Entrepreneurship Focal Area

Through this focal area, we explore share, and implement methods to enable institutions to have the tools and know-how to create and sustain a range of institutional and infrastructural systems that nurture creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit in students to solve problems.

Entrepreneurship Focal Initiatives

Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Project

This project/initiative aims to explore, share, and implement a method and best practices to Entrepreneurship Ecosystem development on HEI campuses 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 HEIs and will be presented to regulators for consideration in higher education industry governance in Africa.   

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Innovation and Design Incubator and Maker Space Program Manual

The Innovation and Design Incubator and Maker Space Program Manual aims to develop an easy-to-follow, stepbystep manual on how to successfully create an incubator and maker space in higher education institutions. The manual will present readers with guidelines for curriculum development for incubators and how to combine it with higher education institutions’ overall framework. It was initiated with a case study focusing on the Ilimi Innovation Lab in African Development University (ADU) in Niger. 

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Support Programs

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.  

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Share a ‘big’ idea

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. Do you have innovative ideas for research, publications, or projects to transform career development in Africa? Propose an 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.  

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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.  

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