Some 24 young entrepreneurs have taken part in a Changemaker XChange session put together by Ashoka and the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation.
Selected from across different West African countries including Ghana, the participants took turns to sell their innovations at an event held at the Impact Hub, Osu.
The Impact Hub session preceded another one held at the Aqua Safari Resort in Ada.
Co-created by Ashoka and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Changemakerxchange is a global collaboration platform for young social innovators to connect and co-create with peers around the world.
ChangemakerXchange covered the travelling costs (including hotel accommodation, inner city travel, food, entrance fees) of all participants for the Ghana event. Participants came from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Applications were accepted from participants aged between 18 and 35.
ChangemakerXchange brings together some of the world’s top social innovators, who have dedicated their lives to solving a social problem and have the skills and mindset to collaborate for collective impact. The sessions have no panels, no power-points, no guest speakers or site visits, rather an open and flexible participant-led agenda which leverages the collective intelligence of the group. There is a strong emphasis both on maximizing social impact and on personal wellbeing.
The platform seeks to maximize the social impact of young changemakers, who take part in impact retreats and become part of a global community of social innovators that learn from each other and co-create projects together.