Dissemination Conference of the Accelerating Entrepreneurship Support in Universities in Kenya. November 23rd 2023

Dissemination Conference of the Accelerating Entrepreneurship Support in Universities in Kenya (AESU).

November 23rd 2023

   In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering entrepreneurship within the Kenyan academic landscape, Riara University recently hosted the Dissemination Conference of the Accelerating Entrepreneurship Support in Universities (AESU) program. This collaborative effort, supported by The Open University (UK), Riara University (Kenya), and esteemed ecosystem partner Ashoka East Africa, is made possible through funding from the British Council under the inaugural Innovation for African Universities (IAU) program.

The forthcoming event will convene key stakeholders from the entrepreneurial and academic spheres, establishing a platform for meaningful discussions and the exchange of innovative ideas. Representatives from Riara University, The Open University (UK), and Ashoka East Africa will highlight the critical role of collaborative efforts in advancing entrepreneurship within the region.

Objectives of the AESU Program:

The AESU program, grounded in the belief that universities are pivotal in nurturing entrepreneurial mindsets, seeks to expedite the development of entrepreneurship support mechanisms within Kenyan universities. Through strategic partnerships and a commitment to knowledge exchange, the program aims to establish an ecosystem that empowers students and faculty to actively participate in entrepreneurial ventures.

Conference Highlights:

  • Keynote Addresses: Renowned experts in entrepreneurship and education will deliver compelling keynote addresses, emphasizing the transformative potential of integrating entrepreneurial principles into university curricula.

  • Panel Discussions: Engaging panel discussions will unite educators, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to explore the challenges and opportunities of embedding entrepreneurship into the academic landscape. Discussions will also delve into the instrumental role of partnerships in amplifying the impact of such initiatives.

  • Success Stories: Successful entrepreneurs who have navigated the intersection of academia and business will share their experiences, providing invaluable insights for aspiring innovators.

  • Interactive Workshops: Participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive workshops focused on the practical aspects of entrepreneurship education, fostering an environment of experiential learning.

Impact and Future Prospects:

The collaborative efforts of Riara University, The Open University (UK), and Ashoka East Africa, with support from the British Council’s IAU program, underscore a commitment to driving tangible change in the Kenyan entrepreneurial landscape. The imminent Dissemination Conference will serve as a pivotal moment for sharing best practices, building networks, and laying the foundation for continued collaboration.

As the AESU program unfolds, the collective ambition is to witness a ripple effect across Kenyan universities, where entrepreneurship becomes integral to the academic culture. The partnerships forged during this conference are anticipated to catalyze the creation of a robust ecosystem that nurtures and sustains entrepreneurial endeavors.

The upcoming Dissemination Conference of the AESU program, marks a significant stride toward fostering a culture of entrepreneurship within Kenyan universities. The commitment of all stakeholders involved promises a transformative journey ahead, where academia and entrepreneurship seamlessly converge for the benefit of students, institutions, and the nation at large.

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