The Business startup competition, The Ghana Startup Cup 2014, has shifted into higher gear with an announcement of the fifteen (15) Semi finalists to progress in the competition.
From the pool of applicants, these semi-finalists were selected by a jury made up of professionals, entreprenuers and investors like Lexis Bill, JoyFM; Ethel D. Cofie, Edel Technologies; Wayne Miranda, Growth Mosaic; Thomson Tsuwa, RtHE Consult; Beatrice Odonkor, Tiffany Consult; Nathan Pritzker, Startup America; Kweku Fleming, Stanford SEED; and Leticia Browne, Ghana Angel Investor Network.
The Ghana Startup cup is a business startup competition that is unique for accelerating business ideas from concept to market in a very short time. These fifteen companies will now go on to the next stage of mentoring and pitching. The number will be cut down further before the ultimate winner is announced.
In no particular order, here are the 15 semi finalists for the 2014 edition of the Ghana Startup Cup;
A mobile application that provides market insight and industry information to businesses
Children’s Art Festival Ghana:
A Reach for Change, Tigo Ghana and Devio Arts Centre -Led festival aimed at inspiring creativity among children and encouraging parents to appreciate art. Provides recreation activities which Children and young people can learn to develop their creative minds using both visual and digital art forms.
Online portal which allows users to consult with licensed doctors through secured email, live chat on on the web, or book a phone appointment to speak to the medical doctor on phone.
Swappaholics is an innovative and interactive online swapping portal that was couched from the famous barter trading system. Swappaholics involves people listing items they want to swap (I have) for items they need (I want).
A full service advertising agency comprised of tech geeks, creative designers, innovative storytellers, and strategists helping brands build close relationships with their customers in real time.
A digital platform for Ghanaian music offering music streaming, industry news and events updates.
Developers of a mobile app called “Order Now” to give a visual and exact representation of food from various restaurants and enable users to just select their food item and send to restaurants in real time
Pineapple Orchard Ltd:
Engages in large scale pineapple cultivation for both the local and foreign market
A unit which puts the power of your refrigerator in a small and compact disposal unit to control sanitation
The primary focus of Tenth Reign is to keep nursing mothers informed about child care best practices through mobile technology and a multi-stakeholder approach
Smart Fix Ghana:
An online platform that creates marketing opportunities for freelance artisans, handymen and construction workers such as plumbers, electricians, landscapers etc, through which they can market their services
An online marketplace for apparel and accessories suppliers and dressmakers to connect and sell to the Ghanaian internet accessible population
E-Group Research & Teaching Consult:
An SMC University, Switzerland partnered portal which provides online tutorial system to complement the online learning platform of schools
F&Q Concept Development Center:
Developers of iShare, a mobile app that enables users to trade (buy & sell shares) on the stock market
A crowd funding platform which connects the initiators and startup businesses with venture capitalists or angel investors to support their ventures.
You can also visit the competition website