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Serwaa Kesse Girls SHS Crowned Winners Of 2022 National Business Pitch Competition

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On 16th of September 2022, Junior Achievement (JA) Ghana  hosted its 2022 National Business Pitch Competition 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 attend this year’s event, themed “Fuelling Changemakers” in a bid to become a catalyst for young people to discover Africa’s greatest challenges and develop solutions.

 

Students presented 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.

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The Ghana competition brought 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.

 

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

 

The Judges  looked at the performance and future potential of these businesses, as well as the personal development of the team members.

 

The winners of the competition took 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.

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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.

 

John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister of Education and Member of Parliament for Assin South Constituency was the Guest of honour for the event and applauded the J.A Ghana for organizing such a skill set challenge program to identify the potential of the students in the various senior high schools.

 

 

 

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Here is a list of the winners from the 2022 National Business Pitch Competition.

 

 

Main Awards

Winner – Serwaa Kesse Girls Senior High School

 

 

 

 

 

1st Runner Up –  Northern School of business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Runner Up – Accra Academy Senior High School

 

 

 

 

 

Partner & Sponsor Awards

 

Excellence In Marketing Award  ( Primetime Limited ) – Northern School Of Business

 

 

 

Project Management  Awards  (Project Management Institute Edu. Fund) – Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School

 

 

 

 

 

Excellence In Teamwork Award ( Academic City) – Northern School Of Business

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award  (Gold Fields Ghana Foundation) – Archbishop Porter Girls’ Senior High School

 

 

 

 

Tech-Innovation Award (Tomorrow Foundation) – Aburi Girls’ Senior High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Choice Award , (Peter Gbedemah )- Aburi Girls’ Senior High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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