The Center organises annual business competitions for members in the HCC Community. The aim of the competition is to award the best business proposals a prize and provide support to turn these
proposals into successful businesses. The Center seeks to Challenge Student Entrepreneurs to Dream, Experiment, Iterate, and Persist.
Guiding Criteria and eligibility for participation: Only members of the HCC community qualify to participate in this challenge. The Competition is for student-created, student-managed, and student-owned business “ventures” (proposed businesses). In other words, students must:
The competition is available to teams with at least 2 students each but no more than 4. Each team must have 1 adviser or mentor who must be a faculty member or staff of HCC to serve as a guide during the development of the business plan and pitch presentation.
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The Center shall organize annual boot-camps for businesses and individuals to display their services, products, talents and solutions. These boot-camps shall be organized in a Christ-centered environment to
create the required ethical display and patronage.
Guiding Criteria and eligibility for participation: This service shall be available to all businesses within the business community in Ghana.
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The Center shall organize seminars, workshops and informal knowledge sharing events to provide students and the entire HCC community with the required knowledge and competence to engage in viable and
ethical businesses. The pool of business experts shall be used to provide the training along with the faculty and other staff of HCC.
Guiding Criteria and eligibility for participation: This service shall be available to all members of the HCC community and members of the Churches of Christ in Ghana.
Procedure for accessing the service: To participate individuals must register with the Center on or before the day of the training.
The Center shall invest in viable ventures either through debt or equity instruments. The Center shall support potential entrepreneurs by evaluating their plans and providing support to further enhance these proposals. Viable plans shall be supported through either equity or debt instruments.
Guiding Criteria and eligibility for participation: Investment proposals are open to all entrepreneurs within the HCC community seeking funding for new businesses at the seed, start-up or early stages of the business life cycle.
Procedure for accessing the service: Generally, applications shall be reviewed by the Center’s Secretariat from interested businesses and presented to CEPE Governing Board for evaluation on the basis of the
In as much as the Center encourages individuals and groups to make profitable investments, business ventures in the following areas shall not be eligible for support of the Center.
Nature of Business Investment support to be provided by CEPE
The Center may support start up entrepreneurs with concessionary interest-bearing loans as capital for their investment. When loans are provided to a client, the Center shall continuously monitor the business. The center shall be involved in the appointment of the members of the boards of such businesses. The center may support up-to a maximum of 60% of the total capital required and the entrepreneur shall be required to inject a minimum of 40% of the capital in equity.
In addition to the loan support, the entrepreneur will be assigned a successful entrepreneur as a mentor to provide guidance and advice.
2. Equity Investment and Mentor
Similar to the loan investment, the Center may provide monetary support in the form of equity to viable businesses. In addition to the equity support, the entrepreneur will be assigned a successful entrepreneur as a mentor to provide guidance and advice.
Type of Business required by CEPE for Support
To successfully secure support from the Center, the new entrepreneur shall be required to register the proposed business in any of the following forms:
Procedure for Support
To receive support an individual shall follow the procedures laid down below:
The Center shall regularly conduct empirical research into emerging business and ethical issues to help in its decisions. The Center shall also offer grants and awards to researchers and institutions to search for
answers to business challenges in the Ghanaian market.
Guiding Criteria and eligibility for participation: This shall be available to all researchers within the HCC community especially; students and faculty members to support their research activities.
Procedure for support
The Center shall set aside a day to celebrate the charitable works of members of the community and other notable philanthropist within the Ghanaian society. The purpose of this day is to showcase the generosity of individuals to HCC community and Ghana and encourage them to continue to in their good works. Another purpose is to raise funds in support of HCC scholarship activities.
Guiding Criteria and eligibility for participation: This shall be available to all philanthropists within the HCC community and notable philanthropists in Ghana.
Procedure for support
The Center shall collaborate with the Student Representative Council (SRC) to organize entertainment competitions or talent shows to encourage the students to showcase their talents in music, acting, comedy and other artistic endeavors. Talented individuals shall be identified for mentoring. Identified talents shall be supported to take advantage of their talents.
Guiding Criteria and eligibility for participation: This service shall be available to all students of HCC.
The Center shall create a pool of business experts to support the Center’s vision of entrepreneurship, philanthropy and ethics in the various areas of business including Legal, tax, accountancy, finance, treasury, marketing, digital business, human resource management, and technology. They will offer advisory support to entrepreneurs.
Guiding Criteria and eligibility for participation: This service shall be provided for every business start-up that require assistance in the areas of expertise available in the pool.
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