In Accra, Ghana 180 start-ups and innovation hubs from Germany and Africa met in mid-February to promote dialogue and exchange among each other and to discuss how to reach a conducive policy environment. The German African Entrepreneurship Summit (GAES), which was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, took place as a side event to the German African Business Summit (GABS) Partners were the Ghanaian Ministry for Business Development, the Delegation of German Business to Ghana, the Ghana Tech and Business Hub Network, the pan-African hub network Afrilabs and the policy initiative i4policy. Make IT was also involved and used the event to start the operational planning of Make IT in Ghana.
In a panel discussion with representatives from i4policy, Afrilabs and the Ghanaian government on the need for policy reforms, Matthias Fröhlich-Rehfeld from Make-IT stressed the need for a collaborative approach between government and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. “Getting a country start-up ready does not mean that we support a few innovation hub managers. It rather means that we lift some weight from their shoulders and support all other stakeholders to become start-up ready”.
The two-day programme was full of lectures, a panel discussion and workshops on how to involve civil society in policy making, funding opportunities for start-ups and opportunities to enter the European market. On the second day, participants had access to the GABS; where they had the opportunity to make contact with German and international companies.