‚ÄčRaymond Ackerman Academy

The Raymond Ackerman Aca demy (RAA) was established in 2005 by the Raymond Ackerman Foundation and University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business to service local communities in the Western Cape. 

From 2009, the programme was adapted and expanded to service communities in and around Soweto through the University of Johannesburg's Centre for Small Business Development under the auspices of the Raymond Ackerman Academy-Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program.

The RAA implements a business start-up programme for young people from previously disadvantaged communities offered at NQF Level 4, which runs over five months. The programme involves training in business management skills, 12 months of mentoring support, facilitation to ensure access to business opportunities and funding.

The curriculum includes a combination of classroom instruction, life skills and numeracy training, work-based experience and business projects, which all lead to the ultimate objective of preparing a business plan and establishing a business.

The expected outcomes of the programme are business start-ups, job creation, employment, and further studies.


  • Innovation, business idea development and testing
  • HR, marketing, strategy, cost accounting and operations
  • Business numeracy and English business literacy
  • Workshops on time management, presentation skills, career readiness and professionalism
  • Entrepreneurial showcases and guest speakers

In addition, students are offered personal development through one-on-one 'check-in' sessions and support.

Who qualifies?

  • Youth ages 18-35 years
  • Those interested in starting a business or already in business
  • 1 page motivation


  • R20 000 per person
  • R1 950 commitment fee if funded

Entrance criteria:

  • Youth between ages of 18 years and 35 years
  • Have a business idea
  • Are registered on the database (hyperlink)


Programme duration:

6 months

For more information on the programme contact us or visit the Raymond Ackerman Academy website http://www.ackermanacademy.co.za/