Evaluation of South African universities' collaborations as drivers of entrepreneurship

Pfano Mashau, Ziska Fields, Jabulani C. Nyawo

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An entrepreneurial university increases human capacity and efficiency and improves the global competitiveness of South Africa. The country has embraced the need to improve and exploit the outputs of innovation by supporting processes that will transform the country into a 'knowledge-economy', where knowledge is the basic form of capital and where economic growth is driven by innovation. This is a qualitative study and 21 interviews were conducted with employees of innovation centres and incubators to assess the role of universities in the development of entrepreneurship and agglomeration economies. Findings suggest that the country requires the collaboration of businesses, educational institutions and government to be innovative and creative for entrepreneurs, to create knowledge, assist in building a knowledge economy, create spin-off companies and contribute to economic development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-165
Number of pages27
JournalAfrican Renaissance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Development
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Human capacity
  • Spin-off companies
  • Universities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science and International Relations


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