Ashesi (Ah-SHESS-ee) means “beginning”, and Ashesi is a catalyst for the new entrepreneurs and new leaders that Africa needs.
Since 2002, Ashesi’s pioneering educational model has given graduates the skills and the courage to create solutions for Africa.
Organizations as diverse as GE Africa and Accion International (Microfinance) rely on Ashesi grads to grow and thrive in Africa.
Ashesi graduates create solutions– such as this nationwide biometric voter ID system– that impact whole countries or regions in Africa.
Thanks to global partners and donors, 40% of students receive financial aid. Our diverse students come from across Africa.
Participate in Ashesi ‘s effective ethics curriculum. Visit our grads at their workplaces. Meet with faculty and leadership.
Africa urgently needs a more innovative approach to engineering– and generous donors are helping move us towards a 2015 launch.
In 12 years, Ashesi’s results have attracted growing interest and respect.
Patrick Awuah left his US software career to return to Africa and founded Ashesi. “Our graduates are succeeding beyond expectations.”
CNN features banker turned shoemaker and Ashesi alumnus Fred Deegbe, and his mission to change perceptions of African fashion through the start-up he co-founded, Heel the World. Watch Fred’s interview with CNN ‘African Start-Up’.
Construction on our new engineering building is well under way. Thank you to all who helped so far to bring a fall 2015 launch closer to reality! We have raised $4.4M of the $6.12M needed to fund construction and program startup costs; an additional $1.72M is needed for a fall 2015 program launch.
Monday, March 24, 2014 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has named Ashesi President Patrick Awuah as Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. Patrick Awuah is one of thirty-seven Social Entrepreneurs selected in recognition of their innovative approach to social entrepreneurship and potential for global impact.