We empower young Ghanaians to change society through entrepreneurship and innovation.
We practice what we preach
We leave no one behind
When we fail we learn
- Empower young africans to change society by developing innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets.
- Support development of innovative and successful businesses in Ghana which are sustainable and financially viable.
- Promote and boost computer literacy.
The youth population in Africa and Ghana is rapidly growing and so is youth unemployment.
Lack of stronger educational foundation, entrepreneurial skills and capital are among some of the key factors affecting youth employment and entrepreneurship in Ghana. Nevertheless, Ghana is endowed with very smart, creative and talented people who regardless of the socio-economic challenges, are applying themselves and making decent livelihoods for themselves and their families.
Increasingly, the youth are developing innovative ways to overcome poverty for themselves and their communities. These and other developments are changing the narrative of Africa away from a continent plagued by hunger, poverty and diseases to a continent endowed with talented individuals who are relentlessly seeking and developing innovative ways of addressing broader socio-economic challenges of our age.
InspiNest (Inspire Nest) was established to support this new narrative by empowering and providing the youth of Ghana with the necessary tools and support to succeed in their undertakings.
The co-founders of InspiNest, Felix Dumong and Mark Achaw are driven to provide people especially those in deprived communities the tools and skills to overcome the challenges of the 21st century. Our interesting but challenging journey has been marked with constant learning and development with the aim of unlocking unlimited opportunities for the youth through but not limited to Information Technology (IT). It is therefore not a coincidence that we both started our early professional lives in a region noted to have limited opportunities for the youth, especially in the IT space. We aspire to inspire the youth with our knowledge, experience and connection.
In 2001, Mark Achaw, then a computer instructor at the Ayi Owen International School in the Brong Ahafo of Ghana was determined to empower and improve girls’ interest in computers and Information technology (IT) as well as evolve techniques of providing alternative learning to students with dyslexia. Consequently, with the support of the school Director, various computer camps (in today’s terms boot camps or hackathons) and blended learning sessions (which combined traditional classroom learning with multimedia aids and computer educational programs) were organized for these special groups. These initiatives have since evolved and today Ayi Owen International is known for organizing successful tailored computer lab programs for pupils at all levels including preschool.
In 2014, Felix Dumong, who had just completed his National Service wanted a new fresh start. Like most of his colleagues, finding the right employment was a challenge. He had the passion and desire to change lives through Information Technology, by developing systems and training people, to empower and give them an advantage in the field of Information Technology. Thus, he established DUMONG SYSTEMS (DS) an Information Technology company specializes in database management, application development, application support and software development training.
His decision to establish DUMONG SYSTEMS in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana was first and foremost to catalyze and be the change driver for the promotion and development of IT skills in the region. Additionally, he wanted to demonstrate that successful businesses can also be developed in resource-limited environments. He has since demonstrated that by developing various business software applications for Micro- Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across Ghana. Also, various training and internship progammes have been organized for different groups including children between the ages 7-14 years. DUMONG SYSTEMS shares its office space with Inspinest Foundation in the heart of Sunyani.
In 2020 the founders welcomed Emil Persson, an entrepreneur and educated innovator from Denmark, and together founded InspiNest Foundation as an officially registered NGO in Ghana.
Since late 2021, the core operation at InspiNest Foundation has been about the implementation of development projects in the Bono Region in cooporation with the Danish partner Civil Connections Community Foundation and funded by CISU (Civil Society in Development).