Ghana entrepreneurs in recent times have been coming up the ladder of business both at the national and international levels. There are those of them who have achieved significant successes in their businesses that we could not help but mention them here for recognition and commendation. The stunning thing about their achievements is that these lots made it while still very young. From the look of things, there are high hopes that they will do far better than most of the already known and famous Ghanaian businessmen who have come before them. Its very much commendable that not only men made this list; there are women too.
Here Are the Latest Young and Promising Ghanaian Entrepreneurs:
1. Sangu Delle
Sangu Delle is a young and vibrant Ghanaian entrepreneur. He is the brilliant mind and brains behind Golden Palm Investments located in Accra Ghana. A holding company that invests in early stage venture and growth capital financing across Africa, particularly in real Estate, healthcare, agribusiness and technology. The GPI has backed startups such as SOLO Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana and Stawi Foods in Kenya. In healthcare, he and his team have built a successful chain of hospitals in Ghana, which they hope to expand into the region.
He graduated from the Havard Business School and is currently running an MBA in the Havard Law School. He is a fast rising entrepreneur with great and enviable business initiatives and passion towards bringing about significant changes in the life of Africans. Amazingly, Delle is just 27 years old. Sangu has begun to gain international recognition and was named in the Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs 2014 list.
In one of his speeches during an Asheshi Business week, this was his conclusion on how to achieve success:
“Pursue excellence, discipline and hard work, and always measure your work with global standards,” he said. “Before you pray at night, ask yourself ‘what have I accomplished today?’ If the answer doesn’t satisfy you, don’t sleep.”
2. Kosi Yankey
Kosi Yankey is a ghanaian entreprneur who is currently working with Engineers Without Borders(EWB)’s Business Development Sector to develop a training program for agribusinesses in Africa through Mobile Business Clinics. She is the Founder and CEO of Nuba Foods and Commodities, an organisation helping to bridge the gap between local farmers and industries in the West African sub-region by sourcing agricultural raw materials from smallholder farmers and supplying them to the industries. Born in Ghana, Kosi Yankey developed an interest in microfinance in the banking institutions of the West, living in both London and New York. It is her ultimate goal that over the next half decade, Nuba should be the brand of choice for West African families no matter where they live. She is one of the young promising entrepreneurs that Ghana is looking up to to bring about tremendous change in some areas of the country’s business world.
These were her words in an interview:
“As an entrepreneur, I think I am defined by how I approach everything in life and the way my mind works. I constantly have an urge to understand situations and find solutions for most problems I encounter. In my mind this quickly translates into ways to have impact – start a business that will employ people, develop valuable products, and provide profit for the entrepreneur and investors.”
3. David Osei
David Osei is a young and award winning Ghanaian entrepreneur. David is the Co-founder, (in partnership with Kamil Nabong and Philips Effah) and CEO of Dropifi Limited, Africa’s first technology startup to be accepted into Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups Accelerator Program. He was named one of 2014’s 40 under 40 by the New York based The Network Journal. And was one of the businessmen invited to the 1st US – Africa Business Forum by Bloomberg in Washington. David has been a guest speaker at Harvard University, Stanford University, where he speaks on Venture Financing Africa and Accelerating African Startups. Dropifi was also came 3rd in 2012 Forbes Africa Magazine’s Top 20 Technology Start Up Companies in Africa.
In an interview with howwemadeitinafrica.com, David Osei said this to advice upcoming entrepreneurs:
“It is okay to fail, but it is not okay to not know when you are failing. You need to know when something is going wrong and what is causing that very thing to go wrong.”
4. Alex Adjei Bram
Alex Adjei Bram is the Co-founder and General Manager of the SMSGH, a leading mobile and internet value added service (VAS) providers in Africa owned by young Ghanaian entrepreneurs. He is a Ghanaian upcoming entrepreneur who has gained global recognition in recent times. Alex read chemistry at KNUST. the firm is growing by leaps and bounds and from in its ninth year, it has run on the back of its three major platforms/apps; MYtxtBOX, Jumpfon, and MPower Payments which have grown its customer base to over 25 million across four African countries including Nigeria and Cameroun in West Africa and Kenya in East Africa, and has a registered representative office in the United States of America for the authentication of electronic payments. In 2013, he was featured in a United Nations General Assembly conference on promoting entrepreneurship as a means to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
5. Fred Deegbe
Frederick Deegbe, popularly known as the shoemaker that heels the world is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, who was formerly a banker but left the job and went into shoe design. He is the Co-founder and Chief Shoemaker of “Heel the World” shoe production and design company in Accra, Ghana. He gave the company that name because of his vision to impact not only Africa but the entire world. He was motivated by Ghana’s over-dependence on foreign goods, and specifically, the local mindset that quality designer shoes cannot be produced in his home country. Fred graduated from the Asheshi University where he served as the second president of the Ashesi Student Council, and played a lead role in helping define a culture for Ashesi’s student community.
Narrating how it all started, here is what Fred had to say:
I once visited a friend who laughed me to scorn because I wore one of those kinds of shoes that look like they are mocking the wearer; [If you’ve had one, you will definitely know what I mean]. In a bid to restore my dignity, I went in search of a better pair of shoes. A few steps down the street, I spotted this beautiful pair of shoes; As I admired them in the window of the store, a shoeshine boy walked by. I raced outside to ask him if he could make a pair like these. He said it was impossible. I was stunned. I asked if he could make a shoe not a spaceship! This encounter with the shoeshine boy prompted the journey which I am on right now. When I began, many people laughed at me for making Ghanaian shoes. A year later I am on my way to the World Economic Forum in Ethiopia BECAUSE of my Ghanaian shoes.”
“Heel the World is more than a shoe company – it is a social enterprise that counters perceptions of the quality and capabilities of Ghanaian craftsmanship,” Fred said.
Today, with his experience at Ashesi and a year after starting a shoe company, Fred is working to teach more young Africans about entrepreneurship and leadership; and Heel The World’s presence is being felt all over the world. The company is providing jobs for local shoemakers, has supported other young entrepreneurs financially and is planning to set up a resource repository for would-be entrepreneurs to tap into. Heel The World also runs a small foundation that continues to work with non-profit organisations to support deprived communities in Ghana.