What started as a passion for looking at different alternative solutions into ways in which we can transform our waste generated into better use , instead of just disposing of it anyhow more especially in the street  , has now been turned into a full time business, according to the founder and CEO of SHAE Recycling Mr. Emmanuel Mac- Boima.

The company which is a family run company started out in the early 2017, when Mr. Mac- Boima started doing research into what are the possibilities and the suitable waste recycling application that could be applied in the Sierra Leone Context.

Few months down the line SHAE Recycling Company Ltd was started with the core activity of doing garbage collection for both domestic (household) and commercial business houses, using the back yard of a residential house as it base of operation / office. Due to patience and perseverance the company is now planning to move into a new office space at No 7 Spur Road next to the Lebanese Embassy, with better working tools and a spacious operations works yard.

Furthermore the company which is now in collaboration with CCAYEN-SL Investment (Community Children and Youth Empowerment Network Sierra Leone Investment) which is based in Kenema and also involved in the waste recycling business, jointly have started experimenting and will begin mass production of the following recycled products using recycling applications, so please put in your order now as the first batch of our products will be ready shortly in the coming weeks;

Pavement Bricks – The recycling of waste plastic into pavement bricks that can be used in home construction, or the construction of the street sidewalks.

Converting Used Tires into Furniture’s; this could be used in our tourism sector to beautify our hotels and restaurants

Bio Charcoal and Eco Stove; This could also help in serving as an alternative way of cooking instead of using cooking gas , because this is a much cheaper option , it is odor less, smokeless, burns for long red hot and environmentally friendly.

For more information about our products and services, please feel free to contact us;

7 Spur Road, next to Lebanese Embassy /

+23278 883 113 / +232 78 55 44 27 / +232 76 601 446


Enabling the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Sierra Leone.

The term ‘ecosystem’ in a business context was coined by Moore (1993) in an article where he argued that businesses do not evolve as isolated entities but develop through interaction with suppliers, financiers and customers.

Stam (2015) proposed entrepreneurial ecosystems are “a set of interdependent actors and factors coordinated in such a way that they enable productive entrepreneurship”.

An Entrepreneurship Ecosystem is ‘a set of interconnected entrepreneurial actors (both potential and existing), entrepreneurial organisations (e.g. firms, venture capitalists, business angels and banks), institutions (universities, public sector agencies and financial bodies) and entrepreneurial processes, which formally and informally coalesce to connect, mediate and govern the performance within the local entrepreneurial environment’.

Entrepreneurship Ecosystems facilitate the creation of environments conducive to collaboration, synergy, networking and internationalisation. They further encourage and spur innovation. Evidence shows that domestic and foreign investors are attracted to sectors with strong entrepreneurship ecosystems, such as tech and innovation.

Inspired by research on the importance of entrepreneurship for sustained economic growth and improved well-being, many governments and non-governmental grant-making organizations have sought over the past decade to implement policies and programs intended to support entrepreneurs. 

Over this interval, growing appreciation of the limits of strategies focused narrowly on financing or training entrepreneurs has prompted a number of such entities to shift their efforts toward more broad-based strategies aimed at enabling “entrepreneurial ecosystems” at the city or sub-national regional scale. “Enabling the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem-Philip E. Auerswald, October 2015. Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation”.

For entrepreneurship and innovation to play the crucial role that they can in creating significant value, employment and growing Sierra Leone’s economy, we need to develop a new breed of entrepreneurs – disruptive, value-creating and high-growth entrepreneurs, ‘Productive Entrepreneurs’.

These Productive Entrepreneurs correspond to the expansion and creation of new firms, while unproductive entrepreneurs correspond to rent-seeking activities. There is a third type which are the destructive entrepreneurs which correspond with the trade in illicit goods.

Individual entrepreneurs and innovators in Sierra Leone by and large face three options: Seek economic rents within the status quo; challenge the status quo though disruptive innovations; or leave the society altogether to seek an environment more welcoming to economic creativity.

It is important not to confuse support for entrepreneurship and innovation with the generic strengthening of the “business climate”. The business climate includes both incumbents and new entrants. Our focus is on new entrants.

