Ashesi University in Ghana hosted its first cohort in Summer 2014. Fellows who enrolled in this program were native to Africa and demonstrated long-term commitment to staying in Africa after the program. The training focused specifically on social enterprise and impact investing in Africa, and fellows who took part in the placement process were considered for placements in Africa only. IBL is excited to host a second cohort at Ashesi University in the near future.
Ashesi University is a coeducational institution whose goal is to educate African leaders of exceptional integrity and professional ability. By raising the bar for higher education in Ghana, Ashesi aims to make a significant contribution towards a renaissance in Africa. The university, which began instruction in March 2002 with a pioneer class of 27 students, has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Ghana. Ashesi is the first university in Ghana to adopt and blend the Liberal Arts method of education with majors in Computer Science, Management Information Systems and Business Administration. The university is an independent, private, not-for-profit institution.
This course presents an overview of the history and current issues in social enterprise and impact investing, also introducing fellows to prominent ideas and concepts in the sector. The course makes use of case studies, group discussions, and the application of key concepts to scenarios developed in class.
The Leadership component of the IBL Program will help participants to craft and merge purpose, ethics, personal leadership, personal effectiveness, impact and legacy. The module compels participants to retreat from the ‘business’ of social enterprise and launch an introspective journey that helps them crystallize their own, personal philosophy about leadership, how this becomes the source of success.
This course will cover how to create innovative business models in an African context, focusing especially on the financial models needed to scale and attract investors. Fellows will also learn to pitch their businesses to investors. The course also allows for the application of the concepts learned to other live examples from the world of social enterprise.
A high level overview of the full range of entrepreneurial and planning issues common to building a social enterprise. While having an innovative idea is a good starting point social entrepreneurs who can execute, learn and pivot quickly to be able to build a successful social enterprise and run it profitably over time. The module will enable students to begin to explore their own execute, learn pivot cycle and how they can contribute as the leader or team member of a social enterprise. The module will use examples of social entrepreneurs across Africa to explore some of the issues in emerging markets.
This course will look at the ways investors evaluate which social enterprises to invest in and will also cover topics related to scaling social enterprises successfully. The course will use several case studies from social enterprises globally, and will also incorporate group exercises related to financial analysis and business development in the context of a growing enterprise.