After officially operating for a year as the Ghana Startup Network, the executive team of the organization launched a new brand purposed at repositioning it with a vision to make Ghana, the leading startup nation in Africa.
This was done at a virtual event attended by leading names including Seth Akumani, Head of Exploration at the UNDP Accelerator Lab, Sherif Ghali, CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs, Adisa Amanor-Wilks, CEO of UK-based Abjel Communications and Maudo Jallow, Associate at the Tony Blair Institute.
The event which gave the leadership of GFS the opportunity to explain the rationale behind the rebranding, brief partners and attendees on the progress made so far and to outdoor its new website, www.ghanaforstartups.org.
According to Gilles Ametepe, co-founder and Snr. Partner, Policy & Institutional Relations of Ghana For Startups, “the rebranding became a necessity because we felt that operating as the Ghana Startup Network was limiting our scope of action and we needed to recreate the organization in such a way that it empowers more actors in the ecosystem. With Ghana For Startups, we are creating a melting pot of all forces so we can build Ghana into the leading startup-Nation in Africa”.
Ghana For Startups made history in September 2020 by becoming the first African member organization of Brussels-based Allied For Startups, one of the World’s leading organizations focused on improving the policy environment for startups. This move, insiders say automatically makes Ghana the voice of Africa within the global startup ecosystem.
Over the past year, GFS has reached hundreds of entrepreneurs with its virtual programmes, expanded its footprint to other continents with teams operating from the United Kingdom, France and the United States, built a multinational workforce with team members from seven (7) different countries and counts the Founder Institute, Arielle For Africa, the Economic Misfit and iSupreme For Startups among its partners.
Ghana For Startups together with research firm Groundbreaking is currently working on a research focused on the dynamics of the Ghanaian startup ecosystem post-covid and is expected to outdoor the findings before the end of the year.
With this new identity, GFS aims at attracting more entrepreneurs home and abroad, expand its partnerships and position startups at the heart of the Ghanaian economic growth.