British Council, Microsoft launch an e-learning programme for young entrepreneurs


The British Council together with Microsoft have launched an e-learning programme that aims to shape the future of young entrepreneurs to take ownership of their livelihoods.

The programme dubbed #BossupInAfrica was developed in 2021 for youth between the age of 18-25 to help them scale up their skills. The programme features three modules with a wide range of courses designed to help entrepreneurs with every aspect of their entrepreneurial ventures.

The British Council is providing technical expertise and access to Microsoft digital skills training via the Microsoft Community Training platform for 3 years. Microsoft Community Training is an online platform optimized for learning with videos and quizzes – even while offline or on low bandwidth and it has an android downloadable application available via the Play store. Each site can be Personalized and branded according to the organizational requirement and while accessing the course content, learners can connect and interact with peers and experts for social learning.

Young Kenyan entrepreneurs in the creative and arts industries such as fashion, music, film and photography have a chance to boost their knowledge and business skills to contribute to the growth of their creative economies.

The Creative Economy E-Learning programme delivers a collection of free courses for the next generation of African leaders to support them through their business journey. The programme is developed to support the British Council’s wider Creative Economy programme, designed to build capacity, through learning, networking and other support that young people need to start or grow their creative and social enterprises. It is also modelled to create stronger partnerships between the United Kingdom and countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The program comes in three modules that include: Creative Entrepreneurship, which features introductory courses for aspiring young entrepreneurs as well as intermediary ones for early-stage entrepreneurs which will teach them about growth strategies for creative enterprises and finance management.

The second module covers social Impact through Creative Entrepreneurship is the second module the programme offers. It will provide participants with an understanding of the impact of entrepreneurship, social innovation and factors to consider in pivoting enterprises to achieve social impact. The third and last module covers the Creative Economy Policy and relevant policy concepts.

This programme will give participants access to sustained support which includes mentoring, coaching, incubation and acceleration.

Sandra Chege, British Council Head of Arts, Kenya, says, “The creative economy has the potential to provide livelihoods for Kenyan entrepreneurs, whether you want to restore and protect your cultural heritage or create new cultural expressions. If you have ever wondered where to start your entrepreneurial journey, the creative economy e-learning programme is it! With a range of free courses outlining how to bring your idea to modules on promoting and pitching your business, you can gain the skills and knowledge that will help you make informed decisions that can shape your future.”