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AFRI-ONE initiates Accra Youth Startup weekend


  4 Avril      42        Innovation (319), Téchnologie (937),

   

Accra, April 4 (GNA) – AFRI-ONE, a non-profit organisation in partnership with GOOGLE, is initiating an Accra Youth Startup Weekend, to connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources at its first event in Accra.

Throughout the 54-hour event, which starts on Friday, May 27 to May 29, at 6: pm at Fiesta Royale Hotel, North Dzorwulu in Accra, attendees would share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

A statement issued by Miss Chineyenwa Okoro Onu of AFRI-ONE in Accra, on Monday and copied to Ghana News Agency said: “We all are excited about the event and doing our best to make it awesome. It is an exceptional opportunity that not only meets our vision, but also will help us promote entrepreneurship and demonstrate its importance for the youth of Ghana and the future of the youth in Africa.

“This is going to be a great learning experience for the entrepreneurial community in Accra and will encourage growth and innovation in these hard times.

“Our vision at AFRI-ONE is set to be a transformational platform to empower, inspire and connect the youth and in line with our vision we are organising Accra Youth Startup Weekend in partnership with GOOGLE.

“Startup weekend globally aims to grow our community locally and build a supportive entrepreneurial environment.”

The attendees would pitch their ideas to the audience in 60 seconds or less. After teams form, the rest of the weekend would be spent implementing the most popular ideas – with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs.

On May 29 teams would be ready to present their ideas before a panel of judges; winners would be awarded prizes, which would help teams continue their startups after the weekend.

Around 150 participants are expected to partake in the event. Additionally, Startup mentors would be on hand throughout the weekend to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of start-ups.

The participants comprising local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and people interested in building businesses and help their local communities to come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Startupweekend hopes to support the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving ideas to the market.

The event has built a network of more than 55,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organisers and 100 trained facilitators spread across more than 300 cities in 100 countries.

Google for entrepreneurs, Amazon, and Coca Cola and Dot Co are sponsors of the event.

For more information one could visit www.afrioneproject.org, www.afri-oneyouthforum.org or http://accra-youth@startupweekend.org/ Facebook: Handle, AFRI-ONEYOUTHFORUM

JA/HAN

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