Desmond-Jesse Mensa, founder of iCare Foundation has won the sixth edition of AccraSOUP, an innovative crowd-funding dinner. Mr Mensa, who pitched the “Just Do It” project, took home a seed grant of ¢700 to further build his project. The event was held on Saturday July 8th 2017 at Impact Hub, Accra.
The winner, who received 16 votes beat off competition from three other pitchers, Stephanie Bediako of BAS Foundation, 10 votes; Mark Boadi of Team Governors, 11 votes; and Angela Dela of Teens Inn, 10 votes.
AccraSOUP is an innovative funding space for young entrepreneurs who wish to receive funding for their projects. Attendees pay a token of 10 cedis or more at the door, listen to four innovative ideas to help build Accra, enjoy soup, network and vote on the ideas pitched. The winner of the vote gets all the money collected at the door.
Speaking to Mr Desmond-Jesse Mensa, the winner said he was grateful for the opportunity to share his idea with a larger audience.
“I was shocked I won. Winning was a big surprise. Because all the ideas were super good especially Treasures of Litter. I spoke to him and I intend to collaborate with him in the future. But I’m happy I won.”
He also disclosed how he intended to use the seed money and promised to be transparent with the expense of the grant.
“The money would be used to train volunteers for the “Just Do It” project. There are 18 volunteers in all. After the training, we’ll organise a couple of events if there’s some remainder.
“AccraSOUP is a great initiative. And since individuals contribute the money for the winner, accountability is needed to sustain the trust in AccraSOUP. Hence I promise to be transparent with the expenditure. People need to know what I used the money for. So I promise to account for everything.”
Second runner-up Stephanie Bediako also expressed her satisfaction with the event and explained how beneficial the event has been for her.
“I benefited from AccraSOUP a great deal. My expectations were that I’d get an attentive audience and I did. I also got a lot of interesting ideas to make my project better. I met with other entrepreneurs who are willing to help me push my agenda forward.”
On what to expect next from Stephanie Bediako and BAS Foundation, the young entrepreneurs said, “Next step for BAS Foundation is continuing with our school tours in September. Also the foundation will be making donations to Pantang psychiatry hospital in October.”
Speaking for the AccraSOUP Crew, the Media Relations Officer, Nabby Koomson disclosed the organisers’ satisfaction with the event and emphasised the good work of AccraSOUP.
“We were very satisfied with the event and the turnout was very impressive. A lot of planning went into it and it showed in how well the event went.
“We are on course with our mission, which is to fund, celebrate, empower and support creative social projects in Accra. We hope to have a capital city full of problem-solving projects and active community-minded citizens very soon,” she said.
Ms Koomson also expressed gratitude to all contributors to the event and called on stakeholders to support the project to make it bigger.
“We say thank you to the attendees and ayeekoo to the pitchers, we entreat you to spread the good news about Accra Soup.
“We would also like to call on stakeholders of the city to support the event to make it bigger. AccraSOUP is all about building Accra, the bigger it gets, the better for us all,” the co-founder concluded.
AccraSOUP is a quarterly event and the next one should be expected in November.
Source: Goddy Nana Mens/Newsghana.com.gh