Oracle and the Government of Ghana have established a new collaborative partnership to support technology-enabled startups and entrepreneurs across Ghana. Announced during a launch event in Accra on April 4, the Ghana Oracle Digital Enterprise Program leverages resources from Oracle’s global startup program to support 500 local startups with access to Oracle Cloud technology, mentoring, workshops, marketing and business-enablement resources.
Oracle’s global startup program is a unique acceleration program for startups that puts the vast technology and business resources of Oracle behind emerging businesses to help them scale and succeed. The global program, which does not take equity, serves startups at scale by enabling next-generation growth, business development, and drives cloud-based ingenuity for startups, customers, and Oracle—creating a virtuous cycle of innovation.
Ghana Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said the Ghana-Oracle partnership will be a game-changer for Ghana’s digital advancement and encouraged the youth to take advantage of the new initiative: “I encourage technology enthusiasts, startups and tech companies to take advantage of all the avenues created by the government of Ghana and through this partnership with Oracle.”
“We are on a journey toward increasing the application of science, technology and innovation in the development of our economy, society and our country, and it’s a priority of this government,” said Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana. “This partnership will enhance the growth of our budding technology sector and should spur a wave of innovative ideas from entrepreneurs that will provide solutions to local and global challenges and provide digital jobs for the ever-increasing young population.”
A core tenet of Oracle’s startup program is to support global and diverse startups regardless of location, helping to reach and enable entrepreneurs across every corner of the world, especially those in emerging markets.
“The technology and business ingenuity coming out of Africa is exciting and inspiring,” said Jason Williamson, vice president, Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem. “Collaborating with the government and President Akufo-Addo is an excellent way to provide immediate impact and support for hundreds of innovators across the country of Ghana as we look to expand our commitment to more entrepreneurs and startups in Africa.”
Employees from Oracle's global startup program and Oracle Africa have been working closely for months to create an initiative that leverages the best resources from Oracle’s startup program coupled with the support of the government and local innovation hubs to enable 500 emerging companies to scale and grow their businesses.
“The resourcefulness, creativity, character and ingenuity of the people of Ghana is unparalleled,” said Maria Forney, Business Development Lead for Oracle’s startup program. “The opportunity to support the government’s commitment to digitizing its economy is a privilege and honor. Oracle looks forward to helping accelerate the innovation coming out of this vibrant and dynamic country.
Special recognition goes to all the many Oracle employees and partners who are making this partnership possible, including: Adepegba Oduntan, Franlin Asare, Sinem Kaya, Annick Sakho, Jason Williamson, Maria Forney, Tracy Sword, Julia Allyn, Karl Cox, Tash Badenhorst, Arun Khehar, Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Stefan Diedericks and Andrew Sordam.
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