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Senior Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship, University of Pretoria

Dr Alex Bignotti heads the African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars, a scholarly community aiming to advance social entrepreneurship teaching and research in Africa and facilitate of training of scholars in the same field. Alex is currently a senior lecturer in social entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria. He has a keen interest in entrepreneurship as a catalyst for social change. His research currently focuses on social entrepreneurship, especially in an African context. Under the same research umbrella, his earlier work has also focussed on entrepreneurial intentions, entrepreneurial personality and entrepreneurship education, with a particular focus on the youth and disadvantaged individuals.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria


  • 2014 
    University of Pretoria, PhD in Entrepreneurship

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Strengthening the academic eco-system for social entrepreneurship as a catalyst to job creation and social and economic change
    Project Lead
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  • 2021
    Improving student entrepreneurship support at South African universities in order to mitigate youth unemployment
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Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • Africa Academy of Management
  • African Network of Social Entrepreneurship Scholars (ANSES)
  • EMES Network
  • Catalyst 2030
  • Impact Scholar Community