About Us

The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development is a tertiary level Academy that offers an inspiring and innovative programme in entrepreneurial development for young people between the ages of 18 and 30.

The course is offered to young people who are passionate about business and personal development who have not had the opportunity to access a tertiary education. It aims to empower young people on their entrepreneurial journey while developing their business and life skills.

Mr. Raymond Ackerman together with the UCT Graduate School of Business established The Raymond Ackerman Academy in January 2005 with the desire to offer youth with financial or socio-economic challenges a chance to develop themselves and to make a difference in not only their own future, but also in the future of their communities. 

The Academy offers a six-month, full time programme that is run twice a year: from January to June and from July to December. The programme is offered in Cape Town at the UCT Graduate School of Business and at the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg (opened in 2009).

30 students are chosen for the Cape Town course and 40 students for the  Soweto course.

 

WHY STUDY AT THE ACADEMY

Business idea development is an important component of the programme, students are taught techniques that allow them to develop or identify innovative business ideas that are not ‘copy cat’ ideas but rather ideas that appeal to the mass market and in many cases are solutions to common problems experienced in their communities. 

The Academy believes that teaching fundamental business skills is very important however this must be coupled with soft skills development. As such, the curriculum includes various personal development workshops that build confidence, professionalism and interpersonal skills.

The RAA classes are kept relatively small so that each student enjoys individual attention and is observed closely. This allows the Academy to monitor personal and academic progress and to intervene where necessary, assisting students to overcome any challenges that may be hampering their success whilst on the programme.

 

GRADUATE COMMENTS:

"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".