Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (Print ISSN: 1098-8394; Online ISSN: 1528-2651)

Abstract

Entrepreneurship Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Results of a Case Study in Senegal

Author(s): Francisco J Garcia-Rodriguez, Esperanza Gil-Soto, Ines Ruiz-Rosa, Papa Mamour Sene

The number of entrepreneurship education programs has grown worldwide in the last two decades. This has helped consolidate a fruitful line of research focusing on measuring the impact that these programs have on participating students’ entrepreneurship potential. However, to date, these programs have almost exclusively centered on more developed countries. The present work, on the contrary, analyses the impact of an entrepreneurship promotion program carried out for a period of three years in the socioeconomic and cultural context of a less developed country: Senegal. Specifically, the program was aimed at students on different degree programs at the University of Gaston Berger. Theoretical approaches of effectuation and bricolage were applied and students’ enterprise potential was tested ex ante and ex post. The results show that students had a significant improvement in their entrepreneurial potential, thus reflecting the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education in these contexts.