Green business accelerator, the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) which supports local small and medium enterprises to successfully commercialise and scale innovative business solutions, graduated 29 people from its Cohort Five at its Accra Office last week.
It brings the total number of incubated businesses to 112 since the inception of GCIC in 2016.
GCIC offers executive education and technical and business advisory services to deepen local capacity to respond to climate change issues and turn climate challenges into opportunities for growth.
Thus, GCIC aims to be the preferred green economy business incubator for small and medium scale enterprises in the country.
At the virtual graduation ceremony, the Executive Director of GCIC, Ms Ruka Sanusi, urged the graduands to put in hard work and to be persistent in order to thrive in the face difficulties, if they sought to accomplish their dreams of success.
Entrepreneurship Consultant of the GCIC, Mr Abdul Nasser Alidu noted that the centre aims to nurture green economy entrepreneurs since it forms part of the global target for sustainable development. “We want to grow the economy while protecting the environment as well,” he stated.
Founder of mPedigree, Mr Bright Simons delivered the keynote address and admonished to graduands not to relent and give up on their vision. He noted that failures are bound to occur while pursuing their ambitions but should not dampen their quest to succeed in their respective businesses.
I have discovered that success is a payoff and the unexpected delightful outcome, but as entrepreneurs, it looks like failure is really the career, he emphasized.
He said the only thing that distinguished entrepreneurs from other people was that they were so good in understanding failure and had become specialist of failure and because of that, they had the potential unlike other people to transcend the failures and succeed.
He advised the entrepreneurs to form strategic alliances since there are lots of opportunities in the green ecospace.