Mr Iyke Ikegwuonu

  • Specialist Tutor (Management)


Iyke Ikegwuonu joined the Adam Smith Business School in February 2019 as Specialist Tutor. He has a professional background in Economic Development, having worked for over 15 years across three Scottish Local Authorities in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Falkirk, starting from entry level to senior officer level.

In Edinburgh, Iyke had lead responsibility for Enterprise Development and innovation support activities, maintaining overall oversight of support to local enterprise networks and management of Edinburgh Council’s start-up business incubator projects.

He went on to become Development Coordinator for the West Edinburgh strategic development and infrastructure plan, working across West Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport, International Business Gateway and Leith Waterfront developments, working closely with local employers, developers and the investor community to drive forward development of key sites, for long term economic growth.

Iyke left local authority in 2017 to run his own business, Seedgap Innovations, a UK-based social innovation business that facilitates enterprise, research and innovation generation partnerships between UK-European and African institution partners.

Iyke’s academic background is in business administration and development economics. His bachelor’s degree was earned from Michigan in 2002, while he holds a master’s degree from Glasgow in 2006.

During his time in Edinburgh, Iyke was tutoring international business at the Edinburgh University Business School, while completing a part-time MRes in social research methods here at the University of Glasgow.

Currently, Iyke is reading for a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Management at the Glasgow School for Business and Society. His research is investigating the role of entrepreneurial networks in start-up finance, the case of early stage technology ventures in Scotland. It has developed from his work in Edinburgh and from research carried out during his master programme.

Iyke has research interest in small business management, entrepreneurship, enterprise development, economic development, international business and change management. His expertise is in logistic modelling, survival analysis, as well as innovative qualitative approaches, e.g. SNA and social network mapping.

Before he came to the UK in 2004, Iyke’s previous careers were in football, sales and marketing across Nigeria, Ghana, Norway and Germany.

Research interests

Areas of expertise:

  • Small business management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprise development
  • Economic development
  • International business
  • Change management


  • International business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Multinational enterprise
  • Small business management
  • Management