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Funded Projects

Here are just some of the funded projects currently being undertaken by staff with the Entrepreneurship Research Cluster

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The AHEAD Project

The Project AHEAD: African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development is a joint initiative of 14 Universities from Europe, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. It is co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme - Capacity Building in Higher Education.

The project aims at building the capacity of universities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to lead and manage innovation and research that benefit societies and the national economies. In particular, it should create awareness and capacity for promoting inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship at the local level and community empowerment.

Project activities will support universities in intensifying knowledge flows between the academia and external organizations - industry, the public sector and the community. The idea of the project is to combine a traditional focus on developing entrepreneurship & innovation skills through teaching, with a more innovative focus on opening University research to more intense cooperation with external stakeholders. The project teams will establish and kick-start the operations of an Innovation Lab at each of the participating Universities from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, which will provide physical working space for collaboration and co-creation with stakeholders in the joint pursuit of innovation and research.

The successful implementation of this project will help make higher education more relevant to the challenges faced by societies and national economies, and will enhance the capacity of Universities to take leadership of open innovation and knowledge exchange in support of inclusive economic growth and community wellbeing.

Birmingham City University's activity is led by Dr Charlotte Carey and she is joined by Dr Thomas Domboka.

A core objective of this project is: Improvement of the good-practice and evidence base for delivering (social) entrepreneurship education, BCU are leading on this area of Entrepreneurship Education. BCU are leading on the entrepreneurship education aspect of the project. More information on this coming soon.

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The BEST Project

The Project “Business Education for Sustainability: Teaching Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Local and Regional Development”(BEST) was supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Strategic Partnerships addressing more than one field, with a  focus on Higher Education.

Project objectives:
  • To contribute to research and best practices exchange in the field of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and corporate responsibility, with special focus on the situation in the participating countries
  • To develop innovative curricula and teaching materials that fully integrate the subjects of social entrepreneurship and CSR into business/economics education and pay attention to pressing challenges facing modern society

Dr Charlotte Carey was the principle investigator from BCU and other project partners included:

  • International Management Institute – Bulgaria
  • Varna University of Management – Bulgaria
  • Birmingham City University – UK
  • University College Birmingham – UK
  • Utena University of Applied Sciences – Lithuania
  • International School of Law and Business – Lithuania
  • University of Thessaly – Greece
  • Irmir University of Economics – Turkey
  • INDICO – Instituto Internacional de la Innovación, el Conocimiento y Las Competencias – Spain
  • SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação – Portugal
  • Polytechnic Institute of Bragança – Portugal

Here we contributed to research and developed teaching materials centred around teaching social enterprise and are freely available.

Entrepreneurial Intent

This is a collaboration with Coventry University and in its infancy. Here we have joined forces with academics from Coventry University to explore our student body’s entrepreneurial intent. More information to follow on this project. BCU’s contribution led by Dr Charlotte Carey and joined by Dr Susan Sisay. More info coming soon.