Impact Hub Accra (IHA)

Impact HubImpact Hub Accra (IHA) is part of the global Impact Hub Network with 85 open locations, across 5 regions and 15,000+ members. IHA, the leader of the 5 Impact Hubs in Africa has grown to become Accra’s premier entrepreneurial hotspot. IHA is a collaborative organisation providing growth support services to innovative start-up businesses, including; accelerator programme for entrepreneurs, pitch and leadership workshops, networking events, opportunity to design and prototype, and more. The hub with a 1400sqm space, is an active nexus where different local and global ecosystem players converge and engage Ghana’s vibrant community of entrepreneurs. Over the past couple of years, Impact Hub Accra has built a strong track record of executing on programmes for local and international organisations. IHA has raised capital from and partnered with organisations such as Facebook, Merck, WordPress, US Government’s Broadcasting Board of Governors, Unreasonable Institute, Google, Ashoka etc. As the implementing agency of the US Government-funded Digital & Design Innovation Lab, Impact Hub Accra is already at the forefront of the movement to unite tech and art. The MakerPark will benefit from the social capital and intertwining interests of existing hub projects.


ROLE IN PROJECT

Based  on  its  track  record  in  the  area,  the  main  role  of  IHUB  will  be  to  co-design  and  create multimedia  training  content  (Task  2.4  “Co-development  of  local  content  for  mLearning  systems”)  and  in  the promotion  of  sustainability,  replication  and  exploitation,  for  which  it  will  leverage  its  role  as  an  incubator  in Ghana’s innovation eco-system


PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

William Edem Senyo is the CEO at Impact Hub Accra. He leads a diverse team of talented people from all over the world and is committed to building IHUB as the leading convener of active stakeholders to create the city’s first Innovation Enclave. He has extensive experience working in the social impact ecosystem in Africa. His unique  and  varied  experiences  from  both  corporate  and  non-profit  organisations  led  to  an  evolution  into Entrepreneurship,  focused  on  Social  Innovation.  As  Co-Founder  of  Impact  Hub  Accra,  he  works  within  an
operational framework of “Educate, Connect, Incubate and Invest”, to create a strong support system for early stage entrepreneurs in Ghana. He has led teams to raise capital from a mix of investors and donors, including the Rockefeller  Foundation,  the  Tony  Elumelu  Foundation,  the  Danish  Government  and  the  US  Government’s Broadcasting  Board  of  Governors.  William  is  a  consultant  for  a  number  of  social  innovation  initiatives  across Africa and has led the implementation of projects for partners such as Facebook, Ashoka, MasterCard Foundation, Siemens Foundation, USAID, and the British Council. William also managed a Global Impact Investor Network (GIIN)-funded  pilot  project  under  the  Impact  Economy  Innovation  Fund  aimed  at  building  alternative  funding pathways to support early stage innovators from concept to market. He was one of 100 global innovators selected to  work  with  IDEO  and  British  Airways  on  Ungrounded,  the  first  social  innovation  lab  in  the  sky  (From  San Francisco to London) focused on the global  misalignment of talent. He is co-convener and Deputy CEO of the Social Enterprise Network-Ghana, working to build a robust social enterprise ecosystem. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and serves on the taskforce drafting the first Social Enterprise Policy for the Government of Ghana.

Emily  Sheldon joined  Impact  Hub  Accra  in  June  2016  as  the  first  Director  of  Health  Innovation  to  help launch the hub’s vertical-based approach to programming. In this role, she directly supervised two staff members (a health innovation coordinator and digital amplifier), planned and executed large-scale events (including Health Hack Accra), and led health-focused networking in Ghana and throughout the international community. She has over a decade of experience  gained through increasing role responsibility and promotion across sectors such as key strategy and fundraising skills for programmes in Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique, and South Africa, fundraising, relationship  building,  project  and  event  management,  research  experience,  and  a  diverse  interdisciplinary background with exposure to public health, education, business, and economic approaches. The Health Innovation programme at Impact Hub Accra is still in its early stages, but has been growing steadily over time.  In the past eight months, she has established relationships that range from the director-level of Ghana’s Ministry of Health to the C-suite level of a Fortune 15 company’s foundation. She has led a team to host over 10 health-focused events, including West Africa’s first health innovation hackathon.

