...Innovation, Professionalism and Prosperity

...Africa's global entrepreneurship Institute .



The Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs (INCENT) is the foremost professional association for entrepreneurship and MSMEs scholars in Africa, is the Africa's most prestigious and forward-thinking professional entrepreneurship body primarily focusing on production of professional, classic and successful entrepreneurs by building capacity in Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, and related disciplines through offering of a powerful formula that does not only equip our members with a well-rounded and internationally- relevant entrepreneurship education based on internationally-competitive curriculum, but one which provides them with extensive practical experience and industry relevant skills. We call this the “INCENT Professional Model” that grooms you to become a Future Ready Professional (FRP), a revolutionary approach that gives them a clear competitive edge over non- members.

We believe that entrepreneurship is vital for economies to grow and prosper, which is why we work assiduously to build the profession by breeding professional, classic and successful entrepreneurs for sustainable development.

We have more than 3,000 fully qualified members in Africa. They are among the continent’s best-qualified and successful entrepreneurs working in every sector you can imagine.

Who is a Classic Entrepreneur?

Professionally, classic entrepreneurship is a brand of entrepreneurship in which entrepreneurs are driven by desire for independence, freedom, own boss, challenge, creativity, success, control, responsibility, decisions, more money, less tax and opportunity alertness.

A Classic Entrepreneur is one who identifies business opportunities and allocates available resources to tap markets. Classic entrepreneurs realize a market opportunity and take necessary risk to set up a business and earn profits.

They usually think one step ahead of all others and thus are able to create a competitive differentiation among themselves and competitors by their forward thinking. In a broad sense, the term classic is applied to anything accepted either as a model of excellence or as a work of enduring cultural relevance and value.



    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

    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.
  • Our Vision

    To be the Africa’s master brand in provision of entrepreneurship education for sustainable development.

    Our Mission

    To be a trailblazing provider of quality entrepreneurship education by raising its standard as the key to a more productive and sustainable development of Africans through globally acceptable best practices

    Our Core Values

    • Resourcefulness
    • Vibrancy
    • Effectiveness
    • Competence
    • Responsibility
    • Honesty
    • Reliability
    • Patriotism
    • Perseverance

    Our Objectives

    The objective of the Institute is to produce professional, innovative and creative individuals (entrepreneurs) not only capable of establishing profitable ventures but also finding practical and pragmatic solutions to management, operational or strategic problems given the contemporary society characterized with high level of unemployment and scarcity. The major objectives are:

    To contribute our quota to national development by encouraging professionalism and productivity through promotion of entrepreneurship

    To promote and deepen the profession of Entrepreneurship through aggressive Training and Research.

    To provide a rallying point as an umbrella body for professional Entrepreneurs. .

    To engage in intensive training of top level entrepreneurs, retirees and would - be-retirees in the field of Entrepreneurial management

    To recognise entrepreneurs in various capacities as entrepreneurship merit awardees in all entrepreneurial fields and to confer Fellowship, Corporate membership, Full membership and Associate membership of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs, Nigeria on practising and qualified entrepreneurs and establish a roll of honour for distinguished entrepreneurs.

    To maintain close relationship with other professional bodies working in the allied fields as well as joining hands with notable tertiary Institutions ,home and abroad, for the promotion of Entrepreneurship education.

    To identify, protect and advance the common interest of members of the Institute. .

    To conduct examinations and also award certificate to qualified members as a mark of professionalism in Entrepreneurship and allied fields.

    To formulate code of conduct and take disciplinary measures against erring members

    To disseminate information about Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Education and Small Business Management in an official Journal to be published by the Institute/College (Journal of Entrepreneurship Education and Management Science)..

    To make meaningful contributions to government policy on entrepreneurial matters.

    To disseminate information about Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Education and Small Business Management in an official Journal to be published by the Institute/College (Journal of Entrepreneurship Education and Management Science).

    The Uniqueness of INCENT

    Throughout our history, we’ve done things differently.

    We put our values into practice so we’re regularly the first in the profession to introduce new products and services, and showcase new research and policies.

    From being the first entrepreneurship body in Nigeria to conduct professional exams with internationally-competitive examination structure, develop curriculum for professional certificate to doctorate programmes in entrepreneurship with required study materials, establish a training arm (Africa’s first College of Entrepreneurship and Small Business) to the creation of female entrepreneurship arm (ASOFENT) among other affiliates like IATECH and SOFAAG, to the floating of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, we’re proud to be pioneers.


    Our Services

    Monthly workshops and special seminars for entrepreneurs interested in starting a new business or growing their existing business
    Customized consulting to help emerging leaders and seasoned professionals leverage strengths and overcome challenges related to financing, information technology, marketing, succession planning and governance
    Educational programs featuring internationally-known experts who share cutting-edge information about new trends, practices and innovative models that can be immediately applied in pursuit of business goals such as improving sales performance, launching new products or attracting and retaining good workers
    Mentoring and professionally-led peer forums that meet in an environment of confidentiality to explore business, family and personal aspects of operating a business
    Special initiatives to promote the revitalization of Nigeria’s economy by supporting pioneers
    Social events to promote networking among business leaders .

    We consider it a great privilege and an honor to support businesses at every stage of development.


    Our Logo

    The bird in the logo is MACAW – a large tropical parrot with a huge beak, a long tail and brilliant plumage, native to Central and South America. This bird possesses all the traits/qualities required for successful entrepreneurship. Macaw symbolizes

    • 1. Creative intelligence
    • 2. Masculine energy/ Ability to Crack a “Hard Nut”
    • 3. Resourceful
    • 4. Vibrancy/Colourfulness (Uniqueness)
    • 5. Inventiveness
    • 6. Communicative skills
    • 7. Wealth creation
    • 8. Wealth creation
    • 9.Inspiration
    • 10. Freedom/Self-reliance
    • 11. Having Sharp Vision (Visionary)
    • 12. Intuition/Spiritual Perception
    • 13. Diplomacy/Sociability/Team work
    • 14. Loyalty
    • 15. Strategy, Curiosity

    Ready to take the next step?

    Charles Tremendous Jones once said –“You will remain the same you are for the next five years except for two things: the books that you read and the people you meet”..

    Become a member

    We are recognised by law under the provisions of the CAMA 1, of 1990 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Approved by the Federal Ministry of Education.

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