Introduction. Background. UCT Short Course in entrepreneurial Development Initiative between UCT and the Ackerman Family Foundation Started in 2005 Objective: entrepreneurial skills development amongst young people who would normally “slip through the cracks” Soweto Campus opened 2009.
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Recruitment, access to entrepreneurial opportunities and initiatives e.g. Cape Town Activa, programme development and relationship buildingwith stakeholders.
Township tours, panel beaters, computer sanitizing services, soft furnishings, bin cleaning, driving school,
water sanitation, software development, marketing and
promotions, music and entertainment and
biltong & chocolate-makers.
*SEDA Stars Competition 2012 – Provincial Winner 7 National Runner Up
* 2012 Young Entrepreneurs Programme:
Abigail Florence + Vincent Manzini + Daniel Thebe (2010)
Includes a 6 weekinternshipin the USA
(3 of the 14 people chosen for the national YEP from the CT RAA)
* SAB Kickstart 2011 – regionaland national winner
(including the winner of the people’s choice award)
* City of Cape Town’s Entrepreneurship competition:
3rd place winners in the idea phase,4thin the 2010 competition
* Innovation workshops
Dean Stuurman (Jan 2010) was recently appointed as a Capitec Sales Consultant – he has this to say about the Academy: “Thank you each and everyone one for the support and preparation for the job, you will never understand what it means and meant to me and my family”
Jan Lewin(July 2009) is in her 2nd year of studies at UCT and made it onto the Dean’s merit listlast year – she also won two class medals
“ 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 WOWwhat an awesome experience it was indeed.. .go into this with an open mind and don’t be afraid to do your best.”
“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.”
Because Entrepreneurship is so important to create jobs in South Africa, I feel that this course is helping in some small way to train people in this direction.
We are not only training people to become Entrepreneurs, but also to get experience and training to get decent jobs in major companies. This really is one of our broad visions and that is to help people get jobs in South Africa.