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Ashesi University in Ghana

(July 20 – August 1, 2014)

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.

Workshop Courses

Workshop 1 – “Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing” (July 21-22)

Instructor: Ross Baird, Executive Director, Village Capital

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.


Workshop 2 – “Leadership as a Foundation for Impactful Social Entrepreneurship” (July 23-24)

Instructor: Esi Ansah, CEO, Axis Human Capital (and Ashesi Assistant Professor)

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.


Workshop 3 – “Designing an Innovative Business Model” (July 25, 28)

Instructor: Anthony Ebow Spio, Ashesi Senior Lecturer and Department Head

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.


Workshop 4 – “Managing Social Enterprise Operations in Emerging Markets” (July 29-30)

Instructor: Amma Lartey, Regional Manager – Africa, Reach for Change

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.


Workshop 5 – “Scaling-up Social Enterprises” (July 31-August 1)

Instructor: Simon Desjardins, Director, Access to Energy Program, Shell Foundation

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.

Instructors and Participants

For bios of each of our instructors, please visit our About page. Further details for participants can be found here.