Vodafone partners with MEST and NexInnova to accelerate SME business growthBizlynx, the network of investors, corporates and SMEs brought to you by NexInnova and MEST was launched on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at Kukun in Osu with Vodafone Business Solutions as the headline sponsor. Bizlynx’s purpose is to forge business links to help accelerate the growth of SMEs through investment and innovation.The idea was sparked by the need to create an inclusive ecosystem that would serve as a bridge between investors, corporates and SMEs.
The event was attended by industry players, investors and SMEs. The selection of SMEs chosen by Vodafone to participate in the Bizlynx maiden event came from a cross section of industries ranging from agro-processing, architecture to HR companies.
The main objectives of:
- Building a community to foster local innovation
- Creating a pipeline of qualified investment opportunities
- Developing a platform to showcase the innovation initiatives of member enterprises
Speaking about the programme, Director of Vodafone Business Solutions, Angela Mensah-Poku, said:
‘’We are excited about this unique programme, which among other benefits, will help address two of the key challenges facing SMEs - innovation and funding. It is such a great honour for us as telecommunication network to be fronting this wonderful initiative that will change the face of SMEs in Ghana. It is our belief that the outcome of this programme will serve its purpose.’’
At the event SME’s got an opportunity to speed network with investors, connect with Tech Start-ups from the MEST Incubator on their latest innovations and learn more about Vodafone’s Digital Agenda.
Otema Yirenkyi, NexInnova’s Founder and CEO said: “We chose Kukun to host the maiden event because the place is run by a young entrepreneur, located in an area earmarked for creatives and tech entrepreneurs. We hope in the Kukun over breakfast we were able to nurture and hopefully ignite some investment opportunities.”
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