MTN Unveils Roadshow and Platforms Accelerator 2023 Challenge

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Accelerator Challenge

 

MTN Ghana, the leading telecommunications giant, has announced the launch of its Roadshow and Platforms Accelerator 2023 challenge.

This initiative is tailored to empower startups by granting them access to MTN’s diverse digital platforms, providing them with the means to expand their businesses and optimize their financial potential.

At an engagement session held in Accra with this year’s participants, Daniel Ahlijah, the Product Manager, highlighted how the platform’s accelerator fosters innovation within the tech sphere. He specifically emphasized its role in empowering young innovators aspiring to create solutions tailored for the Ghanaian and African markets.”

“As part of our long-term strategy to develop and own some of the best platforms in Africa, the MTN platforms accelerator is gathering the innovators in the space who want to generate solutions for the market in Ghana and Africa,” he elaborated. The platforms include MTN Momo, Chenosis, Àyoba, and Tech Hub among others.

Participants for this year’s competition were drawn from all the regions across the country except for Western, Winnie Dzidonu, Manager, Digital Platforms at MTN Ghana noted.

“This year’s roadshow extended to the Volta region but unfortunately we were not able to go to Takoradi in the Western region due to the demise of one of our hub owners,” she elaborated.

She added that the Accra roadshow being the finale for 2023 has over 50 persons registered in the accelerator. “Our goal is to get to at least 200 registrations so that we can get these startups on to Ayoba.

“We have gone around the country and there have been quite many entries. As we continue to go along there would be a list of the final group of finalists who would be going to the final stage and out of that we will pick the winners, she also said.

According to her, the meeting is the beginning of a few more engagements to the final engagement where the winners will be declared to have provided the best solution in the market.”

Concerning monitoring Benedict Bentel, Senior Manager for Enterprise Marketing and Portfolio Management indicated that the company continues to engage with the participants even after the competition.

“The nature of this program is such that we cannot take our hands off the winners or even the participants. It is a continuous process and throughout the lifetime of their business, we continue to provide mentorship, support, and resources to them.

“Even those who won last year continue to have engagement with MTN and those who will win this year will also join that same cohort,” he added.

He assured that MTN remains committed to equipping them with essential business and technological knowledge, empowering them to craft top-notch applications.

The winners of this year’s competition in categories such as the most installed micro-app, expert’s choice, best Chenosis solution, and best MoMo solution will each be awarded GHC 20,000. Additionally, the recipient of the prestigious Tech Hub award will receive a substantial GHC 50,000 prize.

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