About EC-Africa

The EC-Africa Program at Columbia Business School is exclusively for entrepreneurs from mid-sized African companies seeking to expand and better compete in today’s global environment.

EC-Africa equips entrepreneurs with the skills, tools, and network to professionalize and grow their businesses. A key component of the program is that each firm participates with 2–3 leaders. This ensures a shared mindset and experience that enables decision makers to implement the methodologies and changes in their companies.

The rigorous curriculum features:

  • Classes on campus and online with Columbia’s world-class professors
  • International study tour
  • Results-oriented project – Process Improvement Project – guided by renowned faculty advisors and industry mentors

Learn more about the EC-Africa Program Curriculum

Learn more about the Latin America Program Participant and Company Profile

Immediate results, long-lasting benefits

  • Acquire tools and skills to grow your business beyond borders and lead change within your organization.
  • Collaborate with a faculty advisor to work on a process improvement project with measurable results.
  • Build a strong network of entrepreneurs, industry coaches, and business leaders from all over the world.
  • Gain international exposure to a region of unique business and entrepreneurial culture.
  • Experience the ideal environment to share challenges with other peer entrepreneurs and benefit from professors’ expertise and insight.
  • Take the opportunity to step back as a team and analyze your company from a distance.
  • Join the Columbia Business School alumni network of more than 42,000 executives in 120 countries.
  • Audit Columbia Business School classes at any time, a lifelong alumni privilege.

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EC-Africa comes after the success of the Latin America program ECLA that was launched in 2010 and has known 5 editions. We anticipate the EC-Africa Program having an impact on the companies, the region and the University:

  • Direct impact and quick return on investment: Annual growth rates after ECLA range from 30% to 80%
  • Powerful network of local firms and entrepreneurs: Cross-investment opportunities, many jobs created, regional network facilitating expansion
  • Showcase the African Excellence to the world across top MBA programs through business case studies