Since autumn 2012, STEP is offered at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. The training in Kenya is part of a cooperation agreement between the German Commission for UNESCO and BASF Stiftung - together, they support the promotion of start-ups in Kenya and Uganda.
In addition to Kenyatta University, the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO is the most important partner and coordinates the project. In order to ensure a sustainable impact, experts of Leuphana University of Lüneburg train STEP-trainers prior to the training and evaluate the program according to highest scientific standards.
In the training rounds 2012, 2013, and 2014, more than 600 students completed the twelve-week entrepreneurship training. STEP does not only teach knowledge to start a business, but also aims at changing students’ attitude towards showing personal initiative. Students shall gain confidence in themselves and realize that they can become successful entrepreneurs. With a starting capital of 100 USD they develop a business idea in small groups and start their own business in the course of the training.
The training aims at preventing unemployment among young academics. Self-employment is not only an attractive alternative for the graduates themselves but also creates additional jobs. The three training rounds confirm the positive outcomes of STEP concerning the entrepreneurial mind-set and actions of students. For example, the results of the evaluation study of the first training round in 2012 show that STEP-trainees do not only have more entrepreneurial confidence, but also start 33% more businesses than classmates who have not participated in STEP. In addition, businesses of former STEP-students generate twice as much profit.
In 2013, Kenyatta University was the first university winning the STEP Best-practice Award at a regional STEP conference in Kampala, Uganda.
In autumn 2014, the third round of STEP was completed. In the upcoming months, the focus is on the sustainable integration of STEP in the curriculum of Kenyatta University. The overarching objective is that students will continuously have the possibility to participate in STEP as regular study module.