February 3, 2017 - The Foundations of Design and Entrepreneurship (FDE) class hosted a cross-section of entrepreneurs as part of a panel discussion to help expose students to real-word enterprises. The panelists who included Edem Akpan of Teleclass Ghana, Awurabena Agyeman and Angorkor Nai-Kwabe of Wear Ghana and TK Azaglo of Future of Africa, shared their stories with the students and engaged them on lessons learned in running new ventures.

“There’s always that gap between theory and practice,” said Dr. Gordon Adomdza, lead faculty of the FDE course. “Because we’re doing business simulations, we saw the need to make it feel real. So by bringing in some young entrepreneurs who are also ‘near peers’ of the students, they get to learn how they went about setting up their ventures. Hopefully the stories shared will resonate with the students and inspire them as well.”

As part of the year-long class for freshmen, students explore entrepreneurship through design thinking and problem solving. Through the span of the class, teams of students form and run startups aimed at tackling everyday problems, while building experience in the entrepreneurial space.

“Ashesi is such a beacon of hope when it comes to Ghanaian education and it was a great honour to share what we at Wear Ghana have learnt on our entrepreneurial journey with the  students,” said Awurabena Agyeman, co-founder of Wear Ghana. “We left as very proud Ghanaians and wish the FDE students all the best as they put their business ideas to the test.”