The McDan Incubator – Shout Out to the Facilitators

The McDan Incubator, a training program developed to support the Top 20 Finalists of the McDan Entrepreneurship Challenge, was a huge success and it wouldn’t have been possible but for a fantastic team of Facilitators who came together, delivered broad, varied and substantive sessions that were impactful and from the heart.

Their support, commitment and community spirit is greatly appreciated by Dr Daniel, McKorley, The McDan Foundation, The McDan Group and TEN Ghana, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the Facilitators who devoted their time to develop our fantastic Top 20, and give them a shout out.

The McDan Entrepreneurship Challenge - Top 20 Finalists - Shout out to Facilitators - Simon Turner

Our Facilitators and their sessions included:

  • The Fundamentals of Law that all Entrepreneurs Should Know – Korieh Duodu (Principle, Egality Law)
  • Investment Readiness – OluDele Sonekan (Director of Investments, Growth Mosaic) and Abraham Mensah-Belley (Investment Manager, GroFin Ghana)
  • How Entrepreneurs Should Relate to the Media – Bernard Avle (Director of News ProgrammingOmni Media Ltd (Citi 97.3 FM)
  • Market Research and Competitor Analysis – Kwabena Agyekuym (Executive Director, Chartered Institute of Management, Ghana)
  • Ideation to Implementation, and Business Model Innovation – Edison Gbenga (Founder/Lead: Codewit, Loudspeaker Digital & Bloop
  • Human Centred Design – Emily Sheldon (Founder, African Health Innovation Centre)
  • Leadership and Resilience – Mohit Pramanik (Management Partner, The Aspen Institute)
  • Supply Chain Management – Julian Nii Lartey (General Manager, McDan Aviation)
  • Running a Social Enterprise in Ghana; Product and Purpose Fit – Anna Robertson (Founder & Director, YEVU Clothing)
  • Branding – Michael Newlove (CEO, Utterwave Media and Ceruba Inc)
  • Personal Branding & Influence – Dzigbordi K Dosoo (Founder, Dzigbordi Consulting Group)
  • People and Culture – Ebo Ferguson-Yankson (Learning & Development Expert, Aker Energy)
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health for Entrepreneurs – Lucky Amy Bittor (Founder, PsychAid and Love Outreach)
  • The Three Bottom Line Approach to Success – Crisler Ankrah (Director of Projects, McDan Group)
  • How to Value Your Startup: The VC Method – Sammy Opoku (Consultant, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana)
  • Evaluating Your Business Idea – Percy Amoo-Yankey (Executive Director, IBS Consulting Allianceand McDan Judge)

Also thanks to those who dropped by to give the Entrepreneurs a pep talk and support, including:

  • Santokh Singh (MD TV) and Emma Morrison (GM, JoyBrands) from The Multimedia Group, whose JoyNews channel was a launch partner for the show
  • Leonora Appiah, the COO of The McDan Group and my fellow McDan Judge on the show.
  • Yvette Atekpe, the Regional MD at Internet Solutions Ghana, and the current CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year