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The course is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 30, who are under-resourced and experience 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.

  • Experiencing financial and/or socio-economic challenges
  • Matric (this is looked at on a case by case basis if applicants have not completed Matric)
  • Must have an interest in business (not necessary to have their own business)
  • No previous tertiary qualifications/degrees/national diplomas (or not more than 1 year completed towards a tertiary qualification)
  • Students cannot be registered to study part time at another institution
  • Students must be 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 spirit.

We also look for a display of our 4 competencies:

  • Logic and problem solving
  • Integrity and responsiveness
  • Tenacity and resourcefulness
  • Creativity and innovation


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



Applicants must complete the application form (see below) and submit this to the Academy by 26th May 2017. The application form includes 4 questions that must be completed in full, these relate to entrepreneurship and your motivation for wanting to attend the course.

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 *


Students are required to pay a fee of R2500.00 for the course.

The programme is generously subsidised by Mr Raymond Ackerman and is valued at approximately R 25 000 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.