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. 

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