Startup Grind Tamale is launching its maiden edition with great and inspiring speakers with an eager startup ecosystem ready to get to the boost from this launchpad.
We have the awesome pioneer Peter Awin, The Founder and CEO of Cowtribe creating innovative solutions to solve critical problems in the livestock sector in Africa and also Kojo Adde-Mensah, CEO of Databank.
Peter Awin the Co-founder and CEO of Cowtribe. A company crossing lab-lines in an effort to create innovative solutions to critical problems in the livestock sector in Africa, change the status quo and ensuring that farmers and their animals have the resources necessary to continue making progress towards a hunger-free world where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy safe, nutritious, and delicious food.He is also an ardent capacity-builder which he overtly demonstrated in co-founding Afrilead Institute to develop the capacity of individuals in Northern Ghana by equipping them entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.
Kojo Addae-Mensah is Group Chief Executive Officer of Databank Group. He has over 18 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining Databank Group, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Ghana Commercial Bank Limited, Ghana’s largest and most profitable bank. Before that, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Bank Ghana Limited, the largest foreign-owned bank in Ghana. He has a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry in Ghana.
An animal welfare activist, a social entrepreneur and a startup enthusiast with over 8 years experience in business development. His passion is finding simple solutions to everyday problems in order to make life easy for individuals most especially in Africa. He founded a couple of successful ventures including Afrilead which supports startups in Ghana to fill their short-term talent gap and CowTribe another social enterprise that is pioneering powerful mobile solutions that has the potential of quickly ensuring that every farmer in Africa has access to basic animal health care from anywhere and anytime.
Kojo’s experience is not only in the commercial banking space, as his career began at Databank in 1998 with the corporate finance team. This is where the Databank’s Leap High values of Leadership, Excellence, Humility and Integrity were imbibed in him. Kojo has lived by these values throughout his successful career and will continue to ensure it is the cornerstone of Databank Group.
After his short stint at Databank in the 90s, Kojo worked with the Standard Chartered group for several years where he played various roles in Ghana, India, Kenya and Botswana.
Kojo is an avid soccer fan, wrote a column in the Kotoko Express for over 15 years. Kojo is a national TV pundit and also hosts the morning show on various radio stations from time to time. With a heart for helping those in need, Kojo is a Director of the Changing Lives Endowment Fund, aimed at supporting bright and needy children at the SHS level. Kojo is motivated by his desire for excellence and results, which is reflected in every task that he completes, both inside and outside of the office, and in the people that he surrounds himself with.
Kojo holds both an MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon.