The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (RAA-ED) and the University of Johannesburg JBS in collaboration with Belnasa Youth Forum (supported by The World Bank) invites applications for a 6-month early-stage entrepreneurship programme.


  • Must be 18 - 35 years of Age.
  • Must reside in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa.
  • Must have either an active startup or viable business idea.

Virtual Readiness Workshop Dates: 

  • 24 November 2023, 5 pm SAST
  • 28 November 2023, 5 pm SAST

Click here to register for the workshop.

Click here to apply for the programme. 

Full description

The RAA-ED is a National Programme delivered online with practical workshops to apply knowledge in early-stage business. After the 6-month programme, there is a one year optional
business mentoring programme.

The purpose of the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (RAA-ED) is to empower students to become economically active entrepreneurs in their respective spheres of influence. In addition, various life skill training is included as part of the programme to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their entrepreneurial development or career advancement.

Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Mining and quarrying
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
​Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
​Transportation and storage
Accommodation and food service activities
​Information and communication
Financial and insurance activities
​Real estate activities
Administrative and support service activities
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Human health and social work activities
​Arts, entertainment and recreation