The Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West–Wuogon, Honourable Lydia Alhassan pledged her assistance for the establishment of a Business Innovation Hub at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS). She said this when she paid a courtesy call on Professor Justice Nyigmah Bawole, Dean of the University of Ghana Business School, on 15th October, 2019.
The Dean, after exchanging pleasantries with the MP, expressed his delight in the visit. He mentioned that UGBS is always on the lookout for opportunities to enhance the skillset of all students who enrol in its programmes. As such, among other initiatives, UGBS is seeking to establish an Incubation and Innovation Hub for student entrepreneurs or “stupreneurs” to receive skills and funding to enable their business ideas to become a reality. The Hub would have conference sections for seminars and Wi-Fi connections to enhance business research.
Dr. George Acheampong, a lecturer with the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, who is also a member of the team directing the initiative, described in detail how the Hub will be designed. He mentioned that the Hub will have a working section, where ‘stupreneurs’ can work on their ideas; sections for seminars and pitches, and a recreational section where ‘stupreneurs’ can relax.
Speaking on the Innovation Hub, Hon. Alhassan stated that this initiative was in line with her objectives to create a business incubator and create a space for ‘stupreneurs’ to display their work. She added that she was interested in enabling the youth to empower themselves through entrepreneurship. She promised to support the initiative in any way that she can.
The Dean then added that UGBS plans to hold seminars targeted primarily at students who are not enrolled in the institution but wish to sharpen their skills in business. He stated that he looks forward to having a partnership with Hon. Alhassan, to assist in training students in order to augment their entrepreneurship skills. The meeting ended with a tour of the rooms to be converted into the Incubation and Innovation Hub.
The meeting also had in attendance: Mr. Emmanuel Poku-Sarkodee, the School Administrator Mrs. Selina Saaka, the Assistant Registrar, and Mr Emmanuel Dadzie, Technical Advisor to the Minister for Communication.
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