As a renowned institution offering unique and exciting programmes, KCA University has built a reputation over the years as a comprehensive business university that delivers innovation to delight its customers. The University takes pride in producing world-class graduates with the opportunity to fulfill their potential and the ability to change the world.
The entrepreneurial focus of the university provides students with a firm life foundation for career development and advancement, flexibility that allows our graduates to utilize acquired skills in diverse settings. This has positioned the institution as a place of choice for budding entrepreneurs regionally.
The KCA University, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CE&L) was established in September 2009 and serves as a central resource for developing businesses. It is a dynamic entity that invites the participation of those who seek to develop their enterprises in new and innovative ways.
It was created to enhance the management abilities of business leaders and the profitability of their firms while building new business relationships through an expanded network. The CE&L aims at creating leaders through entrepreneurial thinking. CE&L is recognized as a centre for excellence at KCA University and works towards creating the right eco-system for ideas to mature into successful ventures and fulfilling its mandate.
The Centre has taken up several projects and initiatives to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship, personal financial planning and literacy, risk management, budgeting, bookkeeping and financial advisory services among other initiatives to work with individuals and organizations to cultivate thriftiness and prudency in the use of resources, and also assist in identifying opportunities, starting and managing micro, small and medium scale venture within salaried and non salaried employment environments- , venturing right after school or opting out of salaried employment to manage the venture on a full-time basis. This is to counter the thought that many people especially the young would not consider the option of starting their own businesses.
Our initiatives prudently assists potential staff and current staff in many organizations to have critical look at the personal resources in the employment environment and how to enhance the quality of life their before, during and after their employment work life, besides exploring the options available outside the salaried employment environment as well.
The need to intrapreneur from within and assist the organization grow is key, considering that one way of looking at personal resources, involves the opportunity that one has to climb the ladder within the organization hierarchy, with efficient utilization of organizational resources entrusted to someone to deliver the required results.
We consider entrepreneurship as being an ‘art’ which when developed among everyone does lead sustainable economic development. From our studies, many university graduates prefer salaried employment to entrepreneurship mainly due to the deep seated perception that employment offers high job security and peace of mind, this is not the case!
The CE&L offers certificate programs in entrepreneurship practice, social entrepreneurship and leadership. We also facilitate entrepreneurial activity within and without the university and act as a linkage between industry and the academia. We work at building a high quality eco-system on and off campus and to support resource-strapped start-up ventures, and stimulate thought processes of potential entrepreneurs in salaried jobs to start their entrepreneurial journey alongside their salaried jobs. We have a keen emphasis towards entrepreneurship skills, financial literacy skills and Life Skills in general towards this important segment of intrapreneurs. Our overall objective is to increase economic growth, productivity, innovation and job creation among Kenyans and more particularly the youth.