The BET-Ghana Business Plan Competition is an initiative of the BET-Ghana project, a trans- disciplinary research and transfer project between the University of Cape Coast and the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. The competition is aimed at promoting start-ups and entrepreneurship in the Consumer Goods and Food Processing (CG & FP) industry as part of the broader goal of enhancing the employability and (self-) employment opportunities of students and graduates in the Ghanaian economy. Download COMPETITION POSTER


Structure of competition

The BET-Ghana Business Plan Competition involves a four stage process comprising:

1.   submission of concept paper on a business idea in the CG &FP industry,

2.   participation in a day’s training on business plan writing for top 20 shortlisted applicants,

3.   submission of business plan by top 20 shortlisted applicants; and

4.   pitching to a panel of experts.

Eligibility criteria for participation

In order to participate in the competition, applicant must:

1.   be a non-final year student of the University Cape Coast studying through any of the modes available i.e. regular, sandwich or distance; and
2.   have a business idea that falls within the CG &FP industry.

Applicants with business concepts that are already operational; and applicants who possess a valid national passport will have an added advantage.


Top 10 finalists will receive business implementation training in Germany in 2021.

List of Possible Consumer Goods and Food Processing Items

Consumer Goods Secondary and Tertiary Processing of the following Food Items
Soap (bar and liquid), shower gel Roots and tubers (flour, gari mix)
Body and hair cream, lotion Essential oils, omega 3 fatty acids
Packaging material such as paper, plastic Meat and poultry products
Construction materials e.g. tiles, adhesives, putty fillers

Chocolate drinks and cocoa based products

Toiletries e.g. tissue paper, napkin, sanitizer Fruit and vegetable drinks, beverages
Dispensers for washing, food storage Nuts, seeds and processed spices
Clothes, hangers Cereal grains, legumes
Coats and scrubs Mineral water
Fashion designs and accessories e.g. beads, necklaces, hats, fascinators Fermented and alcoholic drinks (noni juice, yoghurt, vinegar, dry gin)
Fashion accessories Dairy products
Footwear Fungus, mushrooms
Charcoal briquettes. activated charcoal Egg powder
Chalk, markers Sweeteners e.g. sugars, honey, stevia
Wig oil Fish, sea foods, shellfish
Art works Salt
Interior decor, wall papers, designer brush Dried fruits and vegetables
Embroidery designs Snacks, dessert, bread, biscuits, spreads


The deadline for submission of a business concept is Monday, 15th June, 2020.