Entrepreneurship Academy Programme


Now is the time to create your future, to take it and mould it the way you want it to be, to see those dreams become a reality and know that you have done your best.

This is the most prestigious offering in our portfolio as it blends some of the most powerful programmes into one cohesive whole. The superbly crafted experience will enrich, educate and motivate young learners in Grade 10 and 11, handing them the keys to their lives. They will learn how to start their own businesses, make proper career choices and direct their lives with wisdom and self-confidence. In 7 - 8 months we will transform passionate students into the entrepreneurs who will shape South Africa’s future.

Acceptance onto this programme is subject to a selection process and in addition to a JA South Africa certificate, graduates also receive an NQF level 4 Services Seta certificate.

Life only happens once and in Grade 10 and 11 learners are on the cusp of deciding where they will be taking theirs.

To qualify for the Entrepreneurship Academy Programme learners need to be:

  • In either Grade 10 or 11;
  • Aged 16 - 18;
  • Prepared to commit to three to four hours a week for 7 - 8 months;
  • Driven, dedicated, interested in business, creative, enthusiastic and a team player; and
  • Prepared to write a letter of motivation and submit it alongside your previous year’s academic results for entry consideration.

The Entrepreneurship Academy Programme gives them the tools they need to build their futures by teaching them how to:

  • Understand themselves through a personal discovery session that shows them what their likes and dislikes are, and what they are capable of achieving;
  • Analyse and understand different communication patterns;
  • Start their own mini company, including selecting the company name, electing managers and buying and selling shares;
  • Identify their product or service. Here they will examine what their community needs, identify solutions to meet these needs,
  • Conduct market research, source suppliers and either develop or produce a product or service;
  • Handle sales and marketing so they can correctly sell and market their unique proposition; and
  • Work with finances. They will manage their company’s finances, audit the company, and share in the profits and losses.

For me being an accountant was a good thing. The job I had was very interesting but I won’t say it was easy because there were some challenges as I went along. I also learnt how to calculate the variable cost, the cost of production and more. This has been a great experience for me and everyone in my company because now we know how to start and manage our own businesses. One thing I loved is how it has taught me to work hard and that and these things don’t come easy in life.

Lucia Mabuza
Accountant, Portia Shabangu, Secondary School, Mpumalanga

Investec-funded Academy Programme at JM Ntsime Secondary School