra’s premier startup hotspot with a diverse community of 250+ members and over 1700sqm of progressively green workspaces under management.
Working with a grassroots movement committed to “DIY Urbanism”, William and his team are focused on transforming spaces all across Osu Ako Adjei into activated living and work spaces where different local and global ecosystem players converge to engage Ghana’s vibrant young entrepreneurs.
He has led teams to raise capital from a mix of investors and donors, including the Rockefeller Foundation, Tony Elumelu Foundation, the Danish Government and the US Government’s Broadcasting Board of Governors.
William is a consultant for a number of social innovation initiatives across Africa and has managed the implementation of startup support projects for partners such as Facebook, Ashoka, MasterCard Foundation, Siemens Foundation, USAID, and the British Council.
He is the co-founder and chief executive of SuperFluid Labs — an ambitious African data analytics firm which supports enterprise clients spread across multiple sectors. Superfluid has offices in Kenya, Ghana and Germany.Kotin holds an MPhil. in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Harvard University. Prior to co-founding Superfluids Labs, he worked as a research scientist at IBM as part of a team which developed financial services innovations for multinational enterprise clients in Africa. Before that, he worked for Dalberg’s New York and Nairobi offices— playing consultant to key public and private sector development actors such as the U.S. Government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the UN Foundation.
Edem is a Software Engineer with over 10 years of experience and a track record in web and mobile applications development, integration and service delivery. He has extensive experience in globally distributed software development, solution design and implementation of complex technical projects.
His specialty domains include: E-Commerce, Investment Banking, FinTech, Nutrition Tech, Publishing, Real Estate, etc.
Databases: Postgres, MySQL, MS SQL, Firebase, Redis
Infrastructure: AWS, Heroku, Digital Ocean
Continuous Integration: CircleCI, Semaphore, Bitbucket Pipelines, TeamCity
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Lakeshia Marie is a Jamaican- American who is passionate about business in Africa and intercultural relations. She is the founder of Ford Communications, a 360 boutique strategic communications agency that provides public relations, customer service, and brand management services. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between Africa and the western world.
Ms. Ford attended Spelman College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies and M.A. International Communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
Named one of the Top 5 Women impacting IT in Africa, Ethel Cofie is CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting, an IT Consulting and Digital Products Company in West Africa and Europe. She’s also the founder of Women in Tech Africa, Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 Africa countries and in the diaspora and growing.
Ethel created of women in tech week, a global event which started in 2016 to bring together women in technology. The First events brought together over 10,000 women virtually with physical events in Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Canada, Germany, Belgium and China
In recent times she has been shortlisted for the UN GEMTech Awards, with her thoughts and opinions on innovation and technology in emerging markets featured in prestigious publications like Wired UK, New Africa Woman, European Business Review and Business Africa amongst others
Cofie is a Mandela Fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) with a wealth of technical and commercial skills acquired across a wide range of demanding roles and over 12 years’ experience working in the UK ,Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone on projects like Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Mobile Technology for Health project, the Ford Foundation’s Election Monitoring project for Nigeria, etc
She has been featured on BBC and opinion pieces are published on CNN on the topics of technology in emerging markets, and women leadership.
When Ethel is not running EDEL or Women in Tech Africa, she enjoys advising and consulting on technology growth in emerging markets and bringing more women into technology careers across Africa.
Raindolf Owusu is the CEO & Founder of Oasis WebSoft who has devoted his life to advocating for free and open-source software (FOSS). He is a visionary who believes in empowering nations with software and technology.
He founded Oasis WebSoft in July 2011 as an initiative to use software to solve the daily problems Africans encounter. As a software developer, he is fluent in 9 different programming languages. Some of his recognized works include Anansi Web Browser which happens to be Africa’s first web browser, Anansi Calcpad, Anansipedia and Dr. Diabetes are some of his recognized works. He also helped to develop and deploy Ebola Ghana Alert which was a reliable and easy-to-use application for tracking, training, and dissemination of information to the public about the Ebola virus.
His most recent project is called Bisa which means ‘Ask’ in ‘Twi’. Bisa is a mobile application that allows users to ask doctors questions, guidelines, information and tips for managing their health. Users can also send a clear snapshot of the area they’re concerned about and medical professionals will review and respond to their query within a short period. Dubbed the “Mark Zuckerberg” of Accra by Forbes Africa magazine in 2012, he has been nominated and received various awards such as Guido Sohne Fellow 2012, Ideas Awards 2013, Mandela Washington Fellow 2015. He was also listed in Forbes Africa under 30 Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs in 2015 and a New African Magazine named him one of 100 Most Influential Africans in 2015. He also received the prestigious Junior Chamber International ten most outstanding young person’s award in Ghana.
Cofounder of Skrife, former Head of Marketing Communications at one of Africa’s top startup incubators - MEST Africa, Udacity & Google Women techmakers’ Scholarship recipient, and Freelance Multimedia Content Creator, Kelechi Udoagwu is a communications expert with 4+ years experience working with publications and organizations like True Africa, Work Fusion, MEST, Tech Advance, Bella Naija, African Women in Technology, Pulse and others.
