Winners of the maiden presidential pitch yesterday received their prizes from President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House after a brief ceremony.
The Presidential Pitch, a project designed and organised by the Ministry of Business Development to offer young Ghanaian entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 the opportunity to market their business ideas and get financial assistance to implement those ideas saw ten winners receiving various sums of monies after their ideas were presented to a group of judges.
The project is in line with the President’s vision to assist young entrepreneurs to nurture their business ideas and improve livelihoods.
Presenting the ten lucky winners with their cash prizes yesterday, President Akufo-Addo stated that the prosperity of Ghana lies with the youth who have the gift and determination to create new ideas that can propel economic growth.
He said the nation stands to suffer if “our young people don’t have the capacity to think, create, innovate, it is going to be difficult for us in the years ahead.”
Describing them as pioneers in the first ever presidential pitch, the President assured them that his government will give them the necessary support to ensure that their businesses thrive.
“I’m here to let you know that it will be done and so that the world will also know that I’m a man of my word,” he assured.
19-year-old Vanessa Aisha Limann, a graduate of Methodist Girls’ High School was adjudged the overall winner in the maiden edition of the pitch.
More than 2,000 business proposals were submitted for the competition to receive funding for business growth and expansion, but only 500 proposals were selected and further reduced to 20, out of which ten were selected for the final pitch competition.