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The International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE) is a unique institution formed to support sustainable socio-economic transformation through systemic approaches to entrepreneurship in communities nationally and internationally.

This will be achieved through a focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Education, and Innovation. The research that we undertake informs our thinking and our actions.

At ICTE our research aims to support economic development and policy impact through project engagement and consultancy. Education is at the heart of economic transformation and entrepreneurial education supports socio-economic growth, enhances social capital and reduces inequality.

  • For more information on ICTEs vision and Transformational Entrepreneurship please see our position paper.
  • The last year has seen us make some great progress, please take a look at our ICTE Annual Report 2017 to see what we have been up to.

The following values support the implementation of the aim of ICTE; namely:

  • Global and local thinking: The focus will be on developing ideas that address global phenomena without neglecting local challenges.  In order to achieve on this value, a network of international experts will be organised to excel on research activities.
  • Sustainability: To ensure a healthy and equal society meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future are essential.
  • Relevance and impact: Activities will prove relevance and impact to specific communities.
  • Entrepreneurialism: To forge the next generation of great business thinkers and doers nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit is essential – building capacity and capability through research-led educational programmes and relevant research that can be embraced by others will be key.
  • Innovation: The focus will be on pushing barriers and breaking new ground (level 2 innovations), to drive forward fresh ways of doing business for the 21st century.

For more information on ICTEs vision and Transformational Entrepreneurship please see our position paper.

ICTE Annual Report 2017


ICTE provides a number of educational programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Transformational entrepreneurship through education, leadership and innovation.

PHD Research

ICTE is eager to pursue PhD research on various themes within the domain of transformational entrepreneurship.

Our Network

We are proud of our global network that allows us to develop our research and educational themes.


The African Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship.
An innovative entrepreneurial laboratory.

Meet the team

Blog & Videos


Improv in the Entrepreneurial Classroom

By Peter McLuskie

As an enterprise educator, I saw the opportunity to both enhance my teaching practice and to pass on important skills and insights to emergingentrepreneurs. 

The classes were very hands-on and covered a number of key areas of Improv practice including One Word Story, Yes and and Who, What, Where. For example, the one word story involves a group of people in a large circle creating a story one word at a time; each person adds a new word in a sequence until it comes to a conclusion.

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 News Article

ICTE Director appointed President of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Professor Maas took over as President at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s (ISBE) 40th Annual Conference in Belfast. ISBE's ( focus is to enable excellence in small business and entrepreneurship across research, policy, practice and learning communities and this 40th annual conference succeeded in highlighting new knowledge in these areas. Coupled with intensive debates around these topics ISBE will endeavour to work actively on these issues to improve its impact on small business and entrepreneurship in future.

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 Press Release

Partnership to boost transformational entreprenuership in Malaysia

Representatives of Coventry University visited Kuala Lumpur to conduct a 2-day workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE).

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 Featured Blog

Entrepreneurship Centres and Their Contributions to Higher Education Institutions
In this interview with UIIN Blog, Professor Gideon Maas, Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, shares insights and addresses the role of entrepreneurship centres within the UK and beyond.
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 Guest Blog

Social Transformations, by Research Assistant Rebecca Fisher
Society is currently facing pressing challenges such as climate change, struggling economies and immigration. Such global issues are exacerbated by high levels of unemployment, disease, poverty and conflict in certain countries. 
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 Guest Blog

2017 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Summer Academy

A group of students from varying parts of the globe joined Coventry University for an opportunity to explore overseas and find the entrepreneur in themselves. The course, at postgraduate certificate level, aimed to grant an autonomous learning approach, allowing exploration, research and learning within a team.

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 Guest Blog

A Case for Transformational Entrepreneurship: ZaaCoal Social Enterprise
Written by: Dr Stephen Dobson. Since he was child Amin Sulley, from Ghana, has always thought a little differently about life and perhaps noticed things in his everyday surroundings that others tended to overlook.
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 Guest Blog

Multiplicity: The Varied Roles of Universities Supporting Small Businesses
2016 has heralded a period of significant uncertainty for the UK economy, and this is likely to continue for several years.  It is precisely during such times, however, that innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship become even more important...
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 Guest Blog

Rethinking the way we promote entrepreneurship 2: Taking this discussion further
Prof Tobie de Coning, Stellenbosch University and Visiting Professor at Coventry University’s takes the discussion further regarding rethinking the way entrepreneurship is promoted.
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 Guest Blog

Rethinking the way we think about Entrepreneurship
Gideon Maas, the Director of our International Centre for International Entrepreneurship shares his views on business in the 21st century. Our global economy is changing. Some say, not without substance, that it’s actually in crisis... 
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 Guest Blog

Meet ICTE: The International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship
The International Centre Transformational Entrepreneurship is a unique centre formed to support sustainable socio-economic transformation through systemic approaches to entrepreneurship in communities.
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Our Videos


ICTE involved in Africa summit

International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE), in conjunction with the British Council Ghana, will be running a three day event “Enterprise Africa Summit Programme” over the period 22-24 March 2017 in Accra, Ghana.  One of the speakers at this event is H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana.

ICTE team members will facilitate the Education and Enterprise Development forum focusing on transformation in enterprise and entrepreneurship education.  This session will focus on topics such as collaboration between industry and education, supporting of enterprising graduates, and supporting women in the work place.  Members of the ICTE team participating in this summit are Prof Gideon Maas, Dr Peter McLuskie and Rebecca Fisher.  Prof Maas will also act as plenary speaker at this event.


Workshop in Ghana

20 March 2017 (click to download the programme)

The University of Cape Coast School of Business in Collaboration with the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE) and the Africa Institute of Transformational Entrepreneurship (AITE) is organising a one-day workshop on the role of entrepreneurship centres.  AITE consists out of three founding members namely Coventry University, University of Cape Coast (Ghana), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa) who work collectively together focusing on generating and receiving cutting edge knowledge to stimulate sustainable socioeconomic development in Africa through transformational entrepreneurial interventions. This workshop use as base the recently published book on entrepreneurship centres edited by Prof Maas and Prof Jones of ICTE.  The workshop will be held at the School of Business Guest House, University of Cape Coast, Ghana on 20th March 2017 at 11:00 am.


ISBE 2016

Many of our team attended the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference in Paris.