The Global Startup Ecosystem

MR. FRANKLIN ASARE (Country Leader for Oracle Ghana)

The Global Startup Ecosystem

There is now widespread recognition that a digital revolution is an imperative for Ghana's socio-economic growth. Reinforcing its commitment to Ghana, Oracle has launched the Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem, a first for Oracle in Africa. The programme aims to help drive the adoption of emerging technologies across the country's public sector, corporates, and academia. It will also support the skills development of Africa's next generation of leaders.

The program has three elements that support early-stage start-ups at the beginning of their journeys, development of solutions seeking scale, and ideas emerging from higher education research. Oracle is not alone in its desire to help foster and develop a broader start up community, and its approach recognizes this-bringing technical, product, and commercial support, without taking a financial interest in the start-up.

Oracle's mission is to build a thriving global start up community to drive the digital economy based on collaborative partnerships that enable next-generation growth, business development, and drive cloud-based innovation for start-sups throughout all stages of their business journey. New, younger generations start-ups are driving transformation enabled by cloud technologies.

Enterprises that rethink & prioritize these relationships will be the winners. In line with Ghana's Digitization Agenda's, Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem is aimed at furthering digital transformation in Ghana by raising awareness about the impact of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Bots and Machine Learning (ML) to help drive economic growth and support the delivery of innovative and transparent services to citizens and customers alike.

Oracle's mission is to build a thriving global startup community to drive the digital economy based on collaborative partnerships.

As leading cloud solutions company, we are focused on supporting Ghana's public and private sector drive impactful transformation with latest digital technologies.

Oracle's partnership with Government of Ghana under this initiative will act as a catalyst to help drive awareness, experimentation and implementation of transformational initiatives that will be customized to address local challenges and create new opportunities.

This will be a key contribution to what the government plans to do. Oracle's Ghana office is a demonstration of Oracle's commitment to doing business in the country and supporting its customers and partners in West Africa.

Through our vibrant local partner ecosystem and dedicated team of highly skilled and experienced employees, based here in Accra and throughout the greater West African Region, we provide customers with high- value products and services, and work to build lasting relationships through day-to-day engagements.

Oracle understands the importance of personal engagement with its customers and partners, and our local office is a great opportunity to strengthen those relationships even further. Oracle is committed to innovation, leadership, and excellence.

I sum up with the words of Jason Williamson, vice-president of Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem, “The technology and business ingenuity coming out of Africa is exciting and inspiring.

Collaborating with President Akufo Addo and the Ghanaian government is an excellent way to provide immediate impact and support for hundreds of innovators across Ghana as we look to expand our commitment to more entrepreneurs and start-ups in Africa.

Here’s to a fruitful partnership, invaluable concise mentorship and the unearthing of ingenious talent.