The Founder of Bright Generation Community Foundation in Kumasi, Bernice Dapaah, has emerged as a finalist of the 2010 Harvard University Women in Business Social Entrepreneurship Award. Ms Dapaah, who is currently pursuing a Human Resource Management programme at the Christian Service University, has started the Foundation to create employment opportunities for street girls and the physically challenged in Kumasi by rescuing oodles of plastic trash from the city of Kumasi and turning them into decorative beads and high fashion eco-green products like laptop bags, raincoats, tote-bags, wallets etc.
The Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business for Good social enterprise competition seeks to facilitate creativity, innovation, and collaboration among social entrepreneurs, increase the visibility of social entrepreneurship, and encourage college students to consider social entrepreneurship as they move into the working world.
The second annual Harvard University Women In Business (HUWIB) will bring together about 1,000 of the top undergraduate women from around the world to reward impactful social enterprise ideas among college students and encourage tomorrow's leaders to boldly pursue their career goals by exposing them to a vast range of industries and a wide network of professionals, help participants redefine their conception of business by introducing them to a variety of opportunities and by highlighting the importance of corporate social responsibility
Ms Bernice Dapaah, who is also the brain behind the Ghana bamboo bikes project - a commitment project of the Clinton Global Initiative University and a finalist of the seed initiative awards - together with her team will make a final pitch to high profile Harvard judges including Elizabeth Blake, the Senior Vice President of Habitat for Humanity; Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Product and User Experience for Google; Kate White, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine; and accessories designer Lauren Merkin on Saturday at the Harvard University in the United States.