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Business News of Wednesday, 29 May 2019


Ghanaian business emerges third at Oxford University Africa Innovation Fair

Bridget Boakye Bridget Boakye, a talent searching platform backed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) Skills Assessment algorithm, emerged the third start-up business at the Oxford University Africa Innovation Fair 2019.

The Oxford Africa Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference on Africa, hosted by the University of Oxford Africa Society, which brings together Heads of State, policymakers, business leaders, academics, artists, students, and professionals from Africa to critically expand the discourse on business improvement on the Continent.

The event was on the theme: “Africa’s Relevance: Locally, Continentally, and Globally.”

A statement issued by management of quoted Madam Bridget Boakye, Co-Founder of the Platform, as saying: “We are happy to share with our candidates, employers, investors, friends, and well-wishers that we were among the top finalists at this year’s Oxford Africa Conference Innovation Fair hosted by the University of Oxford Africa Society. We were the only Ghanaian business listed among the finalists this year.”

It said pitching at Oxford was a wonderful opportunity as it further validated the Platform’s vision and commitment to work.

The statement said the mission to connect and tackle youth unemployment by matching one million young Africans to jobs by 2024 might seem impossible to many but ‘‘we believe that we could use technology, data, and strategic partnerships to make a huge dent on the problem.’’

“We cannot continue to complain and or fear youth unemployment and do nothing about it. We must be intentional about tackling this issue on a grand scale,” it said.

The statement commended the leadership of Oxford University and the entire Innovation Team for their tremendous support and validation.

It expressed the hope that the platform could similarly unlock opportunities for millions of young Africans without access to influential networks.

"We are on a mission to democratise opportunities for all Africans through exposure and skills," it added.