African HEIs Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development
This project explores, shares, and implements methods and best practices to Entrepreneurship Ecosystem development on HEI campuses in Africa using ecosystems on the continent, including Ashesi University‘s case. Specifically, the project will highlight Afro-centric pedagogies and curriculum, governance, policy support, mentorships, funding, stakeholders, and cultural systems of formal entrepreneurship training in African HEIs. Implementation is within higher education institutions located on the continent. It engages participant HEIs as partners in the process of reviewing, developing, and tracking the Ecosystems on their campuses.
The project activities include:
- Codifying thriving Entrepreneurship Ecosystems on the continent through deep research, including Ashesi University’s model.
- Developing a mentorship and consultative model working closely with partner institutions, that will support HEIs to review and build an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.
- Establishing an Entrepreneurship Community of Practice to engage in year round continuous innovation around maximizing the efficiencies in entrepreneurship ecosystems in HEIs in Africa.
Dr Sena Agbodjah is a Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Project Management and serves as the Head of the Business Administration Department at Ashesi. She holds a BSc. and PhD in Building Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Her primary research and project interest areas are in urban and rural enterprise development; African-centered early childhood education curriculum development; unpacking entrepreneurship ecosystems; supporting start-up universities in developing curriculum development and academic affairs structuring; telling the African story with a focus on African youth and women. Her future work focuses on research and projects concerned with ecovillage building, leveraging community resources: capacity and skillsets of community members and other local resources, to co-build sustainable ecovillages while building sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystems towards the achievement of Africa’s Agenda 2063 goals and aspirations.
Dr Murithi is the project co-lead. He has over 11 years’ experience working in the higher education sector in the UK, Ghana and Kenya. He holds a Visiting Research Fellow position with the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at De Montfort University, UK. He has a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Family Business (UK), an MSc. In International Business and Entrepreneurship (UK) and BCOM in Finance and Banking (KE). His research has been published in international journals, books and presented in international conferences. His research interests cut across Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Family Business, Institutional Environment, and Regional Development.
Annstellah Gakii is a doctoral researcher in the school of business, Kenyatta University, Kenya. Stellah, as she prefers to be called, is currently an assistant researcher for Education collaborative in Ashesi University, Ghana. She holds an MBA degree awarded by Kenyatta University. Her research interests include Entrepreneurship, digital marketing, e-tourism, and Social Networks. She has contributed to international conferences and published in international journal
Elorm is currently the Program Coordinator for the Business Administration department at Ashesi University. He is an alum of Ashesi University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has deep interest in Entrepreneurship, Economics, Strategy and Policy. He is a member of the PMI Ghana Chapter and is currently pursuing a PMP certification.
On this project, he supports the project leads with planning, coordination, monitoring, and key administrative activities. With an active interest in Entrepreneurship, he is looking forward to providing a unique perspective on HEIs can have a more Afrocentric approach to developing robust Entrepreneurship ecosystems.