She is also an ardent technology evangelist with a heart for empowering Africans to understand and utilize basic technology and leverage opportunities in the global digital and tech space.
When not working, she spends her time mentoring recent graduates and young professionals, speaking at conferences and workshops, writing about the digitization of our minds and world, and teaching ways to leverage effective communications in personal and professional scenarios.
George (Jorge) Appiah is a Technoprenuer and Africa Tech-Policy Expert with a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (BSc), Business Administration (MBA) and Renewable energy (MSc).
He is passionate about youth employment and impact innovations which causes him to focus on accelerating the adoption of the 4th industrial age technologies in solving crucial challenges and creating jobs in Africa through Human Capacity building.
George is the Co-founder/CEO of Kumasi Hive; a Tech innovation Hub which through its Future Workforce for Africa Initiative trains undergraduate, unemployed and underemployed youth to acquire competent skills in emerging technologies for Problem-Solution-Startup or getting employment.
He is also the Executive Chairman of the Ghana Tech and Business Hubs Network (TBHNG) and a member of the Working Group for the formation of an Association of African Tech Hubs by Africa Union Commission Trade and Industry Department.
George has over 7 years’ experience in STEM as the founder of Creativity Group and has over the years being involved STEM promotion. Creativity Group (Cg) is an interdisciplinary community of student innovators, makers, entrepreneurs and changemakers who are using innovation and technology as a tool, to solve problems in our communities and in Ghana for social interventions and sustainable development. It has presence in 5 public universities, a current membership of 500 students and have trained a total of about 3000 students.
He is a member of the STI Policy group of the UN Major Group on Youth and Children advocating and advising the UN agencies and the UN Secretariat on the youth perspective on the advancement of Science and technology.
He is also a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper, a member of IEEE since 2010, a member of International Design and Innovation Network (IDIN) of MIT D-Lab and a Research Fellow at The Energy Center, KNUST.
Sydney Sam is an expert in branding and business management. Sam develops and executes brand engagement strategies for both start-ups and large corporate organizations both in the African market and beyond.
He has also mentored numerous young entrepreneurs and business professionals on how to use even the most basic marketing principles to increase their personal and organizational potential. At Workspace Global, his aim is to create, nurture and propel home-grown African brands to ready them for the bigger picture, that is, international business. They also serve as a true liaison & catalyst for global brands entering Ghana, West Africa, and other African markets.
Founded in 2011, The Workspace has made monumental strides in corporate Ghana. Through brand identity development, graphic design, digital marketing (social media), web design and development, photography, videography, print, advertising and other marketing tools they keep transforming one business after the other. The brand has serviced high profile organizations like The World Bank, Unicef, Tullow, Nespresso, Mobus, Lord of the Wings and so on.
Selorm is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, educator, marketing strategist and widely consulted technologist, especially in the areas of user experience design in Africa, a field that he virtually pioneered in West Africa's fast-expanding technology space. Selorm serves as Strategy Director for mPedigree, the global leader in the use of mobile and web technologies in securing products against faking, counterfeiting and diversion. MPedigree sells software that manufacturers use to label individual packs of medication with a random 12-digit code hidden under a scratch-off panel on the packaging. Currently, as the Global Strategy Director, he oversees the execution of a marketing plan for mPedigree's fascinating, and intricate, the strategy of interweaving enterprise and consumer mobile + web technologies to completely transform the global practice and market for "supply chain transformation" technologies. Selorm is also a founding member of the multi-award-winning think-tank, IMANI, he was responsible for the organization's early foray into online advocacy, an approach then unique in much of Africa.
Cedric is a skillful media executive with a strong acumen in project management and business development. He successfully launched 6 linear TV channels, mostly benefiting from a Pan-African footprint. He always demonstrated a very high level of work ethic, inclusive leadership and delivered outstanding results in the most challenging situations, especially under tight deadlines.
After succeeding at top managerial positions in leading African media groups, Cedric acquired an extensive experience in East and West Africa, collaborated with various big players from Asia (StarTimes), Africa (Multichoice, Econet Media) and Europe (Canal+) and contributed to various projects (Rwanda's digital migration process), publications and initiatives fostering new growth opportunities for the continent.
Passionate about ICT, mass media and content development, he is resolutely embracing the shift from linear broadcasting to digital on-demand services. He strongly believes in the enabling potential of technology when it comes to boosting the growth of emerging economies.
Cedric is proficient in developing and implementing innovative strategies that create profitable business models, increase reach, viewership and brand awareness while carefully assessing risks and opportunities. He considers the capacity building as a very rewarding process and he has a vivid passion for localization and local content development.
Proven track record in building and managing multicultural teams, team development, and inspiring inclusive corporate culture, because he believes that "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." -- Henry Ford
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