Accelerating Entrepreneurship Support in Universities in Kenya- AESU

Fast-growth entrepreneurial ventures are essential for prosperity and social progress.  Small businesses can be agile early movers in adapting to new trends and responding to crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  Universities play a crucial role in underpinning innovation and entrepreneurial activities.  They provide the conditions, facilities and talent that foster the emergence of breakthrough ideas.


The partnership between Riara University (RU), Kenya, The Open University, UK, and Ashoka East Africa seeks to renew and adapt the entrepreneurship curriculum to produce enterprising graduates capable of securing employment and commercialising locally developed innovations in Kenya.

The project addresses a fundamental question: How does curriculum adaptation enable SSA educators to adapt entrepreneurship-related courses delivered through classroom-based environments to blended learning environments within the context of digital innovation?

The project team has designed and launched a Virtual Accelerator, providing a digital infrastructure for deploying and scaling entrepreneurship training and networking with the industry.  The accelerator puts into practice hard-learned classroom-based learning.


The partnership allows graduates to learn about entrepreneurship.  This knowledge will come in handy with resources such as coaching and mentorship from other business people who will motivate these young entrepreneurs to walk in their unique entrepreneurship journeys.

Through action research, the project has designed and launched a Virtual Accelerator digital infrastructure for deploying and scaling entrepreneurship training and networking with industry for students to put into practice classroom-based learning.  In addition, through virtual workshops, the project will build the capacity within the partnership and establish a project management structure to sustain the partnership.


More about Innovation for African Universities

The Innovation for African Universities (IAU) project, part of the British Council’s Going Global Partnerships programme, seeks to foster the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within universities and facilitate the development of skills required to build industries, companies, products and services in Africa. The IAU programme is implemented by the Centre of Excellence (CoE), a partnership between the City, University of London, Nairobi, and ChangeSchool UK. The Programme comprises 24 UK universities, Sub-Saharan African universities, and entrepreneurial ecosystem organizations. The Programme is running in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

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