Adejoke Adeleke

Research project: How to Maximize the Potentials of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Nigeria


A major justification for the research is the fact that most of the prevailing frameworks for the development of entrepreneurship ecosystem are based on researches that have been carried out outside Africa. One of the significantly relevant researches that focused on entrepreneurship ecosystems in Africa was Sherriff & Muffatto (2015) that looked at "The Present State of Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in selected Countries in Africa". The research was carried out in order to use the concept of entrepreneurship ecosystems to bridge the gap in the availability of frameworks that focus on the impact of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial management in the creation of clusters in Africa. However, the Analytical Hierarchy Process (APH) that was used to select the countries used in the case studies exempted Nigeria.

In order to achieve the aim of this research, the following objectives are very strategic; (i) To evaluate the effectiveness of the existing entrepreneurship development support frameworks in Nigeria, (ii)To carry out mapping and assessment of selected entrepreneurial clusters in order to identify the relationships between thriving start-ups and the available production resources within Nigeria, (iii)To contribute to the entrepreneurship development policies of Nigeria and increase the potential for high growth firms.

Nigeria is the giant of Africa considering the population and endowment which makes it a viable environment for entrepreneurial activities. Yet the country is still badly plagued with unemployment and poverty (Terwase et al, 2014). Therefore there is need to develop a strategy for matching resources within the creative clusters. While a lot of research has been carried out on entrepreneurial ecosystems in different economies, very few researchers have taken into consideration the peculiarity of the economic landscape of Nigeria as highlighted in the "resource-based view to model how location-specific factors among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in coastal environments in developing economies enable them to sustain clusters and contribute to economic growth" (Banwo et al, 2017).

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: How to Maximize the Potentials of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Nigeria
  • Research supervisor: Dr Pauline Parker
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Yannis Pierrakis


I started my career in Management as a client relationship manager as a fresh graduate of Microbiology in 2007. In 2011, I graduated with distinction in MBA from the University of Gloucestershire in 2011. I am also an alumi of London School of Commerce, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Tony Elumelu Foundation.

In the last 8 years, I have been working as a management consultant on SME and entrepreneurship development with focus on organizing and maximizing the African entrepreneurial ecosystems for development of high-growth firms and exportable product brands.  I manage a fashion producers co-operative with over 200 membership who are accessing management training and cheap production finance.

My industry experience cuts across sales management and workforce training, marketing and market development, customer service and operations management. I have also been a sought-after conference/public speaker, workshop trainer and a youth leadership development advocate for 10 years.

Areas of research interest

  • Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurship Development in Developing economies
  • International Business Development


  • MBA in International Business, University of Gloucestershire, UK
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Management, London School of Commerce, UK
  • HND in Microbiology, Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Nigeria
  • Affiliate, Chattered Institute of Management, UK
  • Grant Writing, Appalachian State University, USA
  • Peer Educator, UNICEF HIV/AIDS project, Nigeria

Funding or awards received

  • Young Entrepreneurs Award, London School of Commerce
  • Tony Elumelu Foundation Award
  • Youth Leader and Mentor, US Consulate