About the Academy

Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy teaches future business leaders to think and act like entrepreneurs. Established in 2015, the HFEA offers workshops in the United States, Romania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with plans to expand to South Africa.

The HFEA promotes a belief that entrepreneurship education is the most powerful economic force in the world. That belief sparks innovation, drives venture creation and reveals how to navigate the complexities that exist in business today. This entrepreneurship education can also contribute to a country's growth and development, possibly lowering the unemployment rate.

2020 Workshops

We are working with our partners to finalize dates and locations for the remainder of 2020 based on World Health Organization guidelines related to Covid19.

What to Expect

HFEA offers three different programs:

The Entrepreneurship Journey (EJ) The Entrepreneurship Journey equips current and future entrepreneurs with the tools and know-how to move their idea or venture to the next stage. The program is designed to serve entrepreneurs in a particular region. You’ll receive advanced training from faculty, enriched by the views and advice of local entrepreneurs. This workshop takes a deep dive into its three domains: Human Story, Mindset and Set of Activities. (3 day course, face-to face).

Design Thinking (DT) Our Design Thinking Course, developed by our colleagues at the Henry Ford Learning Institute, focuses on empathy and co-creation. During this highly iterative workshop, facilitators will introduce and support practice using Design Thinking tools and methods that support community-engaged entrepreneurship. Participants will explore non-traditional methods to connect with a range of stakeholders and apply those new leanings to personal business endeavors. This workshop empowers participants to clarify their visions, and refine their products and services to strengthen their business propositions and deliver increased value to their communities. (2 day course, face-to-face).

Social Impact (SI) Our Social Impact course focuses on community engagement and impact assessment.  This workshop leads participants through a series of systems thinking scenarios for better implementation of collaboration and co-creation; determination of technological capabilities and process tools; data compilation and analytics; and alternative finance options. (2 day course, face-to-face).

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