These new entrants are off a particular type; Schumpeterian Entrepreneurship. These are Sierra Leoneans that are disrupting existing business models; they are operating in very uncertain times; they see the value of technology; they are not rent seeking but yearn to create value that is consistent with your own values. They operate, nonetheless is an environment that is characterize by high cost of communication and internet; with meagre human resources in the tech space; and with a nonexistent entrepreneurial ecosystem. Yet the capacity of these entrepreneurs to innovate is just as strong as similar entrepreneurs in other parts of the world.

We celebrate disruptive entrepreneurs in Accra, Nairobi, Kigali and Johannesburg. Yet, in Sierra Leone we have entrepreneurs that have built robots; design and developed a face recognition software; have create services utilizing drone technology and even ideas of 3D printing of agriculture equipment and small machinery.

What is lacking for these entrepreneurs to move these ideas from seed to start up and eventually growth is a platform that contains channels and nodes. This platform is an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

GEN SL and Innovation plans a seminar workshop in November on “Enabling the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Sierra Leone”

Francis Stevens George

Future Agro Challenge

There’s an agricultural revolution underway. And our passion is pushing the envelope until innovative and fundable food, agtech, and agriculture innovations have spread around the globe, from farm to fork and beyond. The Future Agro Challenge is the leading global competition, bringing together the best of the best to make it all happen.

As many countries and regions face global challenges in food security, food safety, food waste and healthy sustainable diets, local and regional solutions right in our backyards are often overlooked. Too many voices go unheard. Are you already integrated with a local network and infrastructure? Our vast network is here to showcase, grow, and expand your vision.

FAC culminates every year with its Global Agripreneurs Summit, where the most promising ideas and ventures on an international level are selected to compete for the title of the ”Agripreneur of the Year”.

The competition will be open for entries from July 1st 2018. National finals will be held on November 14th in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

You can enter with ideas on any of the following:

  • Foodtech
  • Agtech
  • Agroforestry & Husbandry
  • Food or Beverage Product or Retail
  • Food Security & Sustainability
  • Food Waste
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Safety & Health
  • Packaging & Logistics
  • Agriculture Education
  • Agriculture Tourism
  • Agriculture Production & Processing

From July 1st to October 5th, you can enter via: Here

We will choose 10 finalist to do battle on November 14th during GEW SIerra Leone 2018. The panel of Judges will choose a National Winner that will represent Sierra Leone in the global finals in April 2019. The venue will be announced at the end of October.

ICommit – Freetown Pitch Night, May 16th

The next wave in Digital Disruption is uniting Fintech with Agtech.On May 16th at 232, the start up, Icommit will pitch their business. ICommit is a mobile money based conditional saving platform that allows smallholder farmers to make regular deposits during and after harvest and access the amount saved at the beginning of the planting season in order to purchase discounted agri-inputs. The platform also will help farmers sell their harvest faster and at market prices by connecting sellers with buyers across the country.

The Global Findex Database 2017 Measuring Financial Inclusion and the Fintech Revolution

The Global Findex Database 2017 presents key findings from the Global Findex database, with detailed insight into how adults in more than 140 economies access accounts, make payments, save, borrow, and manage risk. As the data show, each economy has its own successes, challenges, and opportunities when it comes to financial inclusion. A growing body of research demonstrates the impact of country advances on significant priorities such as reducing poverty, hunger, and gender inequality.

An Ecosystem- Entrepreneur’s perspective

  • At the initial conception, an entrepreneur needs a market opportunity, the ability to access the required resources such as human capital, technology and finance and some luck against competitors.
  • During their development, the entrepreneur needs to develop their business by interactively testing and improving their concept and be highly responsive to market signals to access a gap in the ‘market’, all while seeking the resources its needs for its growth and to ‘cross the chasm’ into an established entity.
  • During the maturity phase, an entrepreneur embeds the business more strongly in its environment, creating its own space, able to draw upon its own well-established source of resources. All the while, the entrepreneur pollinates and germinates its contacts and networks to become more resilient to new threats or competitors.