GHANA 2020

An amazing start for a female entrepreneur!

Our annual Startup Award for female entrepreneurs offers promising startups the opportunity to pitch their company in front of a jury of experts, investors, advisors, and members of the press. The winner will receive expert advice from professionals for six months, have the chance to meet a myriad of potential investors and enjoy a business trip including stay to the Netherlands. Entrepreneurial women who have been working for at least a year on bringing their business idea to fruition can apply up until January 30th 2020.

FEM-START Award offers a dream start

to female entrepreneurs

“There are so many great initiatives and with the Startup Award, we want to stimulate female entrepreneurship in Ghana.”
Leticia Browne

Director, Intelligent Capital

“We especially want to offer women a chance to turn their dreams and ideas into successful companies”.


Marian Spier

Founder, FEM-START

Criteria for the startups

  • World improving idea with a sustainable impact on the target group
  • Scalable business
  • A clear financial business model
  • Clear marketing model to grow from startup to scale-up
  • Can show traction, the idea is already in the market
  • You have an online presence, website, Instagram or Facebook
  • At least one female founder who should pitch
  • At least one year and a maximum of three years since you started setting up your company
  • Ghanaian based business

Selection process & schedule

11 January: Startup Award Pitch Day
At this first pitch day, a jury will select out of all 10 candidates, 3 startups that continue to the Startup Award. During the day we also offer the candidates coaching sessions in the afternoon.

28th of February: Startup Award Finals
D-day! The ‘Battle of the 3’ Out of the 3 startups 1 finalist will be chosen. The jury will select the winner out of these three finalists.

Location: Ghana Innovation Hub
Time: 17h-20.30h

Winner prize package

  • A return ticket from Ghana to Amsterdam to attend Amsterdam Capital week including accommodation.
  • ​A personalized meeting program whilst in Amsterdam, organized by FEM-START (to make business contacts and meet potential ​investors)
  • 6 months of executive coaching

Attend the Startup Award

Are you a budding entrepreneur who is looking for inspiration and mentorship?
Or are you just generally interested in watching the events unfold? Well, you are welcome to join the event! Please note: a limited number of spaces are available, and registration is mandatory. More info on how to attend will be shared soon.

We are based in Amsterdam, NL

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