OneDistrict Yellow flyer 2018

2018 One District One Factory Challenge

COMPETITION BACKGROUND

In 2016, H.E. The President, Nana Akuffo-Addo announced a plan to develop one factory in each of Ghana’s 216 districts. These factories are intended to spur on economic transformation through industrialization. According to the Minister designate for Trade and Industry, Mr Alan Kyeremanten, the program’s goals are “first to create massive employment all over the country and secondly to add value to [Ghana’s] natural resource base.” [1]

Currently, most of the manufacturing activity within the country takes place within five major cities - Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale, and Tema. With this initiative, the government seeks to spread industrial activity, so that other parts of the country can benefit from subsequent growth.  

This ambitious undertaking requires both public and private sector and civil society to work together. These include the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ghana Investment Promotion Center, the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and more.

In support of this vision, GREMKAY International seeks not only to generate feasible solutions through the Innovate Ghana competition, but to prepare and equip the youth with the skills needed to support industrialization. Our annual program features a two-week workshop to help finalists refine ideas, teaching them key concepts in entrepreneurship, design and engineering. Since 2013, we have had over 160 young people pass through this program, from over 10 academic institutions across the country.

 

OBJECTIVES

In 2017, the Innovate Ghana Competition will be held in collaboration with CSIR, to generate viable proposals from citizens for promising enterprises / factories within their districts.

Ideal proposals will receive technical assistance from CSIR, and will be evaluated for implementation within CSIR’s mandate. Proposals must:

  • Describe in detail the type of product to be produced (can be accompanied by illustration if applicable)

  • Processes and equipment required to produce

  • Describe the target market for the product

  • Identify what local resources within the district will be utilized in production and what external resources are required

  • Identify costs of production and finances required for production

  • Describe the social, environmental and economic impacts of production (especially within the district)

 

ELIGIBILITY

The competition will be open to Ghanaian individuals or teams of no more than 3. Students and graduates with projects, early stage entrepreneurs (excluding established corporations) are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should:

  • Demonstrate entrepreneurship and innovation

  • Be locally-driven or locally-led

  • Deliver economic, social and environmental benefits

  • Meet district-specific needs

 

ENTRY PERIOD AND APPLICATION


The competition will be open to application on 11th December, 2018 (06:00 GMT) – 30th March, 2018 (00:00 GMT). Two different workshops will be organized in January, 2018 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and the University of Ghana, Legon. Interested individuals or teams may apply by visiting www.innovategh.com and following the instructions before the deadline.

 

Entry requirements

  • Each team/individual must have unique name.

  • Each team/individual could represent any of the 10 regions of the country.

  • Each team/individual can submit proposals for a maximum of 5 districts in a region.

  • Proposals must be original, innovative and feasible.

 

Proposals must:

  • Indicate region and district of interest

  • Describe in detail the type of product to be produced (can be accompanied by illustration if applicable)

  • Describe processes and equipment required to produce

  • Describe the target market for the product

  • Identify what local resources within the district will be utilized in production and what external resources are required

  • Identify costs of production and finances required for production

  • Describe the social, environmental and economic impacts of production (especially within the district)

By submitting a proposal, the applicant certifies that:

  • the applicant is the creator of the submission

  • the applicant owns all rights to the submission

  • the submission does not infringe upon or violate the intellectual property, privacy, or other rights of any third party

  • Any intellectual property belonging to other third parties referenced in the proposal are properly attributed and/or included with permission where required.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

 

First round selection

The first round of selection of proposals be completed in March 2018 following two workshops at:

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi: 3-day workshop on January 7-10, 2018

  • University of Ghana in Legon: 2-day intensive workshop at on January 19-20, 2018.

Selected applicants will be notified via their e-mails and will also be posted on the website and social media pages of Innovate Ghana.

 

Final round selection

First round finalists will be required to develop detailed business plans, market research, and may also be required to attend interim workshops between March and August to further refine their ideas. The finalists will have the chance to pitch their final proposals to a panel of experts who will crown the winners in a final award ceremony in August, 2018.