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Breaking Barriers: JA Ghana Hosts The 2023 National Business Pitch, Ghana’s Premier SHS Entrepreneurship Competition

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Junior Achievement (JA) Ghana has announced hosting the much-anticipated 2023 National Business Pitch Competition, Ghana’s premier Senior high school entrepreneurship competition, which will take place from August 30th to 1st September 2023, at the esteemed Academic City University College at Haatso, 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 “Breaking Barrier” 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.

Junior Achievement (JA) is passionate about teaching youth entrepreneurship as an avenue for job creation since the formal sector cannot 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 44 years of operations in Africa.

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The Ghana competition will bring together students from 15 Senior High Schools across the country: Legacy Girls College, Aburi Girls Senior High School, Northern School of Business, Adonten Senior High School, Presbyterian Boys Senior High School – Legon, St. Thomas Aquinas, O’reilly Senior High School, Bolgatanga Senior High School, Ghana Senior High – Koforidua, Adukrom Presbyterian Senior High Technical, St. Francis Girls’ Senior High School, Tema International School, Archbishop Porter Girls and Tarkwa Senior High School.

 

Lists of the 15 Senior High Schools 

 

 

These young entrepreneurs have displayed remarkable dedication, creativity, and business acumen, representing their schools with pride and passion.

For the first day of this three-day event, students will be warmly welcomed at the Academic City campus, where they will be taken on a campus tour followed by rehearsals and preparations for the competition the following day.

Competing teams will pitch their business solutions before a distinguished panel of judges, demonstrating their profound understanding of various business concepts and explaining the performance of their business.

On the third day, September 1, 2023, an eagerly anticipated awards gala will take place at the Fiesta Royale Hotel, where the exceptional achievements of the participants will be recognized and celebrated.

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Over the Three-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.

The winning teams will gain recognition for their entrepreneurial prowess and take home a generous cash prize of fifteen thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 15,000) and signature awards from our benevolent 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 in Kigali, Rwanda in December, where they will compete against students from 15 other African countries for cash prizes, awards, and a ticket to compete on the world stage, (De la Vega Global Entrepreneurship Competition).

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the Executive Director of JA Ghana, Mr. Abeiku Greene, said that harnessing the potential of Ghana’s youth through entrepreneurship education has immense benefits for the country by creating jobs and promoting economic growth.

According to him, “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.”

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Mr. Joshua Andrews-Egyir, who is the Programs Officer of JA Ghana, reveals that  this year’s competition is supported by Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, the Tomorrow Foundation, Gold Fields Ghana Foundation, Academic City University College, and Boeing.

 

 

 

 

About JA Ghana

 

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

 

 

 

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