...Accrediting for entrepreneurial excellence and leadership

(Africa’s first ISO 9001:2015 Certified and ISO/IEC 17011:2017 and ISO 17040:2005 Accredited Quality Assurance Body)

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Dear ladies and gentlemen, Many thanks for your interest in ACEEE accreditation! ACEEE was founded with the mission to increase the direct social, economic and environmental impacts that tertiary institutions make in their ecosystems. Our goal is to challenge the status quo in higher education and advocate for moving beyond the so-called third mission of tertiary institutions (an umbrella term for innovation, tertiary institution-business cooperation, civic engagement, outreach, technology transfer etc.), to academic entrepreneurship, so as to make tertiary institutions engines for societal and economic development. We believe that effective quality assurance in entrepreneurship and enterprise education are inevitable to achieve this. Many tertiary institutions, however, realise that merely adding an entrepreneurship centre, an industry liaison office or changing the vision statement is not enough. Rather, a much more transformative approach is needed; one that changes the culture, the mindsets, the values and the overall DNA of institutions. We are moving from education-oriented and research-intensive tertiary institutions towards impact tertiary institutions, with entrepreneurship and enterprise education being the key pillars of this transformation.Academic entrepreneurship, which refers to efforts undertaken by tertiary institutions to promote commercialisation on campus and in surrounding regions of the tertiary institution, has changed dramatically in recent years. Two key consequences of this change are that more stakeholders have become involved in academic entrepreneurship and that tertiary institutions have become more “strategic” in their approach to this activity. We assert that the time is ripe to rethink academic entrepreneurship. Specifically, theoretical and empirical research on academic entrepreneurship needs to take account of these changes, so as to improve the rigor and relevance of its future studies.The debate regarding tertiary institutions and academic entrepreneurship has relied too much on the research- third mission nexus with its narrow focus on tertiary institution-industry links. This has arisen because of the undue narrow emphasis of academic entrepreneurship on the transfer of scientists’ inventions from the laboratory to licenses and start-ups, particularly in relation to formal intellectual property (IP), such as patents and licenses. However, many new opportunities for academic entrepreneurship arise from the development of informal IP, and the creation of new forms of entrepreneurial ventures.Different stakeholders play varied roles in the missions of tertiary institutions (Clark, 1983). More stakeholders have become involved in academic entrepreneurship, including students, a younger generation of faculty and post-doctoral fellows who are more comfortable working with industry than the previous generation, federal agencies that support entrepreneurship programmes (e.g., NDE,SMEDAN in Nigeria, the U.S. government’s SBIR/STTR Programmes), and alumni. Besides, the roles of other stakeholders such as technology managers at tertiary institutions, economic development officials at the tertiary institution and in the region and state, surrogate entrepreneurs, managers of incubators/accelerators and science/research/technology parks, state legislatures, and other bodies that govern tertiary institutions also need to change.

In light of the evolution in academic entrepreneurship, individual tertiary institutions need to consider whether to pursue academic entrepreneurship and, if so, what aspects are most relevant to them. With such growing diversity, traditional methods of assessing tertiary institution performance in academic entrepreneurship also need to evolve. That is, heterogeneity in tertiary institution strategy may require broader notions of performance than those derived from data. The beauty of this change is that it redefines what an excellent tertiary institution actually is. We believe that with this change of focus, tertiary institutions will now have to find ways in which they can showcase their impact potential and realisation, and we will see many more regional and currently less well-known tertiary institutions making it to the global stage of higher entrepreneurship and enterprise education excellence.At ACEEE, we contribute to this movement by offering tertiary institutions an external evaluation of their entrepreneurship and (community) engagement practice, benefitting organisational development and providing international recognition of the institution’s achievements. Given that no comprehensive external evaluation approach for entrepreneurship and enterprise education in higher education existed, we undertook an extensive validation and piloting phase to ensure that our framework is robust, comprehensive and considers the diversity of institutional environments and the tertiary institutions’ approaches towards impact creation. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only shown tertiary institutions the importance of entrepreneurship and community engagement, but also enabled us to verify our evaluation approach’s suitability in extraordinary situations. Having built trust with many piloting tertiary institutions and involved experts, ACEEE is now starting its first global promotion campaign in August 2021 and opening its accreditation to all tertiary institutions around the world. In addition to an institutional-level accreditation, we are now also offering our accreditation to tertiary institution faculties, schools and departments, to ensure that single academic units can showcase and celebrate their achievements in entrepreneurship and enterprise education, even if the tertiary institution in which they are situated is not ready yet. Today, ACEEE is present in many of the world’s capitals and major cities, but also in less well-known regions. Likewise, ACEEE works with many well-known, but also less well-known tertiary institutions. But what unites all of them is their dedication to and excellence in entrepreneurship and enterprise education, and their ambition to make our tertiary institutions the impact creators that they can be. If you are interested in an external evaluation of your entrepreneurship and/or (community) engagement practices, get in contact with us. If you feel that this comes too early for your institution or academic unit, consider becoming an affiliated member to join our community of pioneering tertiary institutions and to start the journey with us. Our website provides a wealth of information on our ambitious vision, our activities and much more, and we would be happy to connect with you to discuss how our accreditation can provide value to your institution’s further development.

