Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to fifty young people during a Tedx event in Ghana, organised by Emmanuel Brown and supported by the United States embassy in Ghana. I am glad people expressed interest to join the next Mobile Web Ghana training program after my presentation. TEDx is a programme designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis (see http://www.ted.com/tedx). There were three main speakers at the event: Akumda Ben Asamoaning from Amiscus Onlus Ghana spoke on entrepreneurship as the engine of economic growth. He mentioned that in Ghana, approximately 250,000 graduates join the unemployment rate every year and the need for young people to think about creating their own jobs. Myra Michele Brown is the information Resource Officer for US embassy in Ghana and she spoke about her experience travelling around Africa. She trains young people on how to use social media to improve their lives. Lastly, Alfred Anyan (one of our recent graduates) from the Music Request team had an opportunity to demonstrate to the audience the music request voice application they have developed. The audience were thrilled and wished Alfred would launch the application before December. Alfred, however, got the opportunity to receive feedback on what they would like to be changed about the application. It was a good event.
It seems it is virtually impossible to protect your business ideas. One of the biggest concerns we have had from our entrepreneurs is how they can protect their business ideas from been stolen by competitors, big telecom giants and content aggregators. All these companies are in business to make profit. Sometimes, these companies cannot ignore a business opportunity that will fetch them fortunes. It is said that there is nothing new under the sea. May be an idea that our entrepreneurs have are not completely new ideas but they could be a new way of improving an existing business. When it comes to the mobile business, there hasn’t been much in terms of apps development in Ghana. So in effect some of these ideas could be completely new ideas that are being implemented by our entrepreneurs in Ghana. is it possible to protect your business ideas especially in Ghana and may be in Africa?
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