Project information

Entrepreneurship skills for top African graduates

The combination of tech skills and entrepreneurial flair can be explosive. AIMS recruits top African graduates to its mathematical sciences program, and although many are interested in entrepreneurship they don't know where to start. A one week course is proposed that will provide a foundation.

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Charity information: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences - Next Einstein Initiative - Foundation, UK

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  • Need


    Many highly skilled African graduates choose to continue in the education system, often abroad, because that is the route which presents itself to them. Many have a strong interest in setting up their own businesses and helping their communities but don't know where to start.


    A one week intensive course is proposed that will equip AIMS students with the skills and confidence needed to take a project from an idea to a business plan which they can pitch to funders, or implement themselves.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Equip AIMS students with the skills to develop a project from first ideas into a business plan


    » A one week intensive course.

    What success will look like

    Success will be students continuing to develop ideas discussed during the course and looking to use them to establish businesses.

  • Impact


    Successful businesses being developed in the students' home towns will lead to greater employment and furthering of economic development. From this initial course it is hoped that one student will go on to establish a business within five years. The course will then be further developed for future classes which can inspire more students.




    Donors will receive the course's review report after the course has been completed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 One week course A one week course to develop entrepreneurship skills
  • Background


    The course will be held at AIMS South Africa, based in Muizenberg, Cape Town.


    Primary beneficiaries will be the students that take the course who will develop their skills and increase awareness about business opportunities. Secondary beneficiaries will include nationals of countries where entreprises are eventually established with increased employment opportunities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    AIMS recruits top mathematical sciences graduates from across Africa. All students are very aware of the situations at home and interested in ways of making an impact. Most will return home after completing a Masters degree. The course being offered by AIMS means that nationals of over 30 African countries can take part.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Arun Sharma

    Project Director, AIMS-NEI, Arun is very interested in entrepreneurship and hopes that this pilot course will lead to courses every year.

AIMS graduates

AIMS graduates