One of the youngest Student Entrepreneurs in Ghana is Eric Vondee. At age 22, Eric is the Founder and C.E.O of My Home Teacher, an Actuarial Science student of the University of Cape Coast, a Broadcast Journalist for his campus radio station, ATL FM, an Actor and a Singer.
At age 18, after Eric completed his secondary education at Apam Senior High, he made it a point not to depend on his parents but to be independent. “I made a resolution about myself not to demand school fees from my parents neither will I ask them for pocket money. Because I believe that at the age of eighteen when you can vote and decide who should be the president of your country then you must be able to also cater for yourself.”
This is not to say that his parents were not financially sound to pay for his fees nor cater for him but it was rather a responsibility he set for himself to fight to make a living.
His startup, My Home Teacher is a business organization that connects parents with well qualified teachers to get quality, private tuition for their wards at home at fairly moderate fees. Parents of primary, junior high and senior high school students subscribe with the organization.
Today, “My Home Teacher” is creating jobs. It has employed six teachers so far with over 100 teachers on their database awaiting employment. The organization has also helped dramatically improved the academic performance of many pupils, including Abigail who recently received the most improved student award on her graduation day in 2015. My Home Teacher has chalked a number of successes nationally. The company was nominated as the Best Student Startup at the 2016 Ghana Startup Awards. It won the Best Novelty Project in June 2016.
In March 2015, Eric was named as one of Top 30 Young Ghanaian Achievers by Newaccra Magazine. He was also nominated in several categories in the 2015 Ghana Tertiary Awards as Student of The Year, as well as Most Influential Student in Entrepreneurship and Radio Presenting. In August 2016, he was named as part of Top 100 Student Entrepreneurs in Ghana. In April 2016, he received a special recognition at the TEDxAccra event by one of the notable speakers about his achievement. In March 2017, he was featured in a book that highlight the inspiring stories of 60 Changemakers in Ghana. Eric has been featured in interviews and publications by several top media houses in Ghana and was named as “The Rising Star of Ghana” by an Indian Magazine, IUeMAG.
Eric had this to say about his recent (March 2017) nomination as part of Coca Cola’s 60 Young Ghanaian Achievers Awards “It was a great feeling being named as part of 60 Young Achievers in Ghana. This recognition has boosted my reputation, confidence and above all there will be an exponential growth in my social enterprise, ‘My Home Teacher’”.
Keep Soaring Eric “Africa Is Proud of You”.