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Ghana Tech Lab Hosts Scaling Local Innovation(SLI) COVID Challenge Climax

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Aug. 6, 2020, 4:28 p.m.

The Climax of the Scaling Local Innovation(SLI) COVID challenge has been organized by Ghana Tech Lab.

The ceremony was to outdoor local innovations birthed from the challenge.

The SLI COVID-19 Challenge is an initiative by Ghana Tech Lab in collaboration with Mastercard Foundation, Ministry of Communications , Young Africa Works, The World Bank with other support from MEST and Emergency Medicine Society of Ghana.

The initiative was to support local entrepreneurs with relevant innovations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at the local level with an amount of $10,000.

Speaking to the Digital Times, Mr. Norbert Dziwornu (one of the Leads of the Program) stated that the SLI COVID-19 challenge received 199 applicants across the country.

He explained that out of the total number, 75 percent were men and 25 percent were women.

“Finally 6 applicants were selected out of the 15 to assist them in scaling their innovations in order to combat the virus as well as promote local innovations,” he said.

According to him, with support from partners, participants were equipped to build lasting solutions and additionally create jobs directly and indirectly for the youth during and after the pandemic.

At the end of the challenge, 54 jobs were created while 20,418 services and products were created, he added.

Bless Satsi, Founder Blix Surface Wipes explained that the Sli COVID challenge has equipped a startup such as hers to be relevant in the startup scene by bringing to life her innovation.

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According to her, it would have been difficult to raise funds to boost her initiative if not for the challenge.

Explaining her innovation, she indicated that her concept was aimed at disinfecting surfaces since people get infected as a result of contact with surfaces touched by infected people.

She said that the product has been supplied to organizations such as banks and other organizations across the country.

“The products are currently on the market and are available at Max Mart”, She added.

Brenda Akuokor Dua, Signature Couture, who produced Nose Masks, stated that there was more to the challenge than producing emergency COVID-19 supplies.

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She revealed that finalists were taken through mentorship sessions and business support sessions to enable them position themselves better on the business front.

She lauded the Sli COVID Challenge organized by Ghana Tech Lab and urged innovators to participate in such initiatives in order to realize opportunities.

The nose masks, she added, are being made for individuals and organizations to cover up in prevention of the virus.

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