Applications Open For Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development

The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development is a tertiary level academy, situated at the UCT Graduate School of Business adjacent to the V&A Waterfront. It offers an inspiring and innovative six month, full time programme in entrepreneurial development that is directed at young aspiring entrepreneurs who face financial challenges but who are passionate about business and personal development.


The Academy strives to help young people rise above their social, financial and academic constraints to achieve a quality education in entrepreneurship.

The programme:

The Academy offers a six-month programme that is run twice a year: from January to June and from July to December.

The course comprises classroom activities, group learning and activities in Business/Entrepreneurship and Life Orientation, as well as self-directed learning, numeracy and literacy support and entrepreneurial showcases. In addition, students are offered development through one-on-one counselling and support.


  • Business Skills – covering the functional areas of business including marketing, accounting, human resources and business planning; with a focus on creativity and innovation.
  • Life Skills - a dedicated social and personal development programme teaching self-management and self-improvement. This process aims to empower students to manage and apply themselves in a relevant and effective way.
  • Numeracy and Literacy Support – provides a foundation for the communication and financial literacy demands of a business.
  • Discovery Sessions – include fieldtrips and workshops within a variety of areas such as culture, history, business resources and social responsibility.

Who can participate?

The course is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 30, from backgrounds where they have experienced financial, social or academic challenges.

Students should not turn 31 during the programme.

The programme is offered at first year university level and is open to students who have not had the opportunity to complete a tertiaty degree. Students older than 29 are generally accepted when they have had little work or study experience and who are in need of significant business and personal development.

Students must demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship and starting a business. Applications are open to anyone living in the Western Cape (students must be able to travel to the Academy daily, accommodation is not provided).


Cape Town

Office Telephone: 021 406 1422

Whatsapp: 066 108 8978


Raymond Ackerman Academy
Graduate School of Business
8 Portswood Road
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

To email the Academy, click here.


Office number: 115595724 / 0115595583
Address: University of Johannesburg

The applications are now open. Download an application form here.

Applications can be either dropped off, posted or emailed back to the Academy.

The website for the academy.

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