Following the launch of the Women Entrepreneurs Rise platform, the Ghana Enterprises Agency has now partnered with a European academic center. It will help to accelerate the training of women entrepreneurs in West Africa by partnering with the IE Africa Centre.
The IE Africa Centre focuses primarily in African studies. It is part of the Madrid and Segovia-based IE University that specializes in leadership and developing training programmes.
Speaking on the partnership, GEA chief executive Kosi Yankey-Ayeh said “leadership and development are crucial to drive entrepreneurship, so we need to partner with leading global universities such as IE University for institutional growth and development.”
Earlier, GEA executive staff received leadership training from the IE Africa Centre to enable them to achieve their full potential. The partnership has been extended to include professional development of women entrepreneurs.
“Ghana is a key country for the IE Africa Centre because of their high numbers of woman-owned businesses, exceptional political leadership and shared values,” explained centre director Begoña Gomez Fernandez.
Systems that spark change
IE Africa Centre chairperson Felicia Appenteng added: “The centre’s mission is to shine a light on African solutions to global challenges, as such we’re extremely proud to partner with the Ghana Enterprises Agency, to identify, nurture and support African entrepreneurs as they spark systems change.”
The Millennium Development Goals of United Nations emphasize the importance of empowering women. GEA offers financial support, business advisory, and business development services to MSME entrepreneurs to address the issues faced by women and build a resilient economy.
It has implemented interventions specifically aimed at the economic empowerment and development of women in Ghana. This is in addition to the Women Entrepreneurs Rise platform, which was established to bring together successful women leaders, enablers, and network for skills development and knowledge sharing.
IE Africa Centre explained that it employs a system change approach to entrepreneurship, leadership training, encouraging executives and teams to address power dynamics and policies that underlie societal problems.