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General News of Friday, 5 April 2019


Over 1,000 tech startups benefit from digital enterprise programme

Over a thousand technology startups are set to benefit from a digital enterprise programme this year.

The Ghana- Oracle Digital Enterprise program is a partnership between government and US tech company, Oracle, which will help the startups develop and sustain their digital skills.

The partnership between government and Oracle will provide mentorship to the selected IT Startups.

The companies will also receive resources from Oracle to build their capacity and also expand their operations.

The startups would have to pitch their ideas to a panel to receive that support.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said the partnership fits into government’s digitalization agenda.

“The people and the government of Ghana are not ignorant of the advantages and the advances of the digital age. We are embracing and indulging in new technology pattern and with open minds,” he said.

On her part, the startups Director of Oracle’s Global Startup Ecosystem, Maria Foney said their decision to choose Ghana as the first spot in Africa for the startup programme is due to the country’s creative potentials.

She stated that “As important as these large entities are to the economy of Ghana, we must not overlook the critical role the startups play in providing employment in strengthening the economy and delivering unique solutions to some of the world’s pressing challenges.”

The beneficiary companies should use technology to solve some of the problems in the country across various sectors including education, health, environment and Agriculture. Some of the selected startups pitched their ideas to a panel at the launch.

Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu Ekuful said the partnership will promote digital inclusion in the country.