The first project of the STAA START-UP CENTRE (SSC) was a collaboration with the UNIVERSITY OF GHANA COUNSELLING & PLACEMENT CENTER to hold the 3 Day Startup Program; an initiative started by a diverse group of students that saw unexpressed potential for startups in higher education, the 3 Day Startup program was debuted at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.
3 Day Startup (“3DS”) teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. This proven program provides students the tools they need to start successful companies. Over 5000+ 3DS alumni from 90 programs across 5 continents–including programs at Harvard, MIT, Technion and ESADE Business School–have started more than 71 companies that have collectively raised $15 million in investor capital. The 3DS program creates a living entrepreneurship laboratory on university campuses bringing together students ranging from freshmen to freshly-minted PhDs; backgrounds include computer science, business, engineering, law, design, and others
After six months of planning, organizing and pulling strings here and there, we had another 3DS Ghana at the University of Ghana.
We had about 40 applicants but 30 were able to sail through all the 3 days and at the end they got certified. We had two main sponsors my startup- STA AFRICA START-UP CENTRE and the University of Ghana Counselling and Placement center.
We had students from all the disciplines of the school community ranging from recent graduates to undergrads and from different faculties, we all converged at the MAISON FRANCAISE at the Legon campus of the university from the 30th May-1st June with distinguished and seasoned mentors to be there to guide and monitor the participants each step of the way to get a running startup after the 3days.
Our Facilitator was great- Mami Serwaa she handled the training with ease and it all went smoothly.
Day 1 started off well; students came in with great hopes, ideas and already running startups. We went through the ideation stage and settled on 7 awesome ideas for university settings and the whole nation at large. We moved to the blind voting and the participants chose 5 topics to work with.
Day 2 was breathtaking; students were up early to begin with validation and customer discovery and their preliminary pitches.
Day 3 we had almost finished the race. The first day participants had already learnt a lot and applied all to their works and they seemed ready to kick off their businesses. They went through a series of pitching to perfect their pitching skills and they had their final presentation with 3 panelists, invited guests and their colleagues. We had a prime angel investor to invest in all 5 groups provided they pursue their works and also the participants won partnerships and contracts immediately from some of the mentors.
It was absolutely fantastic. Below are the 5 team ideas that where generated.
An online marketing and advertising company based in Ghana. The main aim is to help increase the Total revenue and achieve higher profit margins among the MSME’s and SME’s across Africa and beyond, through robust and result oriented advertising and marketing strategies
- Deger Special
Deger is the local name for a Ghanaian drink popularly known as BRUKINA .The problem with this drink is that its not packaged well & lacks variety. So basically the idea is to ensure production of hygienic and well packaged and branded brukina.
- Kente Snacks
The production of local snacks (beverages and edibles).Focusing on packaging that meets modern standards.
Main goal is to have ‘Snack Stores’ exclusively for wide varieties of local snacks all over the country.
- Behwe Gh (Tourism promotion)
They give relevant tourism information and organize tours for students and tourism enthusiasts
- Cook it
Description: Delivery of food stuffs for students on the University of Ghana campus at a flat rate charge base on an order.
All this could not have happened without Shayna Dunitz (3DS Programs Manager) efforts together with Nadia Owusu, STAA’s CEO.
Our 6 months of hard work, planning, organizing, coordinating led to this awesome SUCCESSFUL finishing.
We at STA AFRICA & STAA START-UP CENTER are really grateful to all for making our first edition of 3DS Ghana a mega blast.
We will like to acknowledge the Director of UGCPC- Mrs. Jocelene Buckman, 3DS Ghana Facilitator- Mami Serwaa Amoakohene, Benjamin Tamatey- 3DS Local Assisting Organizer, The Mentors: Richard Brandt of Sleekwork, Mr. Ebenezer Arthur of Innohub, Sir Roy Aboku,Managing Partner of Ocelot Africa, Thomas Darko of OasisWebSoft, Papa Arkhurst , Dr. Kofi Osei-Kusi of Osei-Kusi Foundation; The Panelists: David Kwaku Sakyi – KwakuDavid – Photographer and Life Coach, Ekow Mensah of The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) and all the amazing participants.
We can’t wait to take 3DS to a different campus!! STAA START-UP CENTRE! Connecting you to your dreams!