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Ghana Startup Awards Finalists Named Among 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 List

By Prince Akpah

5 finalists of the recently held most prestigious awards for startups, Ghana Startup Awards, have all made it into the 2016 Class of the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 List compiled by Ancillar Mangena, a FORBES AFRICA journalist and an under 30 herself.

The young Ghanaians namely; John Armah (Orios Group), Nana Prempeh (Asoriba), Sulley Amin Abubakar (Zaacoal), Prince Boadu (MapTech Logistics) and David Asare Asiamah (Agro Mindset) are all noted to be very successful young entrepreneurs who have been at the forefront of running companies creating jobs and opportunities for Ghanaians.

Nominated in the Startup Support Organisation of the Year Category of the Ghana Startup Awards, John Armah runs the Ghana Centre for Entrepreneurship Employment and Innovation (GCEEI) under the Orios Group, as a Business Advisory Support Center that helps Startups & Young Entrepreneurs in Business Development, Consulting, Business Financing and Support Services. The organisation pioneered the Public Private Partnership with Government to launch the 10miilion Cedis Fund to start the Youth Enterprise Support which has been giving financial support to Startups in Ghana.

Nana Prempeh’s Asoriba was nominated among the Technology Startup of the Year category, a company that has grown from an idea among 4 friends into a reputable tech engineering establishment serving clients across the Globe. Asoriba as a Globally Competitive Startup is a web based church management application designed to enable effective church administration for leaders and seamless engagement with members.

Sulley Amin Abubakar is founder and CEO of Zaacoal, a company that manufactures charcoal from organic waste material, particularly coconut waste. Nominated in the Manufacturing Startup of the Year category, Zaacoal produces different varieties of charcoal for different markets. From a small business, Amin has proven his product can play healthy competitions across the Globe.

Also Nominated in the Technology Startup of the Year category, Prince Boadu’s Maptech Logistics has become a brand that is focused on developing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based applications to solve business problems relating to logistics and supply chain management, a service that is rare to the local business community. Through this, Prince has demonstrated his passion in becoming a more successful Entrepreneur.

Nominated in 3 Categories namely, Startup of the Year, Startup Entrepreneur and Agribusiness of the Year, David Asare Asiamah has over the years displayed his potential in taking his locally started agribusiness, Agro Mindset, into a globally recognized brand. His strides have also been recognized with various honours as he continues to make Global Brands envious of his rise in a business that he is so passionate.

Speaking on behalf of the Jury and Partners of the Ghana Startup Awards, Ekow Mensah, CEO of The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE), organizers of the Awards, congratulated the 5 finalists who made it into the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list and wished them the very best in their pursuit of building their businesses into globally competitive brands. He pledged the profound support of the Startup Network and TANOE to all the finalists of the Ghana Startup Network.

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