AUCC launches ‘Richard Jonah Entrepreneurship Programme’

 ADABRAKA -- On Friday, May 19, 2017, Sir Sam Jonah and other leading business executives will gathered at the African University College of Communications (AUCC) for the launch of the Richard Jonah Entrepreneurship and Academic Enhancement programme (REAP) on its Adabraka campus.

“We are excited about this new programme,” commented the Dean of the Sam Jonah School of Business Prof. Margaret Crabbe. “We want to help student entrepreneurs bring their business ideas of life and this programme is a great way of making that happen.”

REAP will involve final year students of the Jonah School of Business and will equip them with practical entrepreneurial training and mentorship from leading Ghanaian entrepreneurs and business leaders. Through a mixture of academic courses, seminars, and mentorship, the students will be helped to hone in on their “BIG idea” by the leading executives.

“The idea for many of the successful companies today started during the college years,” AUCC President Dr. Koryoe Anim-Wright shared. “If nurtured right, the next big idea will come from an AUCC student!”

The executives will also provide their expertise and share lessons learned, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience for AUCC students. The programme will also create opportunities for self-employment ventures, provide a framework for career development, facilitate team-building skills, and ignite creativity and entrepreneurial traits in students.  At the end of the year, the best idea will win the Richard Jonah Excellence Award.

 

REAP is named after the son of Sir Sam, and recognizes Richard’s astute entrepreneurial capabilities that made him a standout and successful businessman.

At age 26, Richard founded Freedom NetCentres, a company that pioneered investment in public internet cafes and provided affordable internet and computer access as well as training and adult literacy programmes to previously disadvantaged South Africans working with the South African government. In 2003, Richard co-founded Jonah Capital as a Pan African Investment Company to invest across Africa in key sectors that included mining, financial services, agro processing, and infrastructure. He served as Executive Director of Jonah Capital. In 2007, he also founded Mobus Properties, a real estate company that same year. A rare case of opportunity flowing backwards across the generations, that through Jonah Capital, Richard was able to offer employment to Sir Sam when he retired from AngloGold.

 

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