The Design and Technology Institute (DTI), Ghana’s first privately accredited TVET institution, has launched the first phase of the second edition of its Community Innovation Competition for learners.
The initiative is a business pitch and accelerator program designed to identify and scale promising learner and youth-led enterprises with the potential to create sustainable employment for young Ghanaians.
The competition forms part of a three-year Young Africa Works’ ‘Transforming youth TVET livelihoods for sustainable jobs’ partnership between DTI and the Mastercard Foundation. Young Africa Works is the Mastercard Foundation’s strategy that will enable 30 million young people, particularly young women, to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.
As part of the first phase of the competition, DTI learners were put into 15 groups and asked to find sustainable solutions to problems in their communities.
On December 16, 2021, the groups took turns presenting the prototypes of their business models to a team of carefully selected judges who assessed the prototype business models.
Out of the 15 groups, 10 groups made it to the next stage where they will be mentored by great minds and experts in the industry to turn their prototypes into real businesses.
Some of the groups whose prototypes made it to the next stage of the competition include; Drone fire extinguisher, rice seedling transplanter, multipurpose wheelchair, plastic shredder, and wall plastering machine among others.