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The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), has opened an extraordinary opportunities for students in Senior High School (SHS) across the country by encouraging them to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems that would enhanced their critical thinking abilities and nurturing their entrepreneurial mindset.

The programme is in such that, Schools that would present the most Innovative Ideas and make it to the finals would be given awards and get support from NEIP to commercialize their ideas and solutions.

NEIP is mandated to serve as a leading enabler for start-ups and innovation in Ghana. The institution have developed a five-year strategic plan which outlines NEIP’s focus on being the enabler for innovation, startups, and entrepreneurship in Ghana.

This was made known in Accra by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for NEIP, Mr. Kofi Ofosu Nkansah during the official press launch of the maiden NEIP Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week

The NEIP Innovation and Entrepreneurship Celebration Mr. Nkansah mentioned, is a platform that brings together the brightest minds, innovative ideas, and various opportunities that lie within their Innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem as part of efforts to Encourage creativity and innovation.

“This will include many engaging programs and initiatives designed to inspire, educate, and connect aspiring Innovators and entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow”.

He disclosed that, the SHS Innovation Challenge is a competition that would bring together students from second cycle schools across Ghana and would be organized on zonal basis, with schools from various zones participating in series of innovation challenges.

“As you know, the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme is Government’s special purpose vehicle for providing integrated National support for startups and small businesses”.

Other programmes he said are available has to do with Innovation and Entrepreneurship Symposium and is to host stakeholders from academia, innovation space, investors, entrepreneurs and Policy makers and others from the innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem. “The summit will host keynote speakers who will be speaking on topics relating to innovation, Intellectual property, Licensing and Patenting of inventions, Copyrights, Innovation Regulation, Innovation commercialization among others”.

He added that, the Hackathon Competition would be an event for participants to engage collaboratively, using Technology over a short period of time to produce solutions for Sector specific problems saying, participants would showcase their ideas in front of a distinguished panel of judges and potential investors. “This competition will not only foster competitive spirit in participants but will also provide invaluable exposure and networking opportunities that can transform ideas into thriving businesses”.

According to Mr. Ofosu Nkansah, NEIP Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase would also be a vibrant marketplace where Innovators and entrepreneurs can exhibit their innovative products and services. “This will be organized on the side-lines of the symposium. The fair will showcase some of the Innovative products and services from NEIP beneficiaries”.

He therefore, call on the entire Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem to join hands with NEIP, as they pursue their innovation management programmes. “This, in the end, will spur the growth of the private sector and translate into more jobs being created for the youth. After all the most successful companies, are usually the most Innovative companies”.

Mr. Ofosu said, the innovation and start-up ecosystem is different from the MSME ecosystem, requiring a tailor-made framework to make meaningful impact in the Innovation Space.

Participants he averred throughout the celebrations, would have the chance to take part in interactive workshops, engaging panel discussions, and thought-provoking keynotes delivered by industry leaders and experts. In addition, they would get the opportunity to sharpen their skills, broaden their horizons, and gain valuable insights into various facets of Innovation and entrepreneurship.

NEIP Strategies and tactics on innovation programmes is to Devote significant resources to programmes that unearth innovations, and deliver mentoring and coaching to high innovation-based startups

Again, provide direct and indirect funding support to third party institutions such as tech-hubs, incubators, accelerators, and other business development service providers, who provide business support for innovation-based start-ups

Furthermore, establish knowledge transfer partnership schemes by placing young People into Innovation based start-up clusters for them to conduct strategic innovation projects.

Scout for Innovation Ideas through contests, challenges, competitions in partnership with corporate institutions and foundations, offer study tours to both local and international incubators and Hubs, and promote online entrepreneurship and innovation Courses

Organise competitions aimed at encouraging innovation and creative thinking among students; and embark on annual innovation, ideation and creative thinking scouting in various districts to hunt for Innovation based start-ups and innovation talents.

 

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