Entrepreneurship Education


The Entrepreneurship Department was established in 1995 as the ninth department of the Kisumu National Polytechnic under the leadership of Mr. James Ongwae whose successors included Moses Hoanga, Ochieng Ojwang’, Agrippa Onguka, Abuka Ajuoga and presently Samuel Oballah who has been in office since 2012.

Its mandate was to service other departments, across the board, in terms of teaching entrepreneurship education to the students of the institution. In 2006, administration expanded the role of the department to include research and facilitation of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) development involving the wider community in the region.


To become the leading department in training, research and innovation in entrepreneurship


To enhance entrepreneurship culture and development through training, innovation and incubation


  1. To provide the knowledge, skills and attitude for self-employment – as an alternative career to salaried employment – through entrepreneurship education and training.
  2. To develop and implement sector-specific, tailor-made training programs that enhance performance of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) entrepreneurs
  3. To enhance performance of MSMEs through training, in collaboration with other partners and stake holders

Target Group

  • Polytechnic Trainees
  • Potential entrepreneurs – Youth, Women, and the physically challenged
  • MSMEs managers and
  • Company employees

The department collaborates with other partners and stakeholders (Commercial banks, Micro-finance institutions and Government agencies) for enhanced and efficient delivery of entrepreneurship modules to beneficiaries including business managers and employees besides polytechnic trainees.

Courses Offered

All our programs comply with the following conditions;

  • All programs may take one of the following approaches
  • 2 year regular programme
  • 2 year weekend and holiday programme or
  • 2 year part-time/ evening programme
  • Entry Requirements for all courses are relevant the KNEC craft certificate or C- or above in KCSE (except Certificate in Project Management and Higher Diploma in Entrepreneurship Development)
  • The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) administers all the exams

The courses include;

  1. Certificate in Project Management

Entry Requirements: D+ or above in KCSE 

  1. Diploma in Project Management
  2. Diploma in Entrepreneurship Development
  3. Diploma in Cooperative Management
  4. Higher Diploma in Entrepreneurship Development

Entry Requirements

  1. Diploma from recognized training institution
  2. Minimum of three years experience in teaching or working in industry


The department currently has seven lecturers, five of whom are TSC enlisted, with long standing experience in the academic profession. Staff credentials range from Higher National Diploma to Masters Degree.

  Name Qualifications Specialization Responsibilities
1 Obalah Samuel Onyango Bachelors – Kampala International University

Masters – Maseno University


Lecturing and basketball coaching HoD of Entrepreneurship department
2 Lillian Ooko Oningu Bachelors – B. Sc (Education – Science), CUEA

Masters – M. Sc (Entrepreneurship, ongoing), JKUAT

18 years as a lecturer teaching Quality Management Systems and Internal Audits Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department
3 Natasha Akinyi Olang’o Bachelors – B. Com (Finance)

Masters – M. Com (Strategic Financial Management)


Lecturer Lecturer and departmental ISO champion
4 Kennedy Alela Bachelors – B. Com (Marketing)


Lecturing Lecturing and Departmental Examination officer
5 Makadede Niga Samuel Bachelors – Diploma (Entrepreneurship)


Lecturer Lecturer
6 Wetaya Baraza HND Dip Tech Ed (B.Sc by Dec 2016) Principal Lecturer, ICT Champion
7 Charles Nyangara PhD, B.Ed. Senior Lecturer
8 Robert Achieng Ouma HND, Dip Tech Ed (B.Sc by Dec 2016) Lecturer
9 Tony Nyang’wara BSc (M.Sc in progress) Lecturer
10 Abuka Ajuoga M.Sc, PGDEd Lecturer

Business Incubator

Apart from the education and training at the institution, the department has also written several project proposals with the recently launched business incubator that specializes in garment making being an endeavor that became reality. Mr. Agrippa Onguka and his team spearheaded these efforts from conception to fruition.

Inaugurated on March 17, 2016 the Garment Making Incubator centre is located within the Polytechnic and got funding from COMESA and the European Union to a tune of about Ksh18 million.

It brings together SMEs dealing in garment making, the private sector that supports garment making businesses and the government at the County and National levels. They operate a triple helix model that creates a policy framework with joint vision and action.

The business incubator will provide a range of support services including:

  • Business office premises.
  • Short training programs in garment making
  • Business planning and development
  • Legal services
  • Financial sourcing
  • Business managerial support
  • Marketing support

The centre will outsource some of the services mentioned above from relevant institutions that will in essence become partners.

Members’ benefits include;

  • expanded networks for international markets
  • shared resources
  • acquired specialized skills in garment making
  • networking within the triple helix structure
  • innovation stimulation
  • increased competitiveness and
  • Improved product quality.

Some of the modern equipment available at the incubator includes machines for embroidery, digital designing, cutting and sawing, among many other automated operations that modern garment operators require to impact contemporary markets.

The steering committee is in the process of setting up the structures required to operationalise the facility. These include registering a Limited Liability Company and appointment of directors and a management team including signatories to a bank account. Even as the launch date approaches, already a team from Malawi visited the Polytechnic on July 4, 2016, for a benchmarking exercise on the Garment Making Business Incubator.

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