May 30, 2016
The list was edited by Ancillar Mangena, a FORBES AFRICA journalist and an under 30 herself. She spent months looking for the best, this continent has to offer. Research coupled with nominations from readers brought the number to 250 potential under 30’s. The team worked for weeks, verifying and investigating, to whittle it down. The team favoured entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, location, potential, struggles and determination. A panel of judges then debated the final 30.
Among the list of this year’s 30Under30 are five young Ghanaians who are thriving in the work they are doing and influencing their generation. The following are the 5 young Ghanaians selected:
CEO and co-founder of MapTech Logistics Limited, a company that uses the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve business problems by developing and deploying GIS based applications. He also founded EVOLV.Africa, a non-profit that empowers youth with entrepreneurship and leadership skills through seminars, conferences, and workshops. He has worked as logistics and supply chain analyst for Clean Team Ghana. He is founding curator of TEDxKNUST. He has been named as one of 30 under 30 emerging Ghanaians to watch by Future of Ghana Magazine. He is an active member of the GhanaThink Foundation. He holds a master’s of business administration in logistics & supply chain management from KNUST-Kumasi. Prince currently leads a team of four young software engineers and one marketing manager for his startup. He provides strategic direction and works jointly with his team to design software applications that are relevant and solution-driven to potential clients. Under his leadership his startup has been recognized internationally including being finalists at Total Startupper Challenge, Ye! Boost Camp Pitching event in Amsterdam- 1 of 10 entrepreneurs selected from Ghana, Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program in Morocco and DEMO Africa Top 50 venture shortlist- selected from among 654 ventures from across Africa. He is also Co-founder and Board Chairman of Kumasi Hive (www.kumasihive). Kumasi Hive exists to support entrepreneurs and innovators of all types, and particularly to encourage social impact businesses and the development of innovative physical products and processing methods.
John Armah is an Award-winning Entrepreneur and Consultant with a passion for Startups in Africa. Ranked as the 27th Most Influential Ghanaian by ETV Ghana (2012), Winner 2012 Ideas Award by Legacy and Legacy, Pioneer and Chairman of the Africa Youth Economic Forum,Model African Union Commission. Member-World Economic Forum-Global Shapers Accra Hub, Africa 2.0, Member of the Advisory Board of the Next Wave Africa Women Empowerment Program,Youngest Contributor to Ghana’s Budget, Former Radio Talk Show Host and a member of the African Community of Practice for Managing Development Results and the Youth4Results network in Africa. His vast experience in policy, start-ups and innovations makes him a good consultant and adviser in business start-ups, business financing, business development and youth policy.
Sulley Amin Abubakar
Sulley is the founder of Zaacoal, an innovative company that finds better use for ubiquitous waste in the city of Accra and Ghana as a whole. Amin is a man of many hats. He is an event organizer, Artiste management and broadcasting. Sulley’s vision is to create an affordable and innovative green energy product.
Nana is the co-founder and CEO of Asoriba, a unique web and mobile application that enables effective church administration for leaders, and seamless engagement with members via mobile phones (app & sms). According to Nana, he is focused on providing technology to over 520 million African Christians. Asoriba is designed to help churches effectively run their administration, while seamlessly engaging with members through content sharing and enabling members to easily give to their church using their mobile phones.
According to the Managing Editor of Forbes Africa, Chris Bishop:
“This is the most important list of the year for FORBES AFRICA. If one young African reads it and is inspired enough to start a business it has done its job,”