Higher Education Partnerships for Entrepreneurship in Colombia

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  • October 02, 2019
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The British Council in partnership with iNNpulsa (the entrepreneurship and innovation unit of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce), has launched a project that covers learning about entrepreneurship, innovation and incubation programmes through an exchange of good practices, between Colombian and UK universities.

University of West England, Bristol won first stage bid to provide an executive education session “Higher Education Partnerships for Entrepreneurship” to 12 HEIs in Bogota Colombia. These 12 partnering institutes represent all regions of Colombia and host nearly 300,000 students. A group of 25 people comprising of directors of entrepreneurship and enterprise centres, rectors from these HEIs and members from British Council and iNNpulsa attended a 2-day executive education programme on the 16th and 17th of October. This programme was co-delivered by UWE, Bristol and ChangeSchool, London.

The purpose of the executive education session was to understand the UK landscape of enterprise education and get into the hearts and minds of enterprise leaders to develop future institutional partnerships. All the 12 HEIs presented their version of a “winning proposition” of the entrepreneurial university of the year prize, unique to the mission of their institution, service to students, and commitment to the regional economy.







“It was a pleasure working with British Council and iNNpulsa. We were superbly impressed by the contemporary standards of entrepreneurship education within the universities, the highly systemic approach from ideation to venture acceleration, and finally the dedication and coordinated support provided by the Colombian government for scaling and funding.”

The universities demonstrated an inclusive approach that targets artisans from the creative industry as well as high growth innovation-driven enterprises. iNNpulsa, on the other hand, has a country-wide strategy that leverages and celebrates regional differences and competences and is building clusters based on these competencies.

We look forward to meeting the delegation on their visit to the UK on w/c 7th October as part of stage 2 of the programme.


About the programme:

The main objective of this exchange is to strengthen the programmes/incubation models of Colombian universities participating in Entrepreneurship Campus – “C Emprende” – which aims to increase the success rate of the start-ups emerging from this initiative.

This multi-stage programme of exchange with the UK universities will strengthen the Colombian programmes with models known for the quality of incubation in high impact entrepreneurships. It includes pre departure seminars in Colombia, visits to HEIs in the UK to learn about the entrepreneurial ecosystems and a final call to apply for grant seed capital funding for Colombian universities to invest in their projects and strengthen strategic alliances with UK universities.



Viren Lall is the Managing Director at ChangeSchool, a specialist in entrepreneurship and a an adjunct (visiting faculty) professor of management. He has delivered programmes in 15 countries and manages international partnerships across the 6 GCC countries, South Asia and Central Asia. His contributions on organisational change were published by Kogan Page. He has launched two start-up companies in the past. He has advanced degrees in computer science and engineering from King’s College London, IIT Delhi and has an MBA from London Business School.

- Viren Lall, London