Application Form

Application Deadline: 31st May 2019

Cape Town
Office number: 021 406 1422
WhatsApp number: 084 297 5203
Email: [email protected]

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Welcome to RAA Application Form!

You're taking an important and exciting step in shaping your life - well done! You are your most important asset, so we invite you to invest in yourself!


The course is open to youth between the ages of 18 and 30, who have been unable to access tertiary education due to financial or socio-economic challenges.
Applicants must demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship and business; they do not need to have their own business.

  • Age: 18 – 30

** Applicants should not turn 31 during the programme and applicants 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**

  • South African citizen or in possession of a valid South African residence permit
  •  Grade 12 Certificate. (This is looked at on a case-by-case basis if applicants have not completed high school). Applicants without a Grade 12 certificate must have work or volunteer experience
  • An interest in business (not necessary to have their own business)
  • No previous tertiary qualifications/degrees/national diplomas (or not more than one year completed towards a tertiary qualification)
  • Not registered to study part-time at another institution
  • Able to travel to the Academy daily. Accommodation is not provided

Each student is looked at holistically – this includes an assessment of their activities post matric, interest in personal development through education, passion, drive, ambitions, ability to work in a team and their entrepreneurial mind-set.


Applicants must complete the application form and submit this to the Academy. Short-listed candidates will be invited to a selection workshop and an interview, after which final selection is made. 30 students are chosen per course in Cape Town.

* Please note that final selection is at the discretion of the Academy selection committee *


Selection Process: Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection workshop and interviews. You must be able to attend in order to be eligible for selection on to the programme. No exceptions will be made.

The course will start in July 2019 and will finish in December 2019

General Course Information:

  • Lectures are conducted from Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 16h00 daily.
  • This is a full time programme, i.e. it is not a part-time or modular program.
  • The timetable is comprised of lectures, group work learning activities and self-directed learning. Participation in all aspects of the curriculum is compulsory.
  • All lectures and group work are held at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB).


Students are only required to pay a fee of R2 500.00 for the course.
The programme is generously subsidised by Mr Raymond Ackerman and is valued at approximately R 30 000 per student.

We recognise that some students may have difficulty in meeting this requirement and can apply for financial assistance. Financial assistance students will be required to participate in volunteer days which the Academy organises.

Please adhere to the following guidelines when completing this form:

  • Please complete ONLY ONE APPLICATION per student
  • Please complete the form in one sitting, i.e. you cannot log in and out of, or save the application.
  • Please make sure ALL documents are uploaded to the application form, i.e. certified copy of ID Document/Passport; certified copy of Matric certificate/last school report; ID photo and Reference letter.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please make sure ALL fields, uploads, motivations, etc. are included in your application in one go.