This project seeks to unearth and sponsor young Ghanaian Tech entrepreneurs or “Techpreneurs” who are using technology and have a business model which can be ‘scaled’.The global information technology industry is on pace to reach $5.2 trillion in 2020, according to research by the International Data corporation (IDC). Economies, jobs and personal lives are becoming more digital and connected.
The Following are the Thematic Areas for the OpEx Prize Competition
To give young people the opportunity to leverage technology for wealth creation.
Creating industry-changing technology that brings us closer to a better, safer and more sustainable world.
To constantly ignite creative and innovative tech solutions that are scalable and sustainable.
Ghanaians Aged 18 - 35
Only Products & Services Using Technology
One Application submitted per Applicant
Show ownership of project or solution
Show existence of a minimum viable product
Submit Your Application Step One
Fill and submit your application to enter The OpEx Prize competition. Make sure to submit the link to all required documents and videos. Grant access or the required permissions to allow 3rd party access to those links.
Application Opens: 3rd Mar - 15th Apr 2021
Initial Shortlisting Step Two
Applicants will be shortlisted, bringing the number to 20 people. Shortlisting will be done based on the following criteria: whether or not you presented a clear and focused product, if your product will have social impact, has the potential to bring system change and scale potential. Successful applicants will be contacted.
Initial Shortlisting: 19th - 23rd April 2021
Pitching Step Three
Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to pitch their products to a panel of judges. Each judge on the panel, will be looking out for that "X - factor", that makes your product or service stand out. Ten (10) applicants with the highest score at the end of the pitching session will make it to the next round as the finalists.
Aptitude Test,Pitching & Judging: 26th - 30th April 2021
Training Exercise Step Four
The Ten (10) successful applicants will undergo a week long training exercise to orient and impart the necessary skills & knowledge.
Training Exercise: 3rd May - 7th May 2021
Announce Finalist Step Five
The Ten (10) will go on to receive the GHS 10,000 cash prize as well as mentorship during a six (6) months incubation period from 31st June - 20th November 2021 (Subject to Terms & Conditions)
Meet the Judges
CEO, Dalex Finance
Kenneth Kwamina Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of Dalex Finance and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In 2016, Mr. Thompson was declared Businessman of the Year and Dalex Finance, Business of the Year by the Ghana Economic Forum. Kenneth Thompson graduated from the University of Ghana Business School. He trained with UHY Hacker Young, a top 10 firm of Chartered Accountants in the United Kingdom. Mr. Thompson is a thought leader on business and economic matters.He currently serves as a director on the boards of Gridco, Unique Insurance, Reliance Personnel Services and RPS Engineering Services.
Patience Manful Essuman
Managing Director, T-talk IT Solutions
A Software Consultant in the banking industry. Passionate about using technology to solve problems..
Creator, Yielding Accomplished African Women
Diana Wilson is a vibrant, articulate, and highly successful 25-year-old social entrepreneur, marketing strategist at Google, professional development coach, activist and global speaker. She was recognized as the 'Next Black Female Mark Zuckerberg' via Face2Face Africa. She has gone viral for her achievements via MTV and LinkedIn. In 2018, Diana created Yielding Accomplished African Women (Yaa W.). Yielding Accomplished African Women is Africa’s premier nonprofit committed to digitizing and developing Africa’s best talent with a focus on women. Their ecosystem is the largest community of African female leaders in finance, machine learning/AI and software engineering. Her mission is to create a pipeline that will empower African women to develop a gender specific professional toolkit that will advance their careers in business or technology. Under Diana’s leadership, Yaa W has trained 800+ young African women and have a ~6k media following. She has solidified partnerships with companies such as Google, Bank of America, MTN, Chartered Financial Institute (CFI), Educative.io, etc. As well as raise over $315k in sponsorships. Her goal is to reach 30,000 women by 2030.
Director, Business Operations Dalex Finance
Experienced Director Of Business Operations with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Business Planning, Enterprise Software, Entrepreneurship, Training Delivery, and Management.
Research Technologist, CSIR-INSTI
Michael Wilson is a Research Technologist and Head of the Electronics Division at the CSIR-Institute for Scientific and Technological Information. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Lecturer and a Software Developer at the Kofi Annan ICT Center. Ing. Wilson holds a BSc and MPhil both in Computer Engineering from KNUST, Ghana and a PGDip. in Wireless and Mobile Computing from CDAC, India. His philosophy has always been “DRINK DEEP OR TASTE NOT” and believes that any small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world.