....Prof. Matthew Olugbemiga Ilori

Our Approach

At ACEEE, our approach, the standards we set and the quality we guarantee, inspires confidence in those who aim to build a better world — one that is safer, more efficient, more comfortable and more sustainable.

We accredit tertiary institution’s programmes in the disciplines of entrepreneurship and enterprise education at the certificate, ordinary diploma, higher diploma, associate, bachelor’s and master’s and doctorate degree levels.

With ACEEE accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a programme meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.



We began as Africa's foremost institute of entrepreneurship with superlative expertise in the production of successful entrepreneurs by building capacity in entrepreneurship, innovation management and small business management of all kinds, through offering of a powerful formula that not only equips people with a well-rounded and internationally-relevant entrepreneurship education based on an internationally-competitive curriculum, but also provides them with extensive practical experience, effective mentoring and industry-relevant skills required for turning ideas into viable businesses. Today, after more than 10 years, our standards continue to play this fundamental role and have become the basis of quality for entrepreneurship and enterprise education all over the Africa.

Developed by entrepreneurship and enterprise management academics and professionals from ACEEE’s member institutes, our criteria focus on institution’s ability to adopt academic entrepreneurship and help students transform their ideas into viable ventures. Sought worldwide, ACEEE’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programmes in the entrepreneurship and enterprise education, where excellence, entrepreneurial effectiveness and leadership are of the utmost importance. Our numerous experts come from industry, academia and government. They give their time and effort supporting quality assurance activities around the world by serving as Programme Evaluators, commissioners, board members and advisors.


Tested & Trusted

ACEEE is a nonprofit, non-governmental subsidiary of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) – established with Corporate Charter by Companies and Allied Matters Act, Cap. C20, LFN, 2004. ACEEE is a federation of member institutes under the umbrella association of The Global Confederation of Entrepreneurship Institutes (Home of Entrepreneurship and Innovation), convened by Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria. These institutes and their individual members collaborate through ACEEE to develop standards of quality, known as ACEEE Criteria, on which our review teams base their evaluations of programmes under consideration for accreditation.



The Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education (ACEEE) is the only African quality assurance body with a focus entrepreneurship and enterprise education in formal and non-formal education. As such, ACEEE strives to lead the way in a new era for higher education through evaluating, supporting and igniting the potential of tertiary institutions on their road to third mission excellence.

Headquartered in Nigeria, ACEEE offers accreditation for entrepreneurship and enterprise education on institutional (entire tertiary institution) and divisional level (faculty, college, school, and department). Tertiary institutions engaging in ACEEE accreditation are united by their excellence in entrepreneurship and enterprise education.




The affairs of INCENT are vested in a council which is headed by a President and Chairman in council.This is the policy-making body of INCENT.See full members here.



INCENT has strategically been located in every major cities and towns across the federation and beyond to enhance easy accesibility and consultations.



The council is however, empowered with men of high standing and integrity from several sectors of the economy for the furtherance of her objectives.



The membership of the Institute is open to all undergraduates, fresh graduates (NYSC), prospective and practicing entrepreneurs, business leaders, civil servants, assistant/deputy directors, and directors in the civil service and government parastatals, and everyone who desires success and has met the criteria for such membership as stipulated




INCENT has strategically been located in every major cities and towns with her zonal & state cordinators across the federation and beyond to enhance easy accesibility


We are a new generations of professional entrepreneurs, who are more customer centric, technology savvy, more highly qualified, flexible and agile with skill set that are now more comprehensive than.


With our global and local partnership and affiliations with educational institute and other organisations, INCENT offers world class training and certification in key professional courses.

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    The Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education (ACEEE) is the only African quality assurance body with a focus entrepreneurship and enterprise education in formal and non-formal education. As such, ACEEE strives to lead the way in a new era for higher education through evaluating, supporting and igniting the potential of tertiary institutions on their road to third mission excellence.

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