Ghana’s top CEOs who advised more than 300 young entrepreneurs in an online mentoring program held in Accra have selected twenty of the mentors for a learning program with their companies to improve their business skills.
Business leaders and CEOs who will receive mentorships in their companies are members of the Stanford Seed Transformation Network, Ghana (STN), organizers of the mentoring program.
CEOs will provide individual and hands-on sessions with mentors during the apprenticeship period and will also provide practical advice and guidance on how to make their budding businesses successful and sustainable.
In the mentoring program, CEOs shared real-life business ideas and examples to help learners appreciate the needs and actions needed to strengthen and empower them to grow effectively and achieve business success.
In her initial comments, Ms. Linda Yaa Ampah, president of Stanford’s Seed Transformation Network, noted that navigating the business world can be a very hard endeavor without knowledge of how successful companies are.
Therefore, STN Ghana has developed the mentoring program to bring together veteran entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs to enable budding entrepreneurs to learn from the experience of successful entrepreneurs to encourage them to succeed on the chosen paths.
Sammy Appenteng, CEO of the Joissam Group, who spoke on “Entrepreneurship: What It Means and What It Needs,” said it’s important for employers to build technical and business knowledge in their areas of work to lay a solid foundation for their business.
“Only the image and the façade without knowledge do not make a successful entrepreneur. Having a clear appreciation of the business with the necessary personal and business skills can help entrepreneurs succeed and maintain their business, ”he said.
Romeo Bugyei, CEO of the IT Consortium, who spoke about what to do and what not to do about entrepreneurship, advised learners to strive to undertake research in the business they want to undertake before diving. hi.
Research, he said, was critical as it allows entrepreneurs to know what’s in the chosen industry and the problems customers have in starting to find and offer solutions that translate into companies with long-term prospects.
“While working, also remember to be socially responsible by paying taxes and respecting all other legal obligations,” he said.
Stanford Seed’s Elikem Commey spoke on “The Human Resource Needs of Entrepreneurship”. He stressed the need for employers to have realistic and strong resumes and advised them to make a conscious effort to avoid the kind of online resume template that would not help to reflect their true capabilities.
“Develop your resume on what you can offer instead of reproducing the online resume templates that everyone uses and that doesn’t help you show who you are,” he said, offering to help budding entrepreneurs structure their resumes.
Ms. Commey also advised students to grow their credibility and business reputation based on integrity and honesty, as these values can help them succeed and reach the top.
Theresa Ayoade, CEO of Charter House, also shared her entrepreneurial journey with apprentices emphasizing building a career that can become a business. He said it was important to have a passion for what you do so that you can successfully build a business from what you like.
Ms. Ayoade, who addressed the topic “Building a Positive and Productive Career,” was concerned about the current disconnect between the academic curriculum and the industry, which creates a difficulty for students to move from school to the world of work. and advised young people to research and find a passion and interest for which they can learn more and develop businesses.
Barbara Obeng Kamara, spoke about personal branding and noted that people now live in aesthetically literate times that require good presentation and branding.
“Branding is a process and it takes time and practice to get noticed. Confidence is an asset, but you need the substance to be able to speak, ”he said
Coby Asmah, CEO of Type Company, spoke about “Building an efficient team for my start-up” and said entrepreneurial workers are key players in ensuring successful and sustainable business and encouraged young entrepreneurs to take good care of their human resources.
Gustave Nii Ayi, manager of Fidelity Bank, one of the sponsors of the mentoring program, informed the mentees that the bank has created a fund for young entrepreneurs to support new businesses on a scale and advised them to build positive characters and integrity that are important to attract the financial support of financial institutions.