ABOUT VAN DUYSE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The Van Duyse Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute’s Business Program is based on an innovative educational model developed in the United States called “Leadership Education”. This program is specifically adapted to cultivate great leaders through development of critical thought with a program that is dedicated to leadership skills rather than by simply completing an education through the traditional educational process. The van Duyse Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute’s was spearheaded by Gregory van Duyse.
Our objective is three-fold, and encompasses our mission, goal and vision for the future.
The mission of the institute is ambitious. It starts with a clear outcome: “Ending suffering in Africa that is caused by poverty.” The solution will come from a grass-roots movement of African leaders that collaborate together on Africa’s economic problems. We believe this is only possible by developing a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs that are well trained and work together. Therefore, our mission is to build a new generation of powerful leaders and entrepreneurs that will end suffering and poverty in Africa.
As stated above, Africa needs to transform the entrepreneurial skills, mind-set, work-ethic and culture of a generation. This will not be easy. Furthermore, student as they become leaders must make a significant impact on their communities, and collectively on their countries. If we do this successfully, and are able to extend the concept through most African countries we believe we can help to transform Africa.
The goal of Leadership University is Financial Autonomy. Our ultimate objective is for our graduates to have built a business that is generating a net profit of 250.000 to 500.000 F CFA (500 USD to 700 USD) per month, while allowing them to work a maximum of four to five hours per week, within three years of graduation. This is how we define financial autonomy.
We want to create an academic leadership model that is capable of being replicated in other countries and which will provide the kind of education that will enable our graduates to be freed up to work on the larger problems in their own countries, while still being able to support themselves and their families.
Within ten years, we would like to see Leadership Centers in 15 countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa which are graduating up to 500 entrepreneurs every year. We see ninety percent of those graduates becoming financially independent and having the opportunity to make a difference in their community within three years. The Centers we envision should be self-sustaining…not by donations, but through businesses and tuition. After the third year each campus should be financially self-reliant. Entrepreneurs are the source for new businesses as well as the vast majority of new jobs.