Israeli Green Innovation Competition opens

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Israeli Ambassador to Ghana Shani Cooper and Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, Ms. Esther A.N. Cobbah

The second Israeli Green Innovation Competition (IGIC), which seeks to honour individuals and organisations that come up with innovative solutions to promote environmental conservation and agriculture in Ghana, has officially begun.

The Green Innovation Competition focuses on innovative startups in the agriculture and horticulture sector, which is in line with Israel’s commitment to stimulate both agriculture and innovation in Ghana. It is open to young Ghanaian ‘startupists’ (aged 15-40) who have an already-existing innovative initiative that contributes to growth of the floriculture industry.

The winner of this year’s competition will receive a fully-paid trip to Israel and participate in industry-related conferences to learn best practices and network in order to seek potential investors to expand their existing business.

The competition is being undertaken by the Israeli Embassy in collaboration with the Ghana Garden and Flower Show, an initiative of Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa). The final selection and award ceremony will be held on the last day of the 2020 Virtual Ghana Garden and Flower Show (GGFS) on 8th November, streaming live on the GGFS website http://stratcomm-africa.com/gfs/

Israel prides itself as a nation of innovation that helps to stimulate innovation wherever it finds itself.

Israeli Ambassador to Ghana Shani Cooper expressed excitement about the second edition of the show, saying: “We are delighted that through this show we are about unearthing new solutions to enhance agriculture and the environment, the Israeli embassy will continue to support innovative ideas in our quest to see an improved agriculture system and the environment.”

Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa – organiser of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show (GGFS), Ms. Esther A.N. Cobbah, indicated that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company had to resort to a virtual show. She called on all stakeholders to continue their efforts in helping achieve a cleaner, greener, healthier and wealthier Ghana.

Individuals or organisations with an interest in entering into this year’s competition have to follow these simple steps.

  • Have an innovative and captivating prototype that promotes green innovation in Ghana
  • Present your prototype in a 90-second video, detailing all the essential information about your solution.
  • Register (http://stratcomm-africa.com/gfs/registrations) and upload your video via your Facebook account (tagging Israel Embassy Ghana @IsraelinGhana) and share a URL to the video on the Registration Section of Competition Website.

Ten qualifying participants will be selected from all entries for the final pitch. Then these 10 finalists will be hosted by the competition judges on 8th November 2020 at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Virtual Ghana Garden and Flower Show, to do a 3-minute prototype presentation of their solutions.

Registration is open from now till 23rd October 2020; hence, individuals are encouraged to send their entries to stand a chance of being crowned for innovation and also acquire valuable skills to help scale-up their business initiative.

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