This final post looks at iSpace in Ghana. iSpace supports budding entrepreneurs with all their business needs while also connecting them to potential investors. In 2015 iSpace supported 48 start-ups, 17 of which were led by women.
Dziffa.com – Created a great product but unsure how to market it? Dziffa.com connects global consumers to local manufacturers in West Africa. The website was created to expand the global reach of local African products across the world. Local businesses can access a global market quickly and easily and increase their sources of income. The online store now has over 300 products listed and Dziffa has over 2,500 likes on Facebook.
SunShade Energy – I’m always thrilled to see ideas which can help to protect the environment. SunShade Energy has created cleverly designed windows which can reduce energy use in the home. A shade blocks the sun’s rays while the system captures the solar energy and stores it. This energy can then be used for lighting within the home. SunShade won the Negawatt Challenge in Ghana in September 2015 which gave the team the chance to participate in the Smart City Expo in Barcelona in November where SunShade was recognised as Most Original Idea.
Lending Square – Lending Square links lenders and borrowers, allowing individual investors and individuals to connect and agree terms, facilitating better rates for borrowers and greater returns for investors. As the servicing of the loan takes place entirely online, with no branch infrastructure, costs can be kept lower. Lending Square now has a team of 10 members of staff.
I’m really looking forward to hearing how all these start-ups develop. Which are your favourites? Do you have any great ideas for start-ups where you are?