YISD Challenge applicants pitch business ideas

By Rashid Mbugri, GNA

Tamale, Dec. 07, GNA – Sixteen innovative
businesses from the northern sector of the country that have qualified for the
first stage of Youth Innovation for Sustainable Development (YISD) Challenge
have pitched their innovative business proposals in a bid to win the prize.

The business proposals presented included;
arts innovations, multimedia platforms for the deaf and blind, a technology to
detect air quality and reusable sanitary pads among others.

The winners will receive $5,000 each besides
mentorship and support services to test, validate and scale up their

The YISD is aimed at unlocking and
harnessing the creative and innovative potentials of the youth through
motivation and support to develop innovative ideas and test ground-breaking
solutions with the potential for scaling up towards acceleration of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

It is being championed by the National Youth
Authority (NYA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) on the theme: “Connecting Youth for Continental Transformation”.

Mr Sylvester Mathew Tetteh, Chief Executive
Officer of NYA, who spoke during the pitching session in Tamale, urged judges,
who would select the eventual winners of the competition, to be dispassionate
in their judgement to select innovations that would help address developmental
challenges in communities in the country.

Mr Kordzo Sedegah, Economic Specialist at
UNDP, whose speech was read on his behalf, encouraged the youth to be more
meticulous and ready to take up opportunities such as the YISD Challenge to
empower and improve on their livelihoods and those of others.

He gave the assurance that the UNDP would
continue to support activities to help nurture the talents of the youth and
shape their ideas into realities. 

The NYA and UNDP will hold a similar event
in the southern part of the country on December 10, where 23 others will pitch
their innovative business ideas.

A total of 16 innovative business ideas will
be selected and awarded the prize money on December 14, in Accra to put their
ideas into realities. 


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