John P. Awotwi
Technical Officer, CSIR-INSTI
Passionate about people & technology.
With a plethora of experience managing both people and technology in several tech ecosystems. Mr. Awotwi is currently a Technical Officer with the Communications Division of CSIR-INSTI.
Bernard Yaw Ashiadey
Business and Financial Times (B&FT)
Bernard Yaw Ashiadey, with a decade of experience in writing and journalism, is the News Editor and acting Deputy Editor at the Business and Financial Times (B&FT), Ghana and Africa’s leading provider of business information. A product of the country’s premier journalism training school – Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), where he graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with specialisation in Journalism, he has also graduated with a Master Degree in Development Communication at the same institute. Apart from writing for the B&FT, on a daily basis, Bernard also contributes regularly to other publications, especially magazines in the country and across the continent including the Vaultz Magazine, and Business Times Magazine.
Dr. George Owusu Essegbey
Chief Executive Officer, CSIR-TDTC
Dr. George Owusu Essegbey is a Chief Research Scientist who has worked in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy research for several years in the broad sectors of agriculture, industry, environment and across key thematic areas such as innovation studies, sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and capacity building. He is an STI policy analyst and was the Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana for more than 10 years until April 2018.
He has served various national and international organizations with his expertise including UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNEP, AU, EU, FAO, IFPRI and the World Bank.
Ibrahim Kwame Asante
Ag. Deputy CEO, CSIR-TDTC
Ibrahim Kwame Asante is a multi-global award winning professional who has served on several Advisory Boards in the UK, Europe and Africa. Ibrahim currently serves as Acting Deputy CEO with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Technology Development and Transfer Centre (TDTC), Vice Secretary to the National Steering Committee for Aflatoxin Control (NSCAC), Ghana and the Vice-President of CSIR - Research Staff Association (RSA) Southern Sector Zone. He is also the founder of a World-Class Provider, Significant International Training Systems (SITS). A firm believer of Significant *‘Leadership through Service’,* Ibrahim Kwame Asante serves as an Ambassador for Peace of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF-UK), a volunteer Head of Training and Strategy for the Humanity First (HF) UK Charity & Director of Marketing for Humanity First (HF) Ghana Charity, Global Ambassador for the Focus on Disability Foundation (UK) Charity, Ag. Director of Policy & Strategy for AIESEC ALUMNI GHANA (AAG) and a Frontline Volunteer with St Luke’s Hospice, Harrow Charity in London. Oxford educated, International Trainer, an Associate Fellow of Leadership and Enterprise Governance, International Finanacial Advisor, Human Resource Management (HRM) Consultant, Peak Performance Strategist, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Researcher. Ibrahim Kwame Asante also holds among other qualifications a Masters degree in International Business Management from the University of Gloucestershire, UK.
Chief Executive Officer, Soronko Academy
Regina Honu is the CEO of Soronko Academy, a leading technology, coding and digital skills development center in Africa, pioneering the way for young people especially women and girls to realize their economic potential equipping them with the technical and soft skills they need to attain dignified, fulfilling jobs and overcome the gender gap in technology. The academy which is the first coding and human centered design academy in West Africa has trained over 16,000 women & girls and has expanded to train boys, men and children with disabilities. Soronko Academy won the Most Impactful Initiative at the Women in Tech Global Awards for 2020. She was awarded the 2018 AFS Active Global Citizen Award for her contributions to global competence education and a winner of the Challenging Norms, Powering Economies initiative by Ashoka,UN Women and Open Society Foundations for work to challenge gender norms in women’s economic empowerment. She has also been ranked one of the top young 50 CEO's in Ghana and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) role Model by the Ministry of Education (MOE) through the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET)
She is an ambassador and mentor for thecamp, a European campus dedicated to emerging technology and social innovation. She is listed as one of BBC 100 most inspirational and innovative women for 2017. She was awarded the 2017 Northwestern University Buffet Institute for Emerging Global Leaders Award and awarded the Coca Cola young achievers award as a leader in technology. She was also unveiled as the 2016 Vlisco Brand Ambassador. She was featured on CNN as one the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM. She is named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies. She is an Ashoka Fellow,Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow, Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and a Vital Voices Fellow.
She is currently partnering with Mastercard Foundation as part of Young Africa Works to ensure that 2.1 million Ghanaian women connect to dignified and fulfilling work and is a (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) Role Model.