A student entrepreneurial group from the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has emerged as winners of the 2021 DANSIC Global Business Challenge.
The group, known as PODASH, is made up of three UPSA students who are also products of the university’s Business Incubator Centre. They are Eugene Elikem Agbo, James Ayim Damptey and Princess Sherifatu Ibrahim.
Eugene Elikem Agbo is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, while James Damptey and Princess Ibrahim are both Business Administration students.
The three student entrepreneurs came together to form PODASH in 2019 during a pitch competition organised by the UPSA Business Incubator Centre. The group has since been under the mentorship of the centre, and participated in a few other competitions.
Their innovative idea on the utilization of cocoa pods was adjudged the “most compelling and interdisciplinary solution to recurrent challenges in a circular economy” at the final event held on 29th May 2021.
PODASH’s ingenious proposal to make use of these cocoa pods by creating a versatile soap from the dried cocoa pods was affirmed by the jury as a sustainable design that would reduce environmental pollution in cocoa-growing areas, provide extra income for farmers as well as provide Ghanaians with affordable skincare products.
The DANSIC Circular Challenge is a digital case competition where students from Nordic or African universities are given the opportunity to deploy their knowledge and business acumen by creating solutions to advance the circular economy agenda. This year’s competition was themed “Circularity in Business.”
DANSIC (Danish Social Innovation Club) aids and inspires different actors in society, with the use of social innovation and interdisciplinary work, to solve some of the greatest current societal challenges.
The competition targets Circularity in Business and will count on students from various backgrounds, from design to business administration, and focusing on building bridges and networks between students from different countries and resolving real-life business challenges.
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