Ghana Innovation Marketplace

Ghana Innovation Marketplace

AABN launched the Ghana Innovation Marketplace (GIM) in 2009 with support from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the World Bank and other local and international partners, including Global Communities. Applicants attended a workshop, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade & Industry/MSME Project, to learn how to turn their ideas for solid waste management into feasible business plans. AABN also hosted a business plan competition, which attracted 150 applications in three categories:

  1. Collection: Sorting, Reduction, Transportation;
  2. Value Addition: Recycling, Composting, Energy Production; and
  3. Advocacy & Education: Researching and Raising Public Awareness.

Fifty semi-finalists earned the opportunity to showcase their plans at a marketplace or trade fair; of these, ten finalists were awarded seed capital to start up their businesses. The marketplace provided a venue for knowledge exchange and networking among applicants and solid waste professionals, including practitioners, stakeholders and government authorities.

The finalists were further linked to the Environmental Service Providers Association to register as service suppliers.


23 January 2015