Three UPSA students from PODASH, a student entrepreneurial group from the University of Professional Studies, Accra have emerged winners of the 2021 DANSIC Global Business Challenge, the University announced Monday.
PODASH is made up of a trio of UPSA students who are also products of the university’s Business Incubator Centre. They are James Ayim Damptey, Princess Sherifatu Ibrahim and Eugene Elikem Agbo.
The UPSA students were awarded for their innovative ideas on the utilization of dried cocoa pods for creating a versatile soap.
Their innovation was adjudged the “most compelling and interdisciplinary solution to recurrent challenges in a circular economy” at the final event held on 29th May 2021.
The DANSIC Circular Challenge is a digital case competition where students from Nordic or African universities are given the opportunity to deploy their knowledge and business acumen by creating solutions to advance the circular economy agenda. This year’s competition was themed “Circularity in Business”.
Reacting to the victory, the coordinator of the UPSA Business Incubator, Dr Andrews Ayiku, said the win falls in line with UPSA’s vision of becoming a world-class education provider in both academic and professional disciplines that is nationally entrenched, regionally recognized and globally relevant.
Eugene Elikem Agbo is a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. His two colleagues, James Damptey and Princess Ibrahim are both Business Administration students in Levels 400 and 100 respectively.
The 3 student entrepreneurs came together to establish PODASH in 2019 during a pitch competition organised by the UPSA Business Incubator Centre. The group has since been under the mentorship of the centre, and participated in a few other competitions.