Oracle teams up with Ghana to support local entrepreneurs

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THE Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem and the government of Ghana have announced the Ghana-Oracle Digital Enterprise Programme, a new collaborative effort to support technology-enabled start-ups and entrepreneurs across Ghana.

The Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem, Oracle’s programme for entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide, has committed to support 500 local start-ups through access to Oracle Cloud technology, mentoring and workshops, and business-enablement and support resources.

Backed by the vast global technology and business resources of Oracle, the programme will include:

● Support and enable 500 local start-ups and entrepreneurs
● Engage with local innovation hubs to execute
● Open to B2B and B2C start-ups of all sizes and all stages of growth
● Oracle Cloud credits, mentoring, workshops, and deep discounts after credits expire
● World-class mentoring and curriculum resources (virtual and on-site)
● Migration credits and technical support
● Local Oracle programme representatives for assistance
● Qualifying start-ups can have the opportunity to access Oracle’s marketing and customer ecosystems to further boost their business

‘The technology and business ingenuity coming out of Africa is exciting and inspiring,’ said Jason Williamson, vice president, Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem. ‘Collaborating with 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 start-ups in Africa.’

‘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 President Akufo-Addo. ‘The start-up ecosystem 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.’

Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem is a unique acceleration programme for start-ups that puts the vast technology and business resources of Oracle behind emerging businesses to help them scale and succeed. The global programme, which does not take equity, serves start-ups at scale by enabling next-generation growth, business development, and drives cloud-based ingenuity for start-ups, our customers, and Oracle-creating a virtuous cycle of innovation.

Start-ups around the globe have benefited from the business-enablement and support resources that the Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem provides:

‘Oracle’s start-up programme has been invaluable for Snap Tech because they understand our needs and have resources to help scale our technology and grow our business. They are a fantastic group of people truly invested in our company’s growth,’ said Jenny Griffiths, Founder and CEO, Snap Tech, a UK-based member of the Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem

‘Oracle’s start-up programme is helping us grow both our product and our business. Running on Oracle Cloud is a big win for us, as we need scale and power with the highest levels of data security. And the global exposure, like Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco and Oracle OpenWorld London, has provided incredible business growth opportunities,’  Zara Nanu, CEO and Founder, Gapsquare, added.

The new programme in Ghana underscores the Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem’s commitment to reaching start-ups around the world. The Ghana-Oracle Digital Enterprise Programme will kick off with an event hosted by Oracle and the government of Ghana in early April. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the programme will spread to regions across Ghana.

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