Ghana Ladies in Tech Summit Awards
There is an obvious gender divide within the tech space with the ratio of men to women being 80:20. In Ghana, several organizations are contributing their quota to see equality in these numbers but, it is still far-fetched. Women are still being overlooked, under-represented in some areas, not given early developmental training, and for some, out of sheer inferiority complex.
Regardless, we cannot overlook the efforts of some women taking over the tech space by storm. We can boast of Ethel Delali Cofie, the founder of Women in Tech Africa and a board of MARAMOJA Transport, Regina Honu the founder of Soronko Academy, amongst others.
To shorten the gender-divide gap and push these ladies to the forefront, Ghana Tech Lab hosted the Ghana Ladies in Tech Summit And Awards. The GLiT Summit and Awards sought to celebrate outstanding female efforts and achievements in the tech ecosystem.
The GLiT Awards 2021 comprised 27 categories; these included 16 awards by nomination, 10 by appointment, and the best innovative idea award. After which, women entrepreneurs and innovators were recognized and rewarded for their excellent works and thriving spirits.
Winners of the GLiT Summit and Awards
Paulette Watson, the founder of STEM Academy Achievers, was awarded the Most Skillful Shepreneur of the year.
Belinda Akaba, an electrical engineer at Solar Taxi, was awarded the Hardware Engineer of the year.
Digital Times Africa, a multimedia agency, was awarded as the Best Media House supporting female entrepreneurship.
Soronko Academy was awarded the Women Empowerment Hub of the year.
The National Female Pretech Program was awarded the Best Femtech Program of the year.
Regina Honu, the founder of Soronko Academy, was awarded the Femtech Mentor of the year.
Felicia Asiamah, owner of Felly’s Food and Rental was awarded the Catering Entrepreneur of the year.
Juliana Kunmogli, the Programs Associate at Yison Tech Hub, was awarded the Best GLiT Coordinator of the year.
Felicia Asiamah was awarded the CooporatePreneur of the year.
Mariam Kaleem A-Buahin, Head of Letshego, was awarded the Femtech Personality of the year.
WA Ladies Community of Yison Tech Hub was awarded the Best GLiT Community of the year.
Amidst the various panel sessions and the awards held, a pitching contest took place. The pitching contest was held to identify, honor, support, and pave the way for emerging women-led businesses. Five women-led businesses namely: Team Amigos, Bono Nkoso, Women Advertising Women, MentorMe, and DermaQuick participated in the contest.
Team Amigos is a startup that focuses on using a mobile app to promote mental health awareness and provide access to virtual mental health care.
Bono Nkoso aims to promote the informal sector by bridging the gap between petty traders, especially farmers and consumers through digital marketing.
Women Advertising Women is an all-female startup that brings female-owned businesses to light by handling their brand promotion and advertisements.
MentorMe is a platform that contains female mentors. The platform ensures that it provides mentees with female experts in various careers and fields.
DermaQuick is a startup that employs digital marketing and social media to promote healthy skin by advertising and giving insight into skin-friendly products.
After much deliberation based on relevance, innovation, implementation plan, and tech-inclined solution, MentorMe emerged winners of the competition. In second place was Bono Nkoso and Women Advertising Women followed suit.