Entrepreneurial thinking and the RECIRCULATE project

Entrepreneurial thinking and the RECIRCULATE project

Cue lights, ‘Entrepreneurial thinking and the RECIRCULATE project’ Take 1: 


Just before you watch the video, here is a little bit of background:

Lancaster University is leading a £6.8M ground-breaking project to work in partnership with African researchers to address the urgent need for safe and effective water use in Africa.

RECIRCULATE: Driving eco-innovation in Africa: capacity-building for a safe circular water economy, is empowering African research organisations to work in, with and for their communities by strengthening their skills and capacity to deliver innovative solutions to pressing problems with water use and safety. The project is focusing on joining up the different ways in which water supports communities, from sewage disposal to energy generation and water used in food production.

But, what is the role of entrepreneurial thinking in the water economy in Africa?

Well, the short answer is, "Everything!"

The ‘long’ one is:

Cue lights, ‘Entrepreneurial thinking and the RECIRCULATE project’ Take 2:



NIGEL, “I’m involved in the RECIRCULATE project because entrepreneurship is a critical element of bringing about change. We know entrepreneurs think very differently. They are very good at coming up with multiple solutions to problems and then getting the resources together to resolve those problems. RECIRCULATE is a significant project at Lancaster University and it’s funded by the global challenge research fund. It brings together the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation and Lancaster University Management School working together on issues around the water economy in West Africa. A really important element of the recirculate project is building International teams that can collaborate to solve problems. So, people like Griselda [Togobo] at Forward Ladies and Samuel [Kanati] at CSIR [Council for Scientific and Industrial Research] form a really important of network people who bring about change.”

SAMUEL, “Creating a network for recirculated is most important. It’s a platform that brings all researchers together where they share ideas. With the creation of the networks it can lead to increasing organisational profile and also working together to get political action for projects.”

NIGEL “So, what we are trying to do is develop these networks and communities that understand the issues of West Africa and help work with scientists to develop solutions.”

Cut: It’s a wrap

Well, that was much harder than I thought!


Nigel Lockett

Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School