Kosmos Innovation Center Business Booster
This program works with Ghanaian agribusinesses, providing capacity building and training to help them scale their business and achieve sustainability.
Photo Credit below: Kosmos Energy
This program is now in session. Stay tuned to read about our preliminary learnings this spring, and subscribe to our Medium page for upcoming stories about our bootcamps in Ghana!
The Kosmos Innovation Center Business Booster is an accelerator program developed by the Kosmos Innovation Center in partnership with Uncharted.
This 5-month (November-March) program will feature two 5-day bootcamps for local Ghanaian agribusinesses. The first bootcamp, Business Model Validation, is designed to provide entrepreneurs with a step-by-step methodology to quickly validate and refine their venture’s business model for growth. The second bootcamp, Investment Preparedness, is designed to prepare entrepreneurs to raise funding.
The program is designed to help small and medium size enterprises:
Validate and refine their business model
Prepare their company for growth
Access the capital needed to build successful businesses
Whether your goal is to expand production, improve your product or service, or explore new marketing or distribution channels, this business accelerator program aims to strengthen companies that sustains livelihoods and creates jobs.
The program is now accepting applications from established companies with unique business models within the agribusiness value chain:
Retail & Distribution
Food Safety & Traceability
Transport & Logistics
Nutrition & Sustainability
Here’s What Businesses Get
Two 5-day in-person bootcamps, featuring world-class curriculum that has been used by businesses operating in 94 countries around the world
A vast international network of world-class mentors who can share market insights and business development opportunities
Access to Capital
Key introductions to a community of impact investors, venture capitalists, angel investors, and capital advisors to fund the next stage of your growth
Access tools from technology partners to improve your productivity and efficiency
Select companies may be invited to run their businesses from a collaborative co-working space, enabling entrepreneurs to share knowledge and resources with like-minded people
Our Selected Ventures!
Congratulations to our select ventures who’ve committed to scaling local, Ghanaian businesses to have an increased market share in the agribusiness economy of Ghana.
About our ventures
Manufactures premium natural skincare products with ethically sourced African butters, oils, and herbs
Gee Fresh Point
Turns guinea fowl into a globally accepted high quality and healthy source of meat
Brings hygienic foods (specifically eggs) packaged in an attractive way to the local market, highlighting their health value
Builds a competitive world class Ghanaian agriculture company with greenhouse technology
Develops a plant based product as a protein substitute for the global market
Through the Moringa tree, connects farmers to the global market for the highest quality, moringa-powered products
Builds a “farm to plate” operation that raises cows, or conditions mature cows, for the market as premium meat
Processes local natural oils into tertiary products in food and cosmetics
Produces high-quality pork products at affordable prices to meet the needs of our target market by optimizing and managing resources efficiently
Facilitating mentor-mentee relationships is core to what we do, and this mentor team came together with the help of our partners Kosmos Energy and Impact Hub Accra. Here are the industry- experts who will be advising our selected ventures!
KEG Ad Council
Lincoln Investment Advisers | Argon Captial
Frontier Marketing Advisors
Dr. Bernard Lawer Tetteh-Dumanya
SGL Royal Kapita Limited
KEG Ad Council
Timeline of Events
August 23, 2017
Businesses within the agribusiness sector of Ghana are invited to apply! See the application for more details.
October 6, 2017
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis as they come in, so apply today!
Bootcamp 1: Business Model Validation
November 7-11, 2017
A bootcamp designed to provide entrepreneurs with a step-by-step methodology to quickly validate and refine their venture’s business model for growth.
Between Bootcamp Check-In's
November 2017-March 2018
Check in's to support businesses with additional introductions, or any other needs they may have.
Bootcamp 2: Investment Preparedness
A bootcamp designed to prepare entrepreneurs to raise funding, with introductions to funders and access to capital.
We have an amazing team of partners. Kosmos Innovation Center in Accra, Ghana is the true champion of this issue, supported by Kosmos Energy in Dallas, Texas. Uncharted’s implementation partner is the Impact Hub Accra, whose team ran an Investment Preparedness Lab during our first Lab cohort in 2015.
If you’re interested in partnering, send us an email!
Frequently Asked Questions
This program, including both bootcamps, will be held at the Impact Hub in Accra, Ghana.
Only one! Ventures that are selected will participate in the Business Model Validation bootcamp in November 2017, followed by the Investment Preparedness bootcamp in March 2018.
Yes. The focus of this program is to find and equip local, promising Ghanaian agribusinesses to become investment ready.
This differs for each program, but we typically choose 10-12 ventures.
There is no cost! We just ask that your team commits to being present for both 5-day bootcamps, with checkins in between and follow up calls afterwards.
Many of the mentors for this program will be local to the Ghanaian agribusiness ecosystem, but will feature some relevant international mentors as well. Please email Emily Scott to learn more if you are interested in being a mentor for this program!
Email Emily, our Global Labs Director. She’ll get back to you shortly!
Unfortuantely, applications for this program have closed. Stay tuned to see the companies that will participate!