Priscilla  Adjubel  as  the  Finance  and  Administration  Director at  Impact  Hub  Accra  is  responsible  for provision  of  the  leadership  and  direction  of  the  management  team  as  well  as  day-to-day  management  of  the finance,  information  technology,  administration  and  human  resource  functions.  Through  this  role,  she  directly builds and sustains the capacity of the finance and administration department and provides exemplary stewardship for the monitoring and improvement of accounting, finance, IT, HR and administrative systems and procedures. She plays a critical role in managing organisational resources effectively as well as maximising the organisation’s focus on results internally and externally. Priscilla brings to  Impact Hub Accra over seven years of experience in financial  and  donor  fund  management.  She  has  managed  funds  from  multiple  donors  both  on  the  local  and international front including MasterCard Foundation, Commonwealth Foundation, UNFPA, AWDF, and Global Fund among others for a combined portfolio of about US $20 million. Working with NGOs, she has contributed to empowering women and girls, improving sexual reproductive health among vulnerable and marginalised groups, youth empowerment, community development, and social and financial inclusion


PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Health Innovation  Programme. Funded by Merck, the Health Innovation programme at Impact Hub Accra is focused on creating a vibrant, pan-African health innovation ecosystem through a diverse offering of healthrelated programming, including hackathons, pitch competitions, and social enterprise acceleration. In August 2016, the Health Innovation programme hosted Health Hack Accra, the first health innovation hackathon in West Africa. The Health Innovation team is currently incubating four start-ups  from Health Hack Accra in the Merck Entrepreneurial Development Space (MEDspace), located at Impact Hub Accra. Key partners for the Health  Innovation  programme  include  Merck,  Hack  for  Big  Choices,  the  Yale  School  of  Management,  the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt University, Facebook, and more.

Makerspace  Programme. Funded by Siemens Stiftung, is a three-month summer maker workshop with local and  foreign  participants  initially  opened  as  a  small  workshop  space  at  the  back  of  Impact  Hub  Accra. Following the feasibility study, the initial prototype and securing a space, Phase 1 of the IHA MakerPark has received a grant of $32,000 from the Siemens Foundation to complete the build-out of the indoor component of the MakerPark (including the makerspace workshop’s first set of equipment). The focus of the MakerSpace is not to make generic 3D-printed plastic toys and trinkets as is the case in some part of the world, but rather to create  a  dynamic  innovation  engine—grounded  in  Ghana’s  existing  design,  arts  and  crafts  landscape,  while leveraging indigenous interclass innovation to build an open maker community empowered to build Ghana’s future.

Digital Innovation Lab. The Broadcasting Board of Governors partnered with Impact Hub Accra to develop mobile solutions to promote civic engagement in West Africa. The partnership created fellowships to provide local members of the tech and entrepreneurial communities with practical experience designing and developing mobile applications and services in collaboration with the BBG’s Office of Digital & Design Innovation. The partnership helped provide Impact Hub Accra programme participants with digital media training, as well as mentoring in areas related to multimedia content development and local sustainability. Fellows explored ways to share news, information, cultural programming and social commentary to mobile device users not served by traditional media channels in the Sahel region. This initiative was part of the BBG’s significant investment for expanding  content  creation  and  distribution  to  the  Sahel,  with  a  focus  on  promoting  original  high-quality journalism and providing digital media for next-generation audiences.


KONTAKT

Adresse_Grafix Adresse: Impact Hub Accra,F 393/4, Otswe Street, Accra, Ghana

Email:  accra@impacthub.net

Telefon: + 233 540 832 867

Webseite:  http://accra.impacthub.net/

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