• Entrepreneurship is almost a buzz word today. You may be wondering what entrepreneurship really is, and where you might go to learn about how to do it right. Well, you are in luck! Today, The African Exponent brings you the top entrepreneurship education programs in Africa

    1. The Akilah Institute for Women

    Founded by Elizabeth Dearborn and her husband Dave, the Akilah institute aims to train young African women with the goal of equipping them with market relevant skills that enable them to find rewarding jobs after graduation. The institute offers courses in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems and Hospitality. It currently has campuses in Rwanda’s Kigali and Burundi’s Bujumbura. If you are a young African woman looking to get some Fquality education, The African Exponent recommends that you consider the Akilah institute. Here is a video of Ms. Elizabeth’s interview with the Forbes magazine.

    2. Ashesi University

    A real trailblazer, Ashesi University,  “aims to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa”, with a strong emphasis on cultivating critical thinking and leadership skills among its students. The university, located in Ghana, was founded by Dr. Patrick Awuah. Dr. Awuah quit microsoft to start the institution, which has been doing exceptionally well.

    3. The African Leadership Academy

    With the goal of building the next generation of African leaders, the African Leadership Academy (ALA), has been educating students since 2008. Its training curriculum couples standard secondary school classes with a number of entrepreneurship courses and activities. It’s founder, Fred Swaniker, has now founded the African Leadership University with the goal of continuing ALA’s mission. The school is located in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa.

    4. The Branson Center for Entrepreneurship in South Africa

    Founded in 2005 by Richard Branson, who is arguably the foremost entrepreneur of our time, this institute supports budding entrepreneurs and empowers them to achieve their dreams.  It provides the resources and inspiration that these entrepreneurs need so as to scale their ventures and create more jobs. Due to its success, Richard Branson started a similar center in Jamaica.

    5. The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

    Founded in 2008, this Ghanaian based institute provides aspiring African entrepreneurs with a fully sponsored twelve month- long intensive program aimed at equipping them with the skills to take their ventures to the next level. Subjects include computer programming, software development, product management, finance, marketing, sales and leadership training.