Assoc Prof Solomon Nunoo, Dean, Office of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ORIC)
The UMaT Business Incubation Hub (U-Hub), under the Office of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ORIC), supported by the SNV Green Project, organised a four-day bootcamp for selected Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) under the theme, ‘Green Financing and Carbon Trading; How to access them’. The bootcamp, which was organised for 31 newly admitted SMEs into the Hub, together with 9 graduated enterprises was opened on Monday, 28th March, 2022.
The purpose of the programme was to provide a platform to connect Green enterprises and stakeholders to exchange ideas and learn best business practices from peers and industry experts as well as, to create strong visibility of Green businesses by showcasing the works of SMEs in the Green sector. It was also targeted at providing SMEs with the requisite skills to enable them better manage their businesses.
Assoc Prof Solomon Nunoo, Dean, Office of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ORIC), in his address to open the programme, said that the U-Hub was established as a Centre to transform the output of research into businesses, products and services for the benefit of society. “The mission of the hub is to nurture, grow and develop research outputs, innovations and ideas in businesses, in synergy with SMEs, industry, government and international agencies”, he added.
Also, Assoc Prof Nunoo noted that the various departments of the University provide excellent theoretical foundation and laboratories for the Hub to test products ahead of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and Ghana Standard Authority certifications. In terms of human resources, in-house experts together with industry players provide the Hub with the needed skills and services to ensure the Hub runs effectively. According to the Dean of ORIC, the Hub will develop a database for Green busineses, potential business-to-business markets relevant for SMEs under the Green Incubation Programme, potential internship host companies for opportunities for youth employment and services. Resource persons for the opening programme, Mr Michael Abrokwah, Advisor, SNV Green Energy and Dr Ishmael Quaicoe, Head, Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering, took participants through ‘Green Financing and Carbon Trading; How to access them’, and strategies that will yield sustainable businesses to create job opportunities in the country.
Mr Michael Abrokwah, Advisor, SNV Green Energy
Some graduated SMEs of the Hub present were; Forcefield Limited, Stellyland Ventures, Baanuena Farms, Jekda Enterprise, Chabed Oyster Mushroom, Giftmond’s Animal Production, Enactus Rapid Dry, Bennychamps Enterprise, Antanah Farms, Blankrich Company Limited, Water Force Ventures, DD Lines Enterprise, Uvuko Company Limited, Enva-Clean Brikets, Eric Farms, Phranny Enterprise and Eurooms.
Present at the opening programme were Mr Francis Nyarko, Head of Human Resources Unit, UMaT, Dr Frank Boateng, Vice Dean, ORIC, UMaT, Representatives of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Tarkwa Chamber of Commerce, Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), and Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly.
Some of the Participants
Some of the Participants
Source: University Relations Office