Nominations for Women in Entrepreneurship Awards unveiled

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Madam Sylvia Tweneboah-Koduah speaking at the event

The Women in Entrepreneurship Ghana (WIEG), has announced a shortlist of its nominees for the second edition of the Women in Entrepreneurship Awards (WIEA) set to take place in September 2022, in Accra.

The nominations feature some tough competition in 22 categories, including Made in Ghana Product of the Year; Social Entrepreneur of the Year; Student Entrepreneur of the Year; Innovative Business of the Year; Family Business of the Year; Micro/Small Business Entrepreneur; Woman Entrepreneur of the Year; Professional Service Entrepreneur of the Year.

Others are Most Promising Entrepreneur of the Year; Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year; Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year; Creative Industry Entrepreneur of the Year; Food Entrepreneur of the Year; Beverage Brand of the Year; Financial Service Provider of the Year; Insurance Company of the Year; Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year; and Health and Well-being Entrepreneur of the Year.

WIEA 2022, which is being supported by the ‘Ecobank Elevate Programme’, seeks to recognise, honour and encourage women entrepreneurs contributing to economic growth and driving the women empowerment agenda.

Speaking at the launch of the second edition, Madam Sylvia Tweneboah-Koduah, President of WIEG, said the award scheme sought to encourage more women to embrace entrepreneurship with much emphasised on financial literacy.

She observed that the sustainability of businesses was a major issue, hence, the need to offer women the requisite training, assistance, and mentoring in how to establish and expand their businesses.

Madam Tweneboah-Koduah, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of WIEA, noted that WIEA would not focus on awarding just winners of the various categories, but to recognise all nominees and build their capacity.

Dr Loretta Sarpong, Head of Ellevate Desk at Ecobank Ghana PLC, who described the initiative as laudable, added that, empowering young people, especially girls, could help build a more equitable community.

“We partnered with WIEA because the main idea of the Ecobank Ellevate Programme is to partner businesses owned by women and women focused businesses; businesses with 20 per cent female employees or companies producing/manufacturing for women,” she said.

Dr Sarpong mentioned that Ecobank was willing to provide financial and non-financial support at affordable prices, saying, they had varied products and services to support their ‘ellevate’ customers to grow their businesses from one level to another.

The maiden edition saw Madam Josephine Aku Selorm Gator walk home with the ultimate award- Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, whereas, some dignitaries including Stacy Amoateng, Oheneyere Gifty Anti, Tagoe Sisters and Dr Erieka Bennett, receiving honorary awards.

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