A centre of technology has been activated at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as an innovative hub for students with ideas to solve socio-economic problems.
The TechHub serves as the foremost mobile and web laboratory in Ghana where students are trained as ICT developers and future socially responsible entrepreneurs in the high-tech industry.
Vodafone Ghana furnished the physical infrastructure of the hub and provided the equipment including servers, computers, smartphones and other devices covering a wide range of user platforms.
Commercial Director, Nii Boye Adjei, says the company recognizes the enabling power of technology, hence its preparedness to support education through innovation and technology.
He is optimistic the TechHub “will be a blossoming platform for students, industry, experts, professors and businesses to meet, design, test and launch commercially viable mobile web applications that will solve business problems and empower businesses to deliver great services in Ghana”.
The TechHub is an initiative nurtured by the mFriday group of KNUST students, as a partnership between industry and academia to promote innovation and student entrepreneurship.
Co-Founder of mFriday, Pierre Brunache Jnr. is hoping to raise a $1million start-up fund before end of the 2012.
“If we get five start-ups a year and each start-up could employ up to 20 people, that is 100 people directly employed by the start-ups and those will be jobs created by students whilst in school”, he told Luv Biz Report.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of the KNUST, Prof. Peter Donkor, believes the next generation of ICT gurus is being created with the establishment of the TechHub and pledged the commitment of the university to work with industry to advance national development.