Adonten Senior School will represent Ghana at the Company of the Year Competition in Kigali, Rwanda after emerging winners of the National Business Pitch Competition. They emerged winners in a keenly contested competition among fifteen Senior High Schools who were selected from 40 who undertook training under the JA Company Program organized by JA Ghana. The purpose of the competition was to change the mindset of students about waiting on the government for employment after school.
The Dinner and Awards Gala was held at the Fiesta Royale Hotel to climax the pitch competition which took place at the Academic City University College. Executive Director at JA Ghana, Abeiku Greene during his welcome address commended students that participated in the competition. He described them as ”architects for the future and pioneers and whose innovations possess the power to rewrite the narrative of the economy and the society’.
In attendance were the Deputy Minister for Education Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, who was the guest speaker, and United Nations Resident Coordinator to Ghana, H.E Charles Abani. In an interaction with MX24 News on the sidelines, Rev. Ntim Fodjour extolled these young entrepreneurs and expressed government’s readiness to partner with JA Ghana to scale up the competition and increase the number of participants from 40 schools.
Achievement awards were presented to some schools who performed exceptionally during the pitch competition. O’Reilly Senior High School won the “project management” and “excellence in teamwork” awards. Tarkwa Senior High School’s Automated Multifunctional Tractor won the Future Tech Innovation award. Aburi Girls SHS won the Public Choice Award, Keta Senior High School won the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award with ST. Thomas Aquinas’ Agritech Company bagging the Social Impact Award.
ST. Francis Girls SHS received the 1st Runner Up Award. O’Reilly Senior High School were the stars of the night when they were crowned 2nd Runner Up summing their awards for the night up to three. Emotions went out of control when the team from Adonten SHS who presented the Potable Electronic Lunch Bag, PELB, were crowned winners of the JA Ghana Business Pitch Competition 2023.
ST. Francis SHS received a cheque of GHS 5,000 for their 3rd place position with O’Reilly Senior SHS receiving GHS 10,000 for the 2nd place position. Winners of the competition, Adonten received a GHS 15,000 cheque in addition to some other items from the partners.