Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development

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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.

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Elli Yiannakaris

Director: Raymond Ackerman Academy


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