Women’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Africa (WELA)

A flagship programme developed by the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), the Women Entrepreneurship & Leadership for Africa Programme (WELA) is a practical, project based programme that examines the issues, challenges and opportunities women face in creating, managing and leading companies in Africa.  It aims to teach women how to become effective entrepreneurs and also provides them with the skills to coach other women entrepreneurs. We provide practical coaching and mentoring support to women entrepreneurs on the programme.

To talk to one of our advisers about joining the next programme in Nigeria or Ghana, please contact us.

Centre for African Business Education (CABE)

Urban Inclusion works across a range of sectors offering accredited business management and leadership skills delivered through the Centre for African Business Education (CABE) – Global, which is a network of private universities in Europe and includes Ashridge Business School, Essex University, Regents University, De Montfort University in the UK and Hanken School of Economics in Finland.


Depending on the sectors we also work alongside appropriate professional institutions including the likes of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Banker (UK), The London Institute of Banking and Finance, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) to name a few, to ensure that staff on programmes also commit to continuous professional development and to support them to develop a career path that can provide global opportunities. Our unique collaborative partnerships mean that our programmes will bring added benefit to private sector businesses that deliver a package of training and continuing professional development relevant to their targeted workforce at whatever level.


For more information and details about CABE ABM courses please contact us.


Through business development services and capacity building Shop Africa 53 enabled small scale producers and entrepreneurs in Ghana to showcase their products or services on the ShopAfrica53 online department store. Urban Inclusion offered capacity building packages to new merchants to help them get their products/services ready for the distribution and logistical management required for online trade.

FEAT/Cultural Business Investment Project

This project inspired and supported women and people from black minority ethnic communities in the UK to develop and grow their businesses through public sector contracting and exporting to West Africa. The project supported businesses to:

  • Identify potential business opportunities resulting from the 2012 Olympics and ties to home countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya through networking events, seminars and workshops.

  • Understand the business support available and how to connect with businesses in Africa providing them with access to UK markets

  • Access specialist business support specifically targeting women from black minority ethnic communities, including specialist one-to-one support, coaching and business mentoring.

Tower Hamlets Health Watch

Urban Inclusion Community provided project management support to Health Watch Tower Hamlets and Hackney Local Involvement Network. Work included training service users, undertaking mystery shopping exercises, conducting discovery interviews and collating data and feedback from health service users in the community.

African and Caribbean Business Experience  


Urban Inclusion has significant experience managing projects funded by the London Development Agency and European Regional Development Fund. In 2012 we set up an SPV, a partnership between Urban Inclusion, RegenFirst and the African and Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise called the African and Caribbean Business Experience, which delivered the African and Caribbean Business Expo during London’s 2012 Olympics that provided a platform to investment and business opportunities in Africa and the Caribbean.

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