Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50THE KOSMOS INNOVATION CENTER After more than ten years of helping to develop the oil and gas industry, we launched the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) in 2016 to help Ghana build a brighter future by encouraging the use of innovation and technology to apply commercial solutions to some of the country’s key challenges. The KIC begins its work by choosing an area of focus from one of Ghana’s many different economic sectors. For its initial engagement, the KIC is turning its attention to agriculture – the largest sector in Ghana’s economy – where it will pursue and nurture the development of market-based solutions that address various development challenges. The KIC will focus on the nexus between information and communications technology (ICT) and agriculture, with the goal of inspiring entrepreneurs to transform Ghana’s agriculture sector. To achieve results that drive change, the KIC uses a three-part approach: Collaboration, Incubation, and Acceleration. For more information on the Kosmos Innovation Center, please visit >  Collaboration – Fostering Partnerships to Tackle Challenges Together Through workshops, conferences, and other events, the KIC brings together the best and brightest minds from a range of fields, such as business, technology, finance, academia, and other specialists and practitioners to talk through the challenges in improving Ghana’s agricultural sector. These carefully selected individuals share their knowledge, inspire each other, and work together to develop practical solutions to the most pressing problems. >  Incubation – Nurturing Promising Start-up Companies Through formal competitions focused on innovation, the KIC challenges young entrepreneurs to use technology to develop commercially viable solutions to development challenges within the agricultural sector. At the end of the competition, selected entrepreneurs receive seed funding, technical assistance, and mentorship to help them turn their ideas into reality. The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is the KIC’s key partner in exciting and inspiring budding entrepreneurs to use technology to transform Ghana’s agricultural economy. >  Acceleration – Investing in Small Business Development Through capital investment and technical assistance, the KIC is accelerating the development of promising small businesses with the potential to provide private sector solutions to market problems. After a stringent screening process, selected companies will receive a range of support aimed at helping them grow their business. Entrepreneurs-In-Training at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), like the group pictured above, receive comprehensive training across the skill sets required to build successful technology businesses. This includes computer programming, software development, product management, finance, marketing, sales and leadership best practices. MEST is a key partner of the Kosmos Innovation Center. 23 23