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Accelerating Entrepreneurship Support in Universities in Kenya

Project Aims

Through establishing and operating a virtual Accelerator, the partnership will renew and adapt the curriculum with a view to producing enterprising graduates who are capable of securing employment and/or commercialising locally developed innovations that harness digital technology and contribute to addressing the climate emergency in Kenya.

The Accelerator will impact cohorts of graduates and student start-ups who will be able to either gain direct employment or empowered to access and act on available resources to successfully establish, manage and grow social and commercial enterprises in their home environment.

For Phase 1 (October – December 2021), the partnership will draw on ongoing action research and capacity-building workshops to design and develop a plan for setting-up a virtual Accelerator at Riara University. 

For Phase 2 (January – September 2022), the network will support the piloting of the Accelerator and undertake strategic initiatives to enhance its long-term sustainability.

Project Partners 

The Open University Business School

  • Principal Investigator: Michael Zisuh Ngoasong, Senior Lecturer
  • Suzzie Aidoo, PhD Student in Business Studies

Riara University, Kenya 

  • Professor Abel Kinoti Meru, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs & Dean, School of Business
  • Rehema Kagendo Mugendi-Kiarie, Lecturer

Ashoka East Africa 

  • Vincent Otieno Odhiambo, Regional Director, East Africa
  • Arnold Printer Otieno (AO), Monitoring and Evaluation Expert

Funding body

British Council inaugural Innovation for African Universities (IAU) programme 2021