The Raymond Ackerman Academy is a post-matric level academy that offers an inspiring and innovative six month, full time programme in entrepreneurial development.
The course aims at empowering young people on their entrepreneurial journey while developing their business and life skills. It is practical, builds up on existing skills and allows students to express themselves and their creativity. Ultimately the Academy wishes to assist individuals with creating their entrepreneurial vision.
The Academy strives to help young people rise above their social, financial and academic constraints to achieve a quality education in entrepreneurship.
There are two campuses – Cape Town (situated at the Univeristy of Cape Town Graduate School of Business) and Soweto (situated at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus).
"It is the best course ever; it opened my mind to see the broader picture of life".
"Well rounded, touches on everything essential in business; develops individuals and provides a good support base".
"When I came to the RAA everything I knew about business was self-taught. Now I can confidently say that I have been taught to do business properly".
"All I can say for now is just WOW WOW what an awesome experience it was indeed. Go into this with an open mind and don’t be afraid to do your best".
"It was a fantastic experience! I would do it again in a heartbeat and would encourage any young person interested in business to do it as well".
"The course was insightful, enriching and very informative. I have grown during the course and I am proud to say I am a different person now".
The students visited Retreat Clinic on Friday as part of a Healthcare Business Idea challenge, arranged for RAA by Dr Lindi van Niekerk. The students met with doctors, nurses and patients at the hospital to get an understanding of their experiences at the public clinic. The students are now challenged to come up with business ideas to help solve some of these challenges. They will present their ideas and business models to Lindi and a panel of colleagues on Thursday.
Apply now for the July 2013 class. Deadline for applications is the 30th of May 2013.
See website for more details or call us in Cape Town on 021 406 1422 or Soweto on 0115595583.
Abigail Florence was awarded 3rd place at the National Shanduka Black Umbrellas Incubator Business Awards for her business Elves at Work.
Class of 2012 graduates from the Raymond Ackerman Academy at CSBD on Soweto Campus
Determined to curb the high unemployment number in South Africa, the youth at the UJ Faculty of Management's Centre for Small Business and Development (CSBD) will help bring about solutions to the problem.
About 51 students graduated from the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA) at UJ on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, where the Founder and Owner of Pick 'n Pay, Dr Raymond Ackerman, was present to congratulate them and offer words of wisdom.
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