The role of HEIs in an entrepreneurial renaissance in South Africa

Gideon Maas, Mike Herrington

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For decades, entrepreneurs have been identified as critical change agents in socio-economic development. It is probably safe to say that some countries have had more success than others in the promotion of entrepreneurship; and in that context it can be argued that South Africa’s successes are not yet clear. The promotion of entrepreneurship through the involvement of higher education institutions (HEIs) is by no means an easy task, but they have an important role to play. Although South African HEIs are focusing on various elements of entrepreneurship promotion, there is no clear evidence of an integrated effort from HEIs to develop entrepreneurial skills and activity. The authors argue that without such an integrated effort entrepreneurship development in South Africa is likely to be constrained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-232
Number of pages8
JournalIndustry and Higher Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011


  • entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurship education
  • entrepreneurial university
  • South Africa


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