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British Council Gh. Brings The ‘Duapa Challenge’

One social enterprise in Ghana stands the chance of winning GHC10,000 cash investment, 6 months business incubation and travel to meet investor in the UK. This unique opportunity is part of the British Council’s commitment to creating opportunities for young people to earn sustainable livelihood, create employment while solving social problems.

On Wednesday 26th October 2016, the British Council launched season 2 of Duapa Challenge targeting social entrepreneurs with innovative social businesses. The investor project is an early stage social innovation support competition providing seed capital, business incubation, social mandate training and exposure to the UK for an already existing and viable social enterprise.

Season 1 of the competition unearth a social innovator Amin Sulley, CEO of ZaaCoal – a social enterprise that produces char coal from coconut husks. ZaaCoal competed with 12 other social entrepreneurs in 2015 emerging as the overall winner taking home the cash investment and travel to the UK. Amin pitched his business to UK investors and met with potential customers for his product in London. ZaaCoal in less than a year has opened a factory in Accra producing environmentally friendly charcoal for the Ghanaian Market.

10 social entrepreneurs will be shortlisted to undergo a training boot camp at the British Council Skills Hub following which they will pitch sections of their business to a panel of judges.

Season 2 of Duapa Challenge will run through November 2016 where the winner will be crowned at a pitch event to investors. Applications are currently open till 7th November 2016. Interested social entrepreneurs should visit the British Council Ghana website: www.britishcouncil.org.gh to complete the online application form.

The British Council is an organization which creates opportunity for the U.K and other countries with a focus on building trust between them worldwide.

As part of our work in Ghana, we focus on providing young people with life changing opportunities by providing them with skills for employability and entrepreneurship, English and Exams. Over the years through our strong partnerships, our impact has been immeasurable. Globally, between 2011 and 2013 alone, we have partnered with over 15,390 government, business and social leaders worldwide in the delivery of our services. We have also reached over 19.8 million people through our events and programs—creating opportunities and connecting them with learning and creative ideas to build a mutually beneficial relationship between them and UK.

Our work in the society extends to our Social enterprise programme with the aim of creating opportunities and improving lives. Under this program we promote social investment to help foster a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future. Our programme also draws on UK expertise, striving to share best practice and create opportunities between the UK and Ghana. We provide (social) entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders with:

  • training
  • business consulting and mentoring
  • access to funding and investment opportunities
  • study tours
  • international networking

Visit: http://www.britishcouncil.org.gh/programmes/society/social-enterprise

For more information contact: Edem Abotsigah T +233 3026 10090 Edem.Abotsigah@gh.britishcouncil.org

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