The competition is open to all SMEs registered in Ghana.It is not a condition of entry that the SME be a member of any SME Association or Chamber. However, to enter the competition, all SME must comply with the following criteria:

  • Be an SME registered in Ghana that has been created for at least six month and/or three continuous years and immediately prior to its entry to the competition and onwards until the Award ceremony.
  • Be a SME that has been incorporated under the laws of Registrar General Department of Ghana and has a principal place of business in Ghana (through maintaining an office with employee(s) in Ghana
Business must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Registered in Ghana
  • Fully owned by Ghanaian(s)
  • Resident in Ghana
  • In active operation for at least three continuous years
  • Must have fulfilled all tax obligations for the said period
  • Employs not less than 10 persons and not exceeding 250 employees
  • Must have a turnover ranging from GHC90,000.00 and not exceeding GHC45million as per the definition of the SME Ghana Awards


  • Must not be a branch of another business
  • A franchisee or franchisor
  • Part of a larger business that may control its finances
  • Companies that have been cited in any malfeasance prior to the award
  • Companies which do not meet the entry requirements stated above