UNDP Accelerator Lab Ghana proclaims 22 winners of its COVID-19 Innovation Problem thumbnail

Claude Ayitey ERT 5 minutes, 29 seconds

The Accelerator Lab (AccLab) of the United Nations Growth Programme (UNDP) in Ghana proclaims 22 winners of its COVID-19 Innovation Problem dubbed “Creating the “New Regular” and Constructing the Restoration”. The Problem has created a nationwide platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, native authorities and communities to submit modern options that assist folks to regulate to the “new-normal” beneath COVID-19, and assist Ghana’s restoration from the pandemic.

The winners will obtain mentorships and a complete grant of Ghc185,000 (USD32000) to scale up their improvements.

“Congratulations to all of the winners. Your modern options are a testomony to the wealth of creativity and home-grown options out there throughout Ghana. UNDP and our companions will proceed to assist rising entrepreneurs and innovators as we step up our efforts to get well from the affect of COVID-19 by constructing again stronger and smarter. Our assist to innovation is a vital element of our collective efforts to comprise the unfold of the virus and its affect on human improvement.”

Angela Lusigi, Resident Consultant of UNDP in Ghana.

The successful improvements embrace:

  • Efuom Ghana: a digital platform that permits smallholder farmers to achieve bulk patrons simply with out bodily interplay.
  • Laptop-Aided Detection “4” COVID-19 (CAD4COVID): a man-made intelligence (AI) software program device deployed in well being amenities throughout Ghana to extend COVID-19 testing capability and sufferers’ throughput. 
  • IXAM: making certain inclusive studying for folks with disabilities throughout the pandemic.
  • Suma Deliveries App: facilitating supply companies by connecting senders to dispatch riders through a cellular app and textual content messages.
  • Auto Faucet: a low price all-inclusive computerized hand washing faucet.
  • Extending Social Insurance coverage to Casual Sector Employees via Round Financial system: that is adopting a digital system of waste assortment from subscribed people, households, facility house owners and waste pickers via textual content messages/USSD for recycling and composting.
  • Tendo: a web-based promoting platform, which reduces bodily contact.
  • Ponaa Briquettes: reworking agricultural waste corresponding to rice husks into smokeless charcoal briquettes as an alternative choice to the traditional charcoal and firewood for cooking and heating.
  • Deafcantalk: facilitating entry to data on COVID-19 for the deaf.
Gender and Demographic Distribution of Purposes

The problem acquired 198 purposes from all of the 16 areas of Ghana, out of which 44 improvements have been shortlisted, and 10 winners and 12 runners-up emerged. The chosen improvements are within the areas of health-tech and Al, sanitation and waste administration, schooling and social welfare, medical and sanitary gadgets, and assist for susceptible teams. Of the 22 successful improvements, greater than half are already in manufacturing. The total breakdown of purposes and winners is out there on the Innovation Problem web site.

All of the 198 improvements submitted to the COVID-19 Innovation Problem will kind a part of the AccLab’s “options map” of Ghanaian improvements. This may contribute to a repository of data about grassroots improvements aimed toward tackling varied improvement challenges, which shall be for the good thing about UNDP’s World Accelerator Lab community, different businesses, policymakers and the general public.

The AccLab has additionally developed a assist portal to repeatedly have interaction and work with successful innovators to assist in shaping and growing the attain of their options.

Sector and Regional Distribution of Winners

The Innovation Problem was designed to be inclusive, by encouraging participation of all innovators, together with those that usually fall beneath the radar of competitions, as a result of technological boundaries, insecurity, lack of expertise or restricted social-media presence. The Accelerator Lab made out there quite a lot of simply accessible and fundamental communication channels, together with by cellphone and devoted WhatsApp and web site channels to assist candidates.  Native innovation networks, hubs and group contacts have been leveraged to help candidates to submit their improvements and take part in pitching classes.

Whereas technology-driven options to addressing this pandemic are critically vital, this Problem went past expertise, to showcase social improvements which may assist susceptible teams, together with individuals with disabilities.

The COVID-19 Innovation Problem is among the Ghana UNDP AccLab’s efforts to faucet into grassroots improvements and showcase the ingenuity of Ghanaians throughout the pandemic.  

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