Ghana Startup Awards

The Ghana Startups Awards is an annual award ceremony that celebrates ambitious and indigenous start-up businesses that are making impact, contributing to economic growth, meeting social needs and putting Ghana on the global economic map.

This initiative is part of our contribution to enhancing the Startup Eco-System in Ghana and providing the support and public recognition needed for outstanding startups in Ghana to thrive.

The Awards honours young, smart and daring entrepreneurs & startups, who, despite all the challenges they face, have taken the risk to pursue entrepreneurship as a full-time career and are building globally businesses.

This event will host over 300 startups from all over Ghana, policy makers, startup support service providers and startup ecosystem stakeholders and will honour hardworking, innovative and deserving startups in 17 different categories.

The Awards is an initiative managed by The Startup Network, a network under The African Network of Entreprenurs with Sponsorship from Premium Bank Ghana and in  partnership with KPMG, Avance Media, iConceptsPR and Edel Technology Consulting.


CATEGORIES

  1. Discovery Startup of the Year

The Discovery Startup of the Year is the Award to recognise a startup founded in less than a year but have been able to create exceptional clientele and services for both the local and international market. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. MANUFACTURING

The Manufacturing Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been exceptional in the production of innovative Made in Ghana products. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. TECHNOLOGY

The Technology Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been exceptional in the Technology & Innovation Landscape in Ghana with innovative IT-based solutions. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. MEDIA

The Media Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been exceptional in combining creativity, ingenuity & innovation in the multimedia industry. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. FASHION

The Fashion Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been outstanding in revolutionalizing the Fashion Industry in Ghana. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. AGRIBUSINESS

The Agribusiness Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been outstanding in the Agribusiness Value Chain in Ghana through production, supplying, distribution or support service provision. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. BANKING & FINANCE

The Banking & Finance Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been outstanding Banking & Finance Industry in Ghana, Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. HEALTH

The Health Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been outstanding in the Health Sector Value Chain. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. ARTS, CULTURE & TOURISM

The Arts, Culture & Tourism Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been outstanding in the Creative Arts or Tourism Sector. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. FOOD PROCESSING

The Food Processing Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been outstanding in the provision of catering, packaging, processing or preservation services. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. EDUCATION

The Education Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup that has been outstanding in the Education & Human Capital Development Sector. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. NON-GHANAIAN STARTUP OF THE YEAR

The Non-Ghanaian Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup operating in Ghana but foreign owned and is exceptional in their select industries. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. STUDENT STARTUP OF THE YEAR

The Student Startup of the Year Award recognises a startup founded and operated by a student(s) with an impressive track record of achievements. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR

The Social Enterprise of the Year Award recognises an organisation which has an exceptional in the execution of innovative Social Impact Projects in Ghana. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. STARTUP SUPPORT ORGANIZATION

The Startup Support Organization of the Year Award recognises an organisation that has been exceptional in the provision of relevant support to Startups & Startup Entrepreneurs. Adjudged by 100% General Public and Presented by The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE)

  1. STARTUP ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

The Startup Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognises an entrepreneur who has an impressive track record of achievements in the pursuit of building an innovative & globally competitive startup in Ghana. Winner must exhibit an extraordinary evidence of passion, vision, drive, tenacity, leadership and potential to dominate their industry. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.

  1. STARTUP OF THE YEAR

The Startup of the Year Award recognises a Startup with an outstanding performance and evidence of success in the pursuit of building an innovative and globally competitive business, products and/or services. Winning Startup must exhibit an indisputable potential for tremendous success and leadership in their industry and dominance of the marketplace. Adjudged by 70% General Public and 30% Jury votes.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

 

The judges will be looking to award outstanding achievements, innovative business concept, growth and good management skills.

THE STARTUP MUST BE:

  1. A Registered business (not an idea or plan) – Ownership being Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability or Partnership and a Social Enterprise.
  2. Headquartered in Ghana
  3. Between 6 months and 6 years
  4. Independent business – not subdivision or franchise
  5. Be 50% or more Ghanaian owned, with the owner/s responsible for making the key management decisions

 

NOMINATED STARTUPS CANNOT:

  1. Be a listed company, a franchisee, franchisor, a club or a co-operative.
  2. Be more than 50% owned by another business;
  3. Be either:
    1. A recipient of significant on-going government funding (i.e. the business is reliant upon the funding for operation); or
    2. A government agency;
  4. Have employees who have been involved in the judging of the Awards program (exception given to Startup Support Organisations)
  5. Given the necessarily fluid nature of these definitions, the basic rule is: if in doubt, just APPLY!

 

CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE STARTUPS OUTSTANDING:

  1. Innovative in operations, product or service, or marketing (e.g. use of technology)
  2. Product or service solving hard problems and meeting a pressing market demand
  3. Gaining traction or making a mark – either with increasing number of customers or in research and development
  4. Have the potential to reshape their industry
  5. Exhibit a great combination of passion & opportunity
  6. Have a large market opportunity
  7. Source of funding is mainly internal
  8. Avenue for job creation
  9. Meet tax and social security obligations
  10. Profit making
  11. High market value (cost of research and development and physical assets)
  12. Experienced management team