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National Mobile Apps Training

The National Mobile Apps Training was an initiative by Ghana Tech Lab which was geared towards training young people across the country on mobile application development. ICODE was partnered to train 20 selected applicants in the Western Region. This was a three months training that ended with a local hackathon. The winner was selected to compete at the national level in NSIPS. Also, the participants from the national mobile apps challenge had the chance to intern with various organizations where some were fortunate to get employed.

The Process

  • Call for applications
  • Interview and select eligible applicants
  • Train and incubate mobile developers in batches using designed curriculum provided by Ghana Tech Lab
  • National Mobile Innovation Hackathon

National AI Training

National AI Training was also a partnered program with Ghana Tech Lab to train 20 unemployed graduates in the Western Region on Artificial Intelligence. This was towards a goal to equip these applicants with skills to be able to build their own startups or get employed in the tech space. The participants were taken through a three months training on artificial intelligence. After the training, they were grouped in pairs to form a start-ups that makes use of AI in their product or services. There was a local hackathon where selected applicants had a grant of GHC 15,000 in an incubation program where they built their applications. They competed in the NSIP to win seed funding to further develop their startups.

National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme

The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) is an initiative by the Ministry of Business Development to train and give loans to selected business owners. This is to aid them to scale and expand their businesses. ICODE is charged to run the NEIP trainings in the Western Region. The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) exist to enable new businesses to emerge and give them the space to grow, to receive financing and business development services, to secure orders during the critical formative years, and to tap into a wide supply chain and network for their growth years, helping to create jobs at a widely distributed national level.

The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) is a flagship policy initiative of the government of Ghana with the primary objective of providing an integrated national support for start-ups and small businesses. NEIP primarily focuses on providing business development services, startup incubators and funding for young businesses to enable them to grow and become successful. The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) is therefore set within the context of Ghana's long-term strategic vision of consolidating its middle-income status, building an industry-driven economy capable of providing decent jobs that are suitable and sustainable for development.

Student Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Student Entrepreneurship Initiative (SEI) is a deliberate effort by the government of Ghana to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem leading to an increase in employment in the country. The SEI program targets senior high school students in selected schools in Ghana. ICODE is implementing the SEI in the selected schools in the Western Region.

The Process

The process begins with setting up SEI clubs throughout the selected schools in the region. Students from these schools are trained for three months. During this period, they will form groups from which they will come up with startup ideas. The groups will compete in a local pitch where the winners from each school will advance to a regional pitch competition. From the regional level, the winners will head onto a national pitch competition. Throughout the whole journey, the students involved get entrepreneurship coaching and mentorship.