The Techpreneur behind Soronko Solutions

Regina Agyare is the Founder and CEO of Soronko Solutions, a software development powerhouse and social enterprise.

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Regina Agyare, a dashing successful social entrepreneur and techpreneur , CEO of Soronko Solutions. (Image Source: ashesi.edu.gh)

Soronko Solutions is a software development powerhouse cum social enterprise with the sole mission of using technology to drive human potential. The company leverages on developing innovative technology solutions across different channels such as Web, Mobile, POS and ATM to help Small and Medium scale Enterprises in Ghana create visibility and grow their businesses using technology.

With mobile phones, laptops, raspberry pi’s and tablets, they equip Ghanaian children based in rural areas with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and critical thinking skills to solve their everyday problems and fight poverty. Soronko Solutions is also working on how the physically challenged in Ghana can use technology to integrate and better fit in their respective communities. They started a movement called Tech Needs Girls where workers at Soronko mentor girls to lead and invent new ways of doing things by learning how to code.

The team has over 90 volunteers,110 mentors who are either computer scientists or engineers and 3500 mentees in 8 regions in Ghana, while expanding to Burkina Faso with Tuares to start GirlTech. The Soronko curriculum has been translated into French as the changemakers are passionate about bringing coding to girls in Francophone Africa.

How It Started

Regina Agyare is a young, dynamic social entrepreneur who graduated from Ashesi as one of the top software developers in her class. After graduation, Regina was hired by a prestigious international bank in Ghana and became the first and only female in the Information and Technology department.

After six years in the banking/technology sector, Regina decided to follow her passion and founded her own social enterprise called Soronko Solutions, which provides unique technology innovations that help make African businesses far more efficient and also creates innovative programs to improve the lives of children. Soronko Solutions also develops affordable technology solutions across different channels, for web, mobile, point of sale devices, and ATMs.

Awards

Regina was featured on CNN as one of the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She was named as one of the six women making an impact on Tech in Africa and one of 10 female entrepreneurs to look out for in emerging world economies. She was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the year by the GPA Awards from Africa 2.0 and was featured on CNN African Voices and CNN African Startups. She was also interviewed by BBC World Service, Deutsche Welle and Aljazeera. She is an Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow, Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, Vital Voices Fellow and a Change Leader with Tigo Reach For Change.

She was chosen as the 2016 Vlisco Ambassador for Ghana in recognition of the courage she embodied as she fearlessly achieved her dreams despite the obstacles of operating in a male-dominated field and the burden of fighting against social stigmas. (Image Source: pulse.com.gh)

She belongs to the African Leadership Network and the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa . Her story was published in the Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook and Impatient Optimist blog by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She was also a finalist for the ITU African Digital Woman of the Year. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow thus had the honour of meeting Barack and Michelle Obama.
Regina Agyare of the Ashesi ’05 Alumni, broke barriers in corporate Africa before unearthing the award-winning social enterprise Soronko Solutions. She helps businesses grow, and brings technology–and confidence–to African youth.