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Communique – Incubating Climate Innovation 2024

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On June 13, 2024, the Ashesi University’s Ghana Climate Innovation Centre hosted its 6th Incubating Climate Innovation Symposium at the Kempinski Hotel.

Under the theme “Catalyzing Climate Innovation: From Ideas to Impact,” the event sought to redefine success in the climate adaptation space, aiming to inspire collaboration and drive tangible outcomes.

This was explored through discussions on key topics such as Investing in Climate Solutions – Mobilizing Capital for Impact, From Ideas to Impact, Incubating Climate Solutions, and Building Resilience – Overcoming Challenges in Climate Entrepreneurship.

Esteemed speakers from several sectors and countries shared insights and proposed actions to address the pressing climate challenges. Based on their contributions, the following recommendations are proposed:

 Key Recommendations:

Integrate Climate and Development Policies

Recognize that climate challenges are developmental challenges. Ghana’s progress towards becoming a high-income country by 2056 and doubling its per capita GDP in the medium term is intrinsically linked to addressing climate change.

Implement policies that maximize synergies between climate adaptation and mitigation initiatives and development goals. Prioritize and sequence interventions to achieve optimal results.

Empower Women in Climate Leadership

Harness the leadership potential of women in achieving global climate objectives. Intentional efforts should be made to support and include women at all levels of climate action and innovation.

Address specific barriers faced by female-led businesses, encouraging them to engage fully with available funding and support mechanisms.

Foster a Supportive Ecosystem for Innovation

Create a conducive environment where climate innovations can thrive, which includes better fiscal policies, supportive government policies, and access to capital.

Encourage collaboration among stakeholders as impactful ideas often arise from collective efforts.

Focus on Problem-Solving and Value Creation

Emphasize the importance of understanding and loving the problem being addressed. Clarity in problem-solving approaches is essential for attracting investment and achieving sustainable solutions.

Ensure that businesses create genuine value as a basis for financial success. Innovations should be geared towards solving real problems and generating tangible impacts.

Develop Bold Paradigm-Shifting Innovations

Encourage the development of bold, paradigm-shifting innovations that can attract funding and address the infrastructure needs of the 21st century in Africa.

Support early-stage incubation to build investible and globally competitive businesses. Investment in the early stages of innovation is crucial for long-term success.

Align Policy with Green Growth Strategies

Governments must create the right policy incentives and environments to support climate entrepreneurs. Effective policy frameworks are essential for implementing green growth strategies.

Ensure that climate entrepreneurs are recognized as key vehicles for implementing government green growth strategies.

Preserve Social and Family Integrity

Recognize the integral role of women in the family unit and ensure that climate funding and initiatives do not compromise family integrity. Support systems should respect and enhance the social structures within communities.


The 6th Incubating Climate Innovation Symposium has highlighted the interconnectedness of climate and development challenges, the critical role of women in climate leadership, the necessity of a supportive ecosystem for innovation, and the importance of value creation and problem-solving. By implementing these recommendations, stakeholders can catalyze climate innovation from ideas to impactful solutions, driving Ghana and Africa towards a sustainable and resilient future.



Ruka Sanusi, Executive Director

June 2024