Develop a new generation of impact entrepreneurs in Africa.
Offer a portfolio of entrepreneurship programs in 20 African Countries by 2023, leading an ever-greater impact on the continent in terms of entrepreneurs trained, new enterprises launched and new jobs created in the formal economy.
- Train a new generation of entrepreneurs capable of combining economic success with social and environmental impact;
- Work with the faculty and staff of African universities to increase the capacity of creating and delivering unique, results-oriented entrepreneurship programs;
- Facilitate the international ties between European and African companies attentive to social and environmental impact.
E4Impact is an initiative launched in 2010 by ALTIS – Graduate School of Business and Society of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with the objective of training impact entrepreneurs in the developing world in order to support the start-up and growth of their businesses.
In 2015, E4Impact became a Foundation with the support of Securfin, Mapei, Salini-Impregilo, and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Always Africa Association. Later, eni, Lisa Spa, Intesa Sanpaolo, Ge.Fi and VueTel joined E4Impact as Corporate Participants and Diana Bracco and Michele Carpinelli as Individual Participants.
The work of the Foundation contributes to the accomplishment of many of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Goals:
E4Impact portfolio of activities entails:
- Entrepreneurship programs (Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship and International Certificate in Impact Entrepreneurship)
- Accelerators for new businesses
- Services for expansion of European SMEs
- Multinational Projects
The Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship and the International Certificate in Impact entrepreneurship are entrepreneurship programs offered in collaboration with Università Cattolica and a local university from the host country. These programs guide active and aspiring entrepreneurs to start or scale their businesses, providing them simultaneously with an academic and business acceleration experience.
The first MBA started in Kenya in 2010. Since then E4Impact has expanded to Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Ethiopia, Sudan, Gabon, Rwanda and Zimbabwe; while the Certificate is offered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Through its programs, E4Impact has trained over 900 entrepreneurs.
The Business Accelerators provides new businesses with training, links with local investors, connections with international businesses, seed funding, ICT and satellite communication services, and office space.
The Foundation also supports the expansion of European SMEs in Africa. By matching them with reliable local entrepreneurs, E4Impact offers small businesses a low cost, low risk opportunity to enter the African countries where the MBA is offered.
Finally, E4Impact takes part in multilateral projects, working with international partners in order to design and implement customized training and consulting programs for different actors.
The Foundation is open to involve new Corporate and Individual Participants interested in taking an active role in perceiving the mission of the institution in the African scenario.