The Growing Business Together (GBT) programme, a start-up accelerator designed for SMEs, in collaboration with The Royal Netherlands Embassy Ghana, Truvalu Startups and MBC Africa has announced that the next GBT Startup Investor Conference will be held at the University of Professional Studies , Accra (UPSA), Ghana on Friday 19th October 2018.
As GBT Startup Investor Conference celebrates its second year milestone with the theme, “Are you ready for my money?”, it promises to provide a platform for a cohort annually of 20 young Ghanaian entrepreneurs and enablers to network, share knowledge, explore business opportunities; boost collaboration and access to business and financial connectors.
The GBT programme is a start-up accelerator designed for SMEs which includes mentorship and business development training that helps entrepreneurs to put in place good principles, practices and procedures for business grow and sustainability.
The GBT programme will be climaxed with the Investor’s Conference which will attract approximately 400 to 500 students, 150 entrepreneurs (fashion, processing, manufacturing, service, farming, production), 20 representatives from financial institutions, 20 representatives from funding institutions and 10 media personnel’s. The Conference will be held at (UPSA) Campus – Accra with over 14,000 student population.
For the selection process of the final 20 Entrepreneurs for each annual programme; there is a call for applications which runs from 1st November each year through to 31st January of the following year . This is then published on our website, social media and within the MBC Africa partnership network. In the past 2 years there has been an average of 72 entrepreneurs per application cycle with respondents being from several African countries. We welcome all participants however; Ghanaian businesses are the main target.
The GBT Start-up Investor Conference theme this year is: Are you ready for my Money? Leading up to the conference there was a range of activities including a rigorous, transparent process of critique, validation, interview and consensus for the 10 best businesses from our GBT program. Theywill begiventhe opportunity to conduct live pitches in front of the audience at the conference; they will be preparing to pitch and secure investments for their business.
There will be a range of activities including three sessions of live pitching, a business matching session to link over 20 investors with businesses, two master classes demystifying and giving real solutions to financial questions, and two panel discussions dealing with alternative financing and investment for risky start-ups.
The others include one networking session giving the audience chance to meet and discuss financial and business solutions with the panel and facilitators as well as like-minded entrepreneurs and there will be stands showcasing products and services from our program and sponsors.
Organizations that are keen to support GBT 2018 by way of sponsorship and other means of collaboration are invited to contact GBT to arrange for meetings to discuss opportunities. These organizations may include key stakeholders from the public and private sector, including local and multi-national companies, investment companies, institutional organisations and innovation hubs.
Please join us for The GBT Start-up Investor Conference: http://growingbusinesstogether.org/index.php/gbt-events/gbt-start-up-investor-conference/. Check out http://growingbusinesstogether.org/