The Annual Africa Conference on Social Entrepreneurship (AACOSE) is an initiative set in place to foster the interaction between the key actors who contribute to creating favourable conditions for the growth of sustainable social enterprises in Africa, including leading social entrepreneurs, academicians, policymakers, international development players, multi-nationals, impact investors and other funders, business executives and other leaders drawn from across Africa and beyond. Through this, AACOSE has managed to catalyse conversations on the need for policy and/or legal frameworks to govern these social enterprises.
The conference is organised by Tangaza University College, an academic institution that provides competence base training to Social Entrepreneurs, training them and enabling them to impact and transform the life of people; in collaboration with Ashoka, an organisation which supports Social Entrepreneurs who are change makers globally.
The world is currently experiencing a global crisis that calls for innovative solutions that create a lasting impact on communities. We can best achieve this through social enterprises, as has been the case in the past, where such enterprises flourished in responding to global crises. The challenge is that a majority fail to build sustainable models that make them commercially viable, in the long run. It is therefore imperative to capitalise on the immense innovative energy of Africans and channel that towards social enterprise development.
Spur interest in entrepreneurs tapping into opportunities in cyber security, supply chain management, resource management, health and security systems, employment creation and digital technology.
Encourage entrepreneurs to come up with concrete initiatives that will bridge the knowledge and skills gaps in youth, and contribute to the growth of social enterprises in Africa.
Create a network of social entrepreneurship researchers to advance evidence-based research on social entrepreneurship in Africa.
Respond to the need for capacity building for the social entrepreneurs by creating a network ecosystem player in training who can support continuous capacity building for social entrepreneurs.
The conference seeks to uncover answers to critical questions that the governments, social entrepreneurs, development and private-sector stakeholders are grappling with, and have been hard hit because of COVID-19, including