TANOE Hub, an innovative and resourceful startup accelerator and incubator hub in Ghana by The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) amongst over 35 other hubs participate in the MIT D-lab Lean Research workshop organized by Ashesi in association with MIT D-Lab and sponsored by USAID.
The training is part of the Ecosystem Convening initiatives of The New Entrepreneurs Xchange for Transformation: Idea to Impact project (NEXTi2i); an Ashesi program in collaboration with MIT D-Lab, funded by USAID aimed at creating a values-driven incubator that trains emerging entrepreneurs with the focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, (SDG)-driven outcomes in their business models.
The Lean Research workshop, which came off on the 14th of June at the breathtaking hill top campus of Ashesi University sought to expose founders and managers of startup hubs in Ghana to the MIT Lean Research which is an approach and an initiative to improve the practice of data collection involving people and communities in development and humanitarian contexts. Drawing from human-centered approaches to design, Lean Research places the experience of the human “research subject” at the center of research design and implementation.
The workshop was to position the hubs to better support their patrons and startups to conduct an improved and sustainable research into their businesses and ideas. The workshop was facilitated by Kendra Leith, Co-founder of Lean Research and Associate Director for Research at MIT D-Lab in USA.
Some notable hubs and organisations that participated in the workshop alongside TANOE hub were Africa Internship Academy, African Foundation for Employability and Entrepreneurship (AFEE AFRICA), AgriCo Hub, Centre for Social Innovations, Dansyn Ghana Ltd, Developers In Vogue, Elan, FEM Institute, Ghana Design Network (GDN), Ghana Innovation Hub, Ghana Tech Lab, GrassRoots Hub, Growth Mosaic, HapaSpace, Ho Node Hub, HOPin Academy, ICODE, Innohub, iSpace Foundation, Kumasi Hive, Mobile Web Ghana, PEAP HR, Prestige Research, Soronko Academy, SOS Ghana- NBU Hub, Spado Hub, Stanbic Business Incubator, Startup Accra, SunCity Hub, TED HUB, Tentmaker Ghana, The Fabulous Woman Network (Fab Hub), The Hatchery, UCC Business Incubator, Whizzy Lab, Workshed, Yison Hub.
The hubs were all supported with some money for transportation by The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).
By Ekow Mensah
Managing Editor – www.tanoebusiness.com