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Established in 2015, The Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy (HFEA) is designed to equip current and future entrepreneurs with a set of tools to develop their entrepreneurial capacity, share experiences, and meet new people with common interests and challenges.

HFEA is delivering workshops in Egypt, Morocco, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. 

Interested in hosting an HFEA workshop or learning more about our curriculum? Email Michaela Bearden,

Current Workshops

 The Entrepreneur's Journey (EJ) The Entrepreneur's Journey equips current and future entrepreneurs with the tools and know-how to move their idea or venture to the next stage. The program is designed to serve entrepreneurs in a particular region. You’ll receive advanced training from faculty, enriched by the views and advice of local entrepreneurs. This workshop takes a deep dive into its three domains: Human Story, Mindset and Set of Activities.

 Design Thinking (DT) Our Design Thinking Course, developed by our colleagues at the Henry Ford Learning Institute, focuses on empathy and co-creation. During this highly iterative workshop, facilitators will introduce and support practice using Design Thinking tools and methods that support community-engaged entrepreneurship. Participants will explore non-traditional methods to connect with a range of stakeholders and apply those new leanings to personal business endeavors. This workshop empowers participants to clarify their visions, and refine their products and services to strengthen their business propositions and deliver increased value to their communities.

 Social Impact (SI) Our Social Impact course focuses on community engagement and impact assessment. This workshop leads participants through a series of systems thinking scenarios for better implementation of collaboration and co-creation; determination of technological capabilities and process tools; data compilation and analytics; and alternative finance options.

Quick Facts




Award recipients



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  • I am now encouraged to overcome my fears and pursue my dreams. I know I am an entrepreneur. I am up for the challenge.
    2018 HFEA Design Thinking Participant
  • You may not think your entire life can change in a week, but it can. I am proof of it. I am not the same person I was before, and I am going to speak up now. Life is too short not to.
    2021 HFEA Entrepreneur's Journey Participant