Entrepreneurship Focal Area

Through this focal area, we explore and share tools and methods that institutions may use to create and sustain an entrepreneurial ecosystem that nurtures creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit in students to solve continental and global problems.

Feature

Building employable graduates: A collaborative model for soft skills development

A common concern raised by industries is the lack of soft skills among graduates. In response, Kepler College, a private tertiary institution in Rwanda, has established the Kepler Soft Skills Center, focusing on communication, technology competency, and professionalism.

Focal initiatives

Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Development Project

This initiative aims to explore, share, and implement methods and best practices to entrepreneurship ecosystem development in higher education institutions in Africa, using successful ecosystems on the continent including Ashesi University’s case.

The outputs will contribute to a framework for formal entrepreneurship education in Africa to guide higher education institutions and will be presented to regulators for consideration in higher education industry governance in Africa.   

Education Collaborative Business Incubation Hub Guidebook

Universities play a vital role in fostering the entrepreneurial pursuits of students, by developing functional entrepreneurial spaces like incubation hubs. The Business Incubation Hub Guidebook is a step-by-step guide to helping higher education institutions to design, implement, or improve their incubation hubs.

The tools and best practices outlined in the guidebook were curated from exemplar systems in The Education Collaborative network.

General Engagements and Resources

Join a Community of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoP) are workgroups of educators, administrators, experts, and other stakeholders in Africa’s higher education sector. Members in the CoPs try out innovative models with minimum risk, get access to microgrants, get funding for innovations, and leverage other members’ collective competencies to deliver practical transformative solutions to their campuses and organizations. Engagement is year-round and includes research projects, symposiums, speaker sessions, reflection sessions, program reviews, and new program development.   

Join a CoP 

Join a Speaker Session

The Speaker Series invites thought leaders, practitioners, and educators to share ideas, policies, models, and findings that spark discussions and push for new and improved of doing things. Structured as a colloquium, speakers from an open and unbiased stance will touch on trending issues on entrepreneurship in African higher-ed institutions. The Speaker Series takes place virtually and occurs every quarter. It is open to the public. Do you know a thought leader in career development and graduate employability? Suggest a speaker to feature in our next speaker session.  

Nominate a speaker  

Request unit-specific support 

Facilitating the learning and sharing of best practices, The Education Collaborative provides department-specific support on a need basis. This ranges from career services support for strategic planning and goal setting, improving student employability outcomes as a department and developing institution-wide initiatives that improve career development for students.  

Request Support

Innovation and Proof of Concept Grant

These are small grants offered by The Eduction Collaborative to support qualified and eligible institutions in the network explore, develop, test or improve on innovative ideas that can lead to significant advancements in certain fields of higher education in Africa. The Education Collaborative is constantly looking for institutions in the network who innovate towards achieving our shared goal of transforming 1.1 million ethical entrepreneurial graduates with skills, knowledge, and character to be good citizens and to lead institutions and economies in Africa.

If you have innovative ideas for research, publications, or projects to transform career development in Africa,  submit your concept or idea, and learn how The Education Collaborative can support.

Submit an idea

Share a resource

Get published on The Education Collaborative’s Learning Hub where network members have access to resources. The Education Collaborative provides the space for both virtual and in-person learning, through facilitating mentorship, and learning and sharing of resources within the network. Submit an article, a publication, a guidebook, or a resource that presents ideas on achieving improved employability outcomes in institutions across Africa.  

Share a resource 

In the News

Education Collaborative Business Incubation Hub Guidebook

This guidebook serves as a roadmap for universities aiming to establish entrepreneurship hubs. It draws inspiration from the successful pilot program of iiLab at Africa Development University and incorporates best practices from other African universities.

2. Education Collaborative Business Incubation Hub Guidebook

This guidebook serves as a roadmap for universities aiming to establish entrepreneurship hubs. It draws inspiration from the successful pilot program of iiLab at Africa Development University and incorporates best practices from other African universities.

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