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Beginning on 30 September 2014, Seed Academy, a school of entrepreneurs, will offer tech entrepreneurs R2-million worth of training for free.
“We hope to attract those in the technology space but we are open to any compelling businesses and business ideas,” says Lara Rosmarin, the CEO of Seed Academy.
The training will take place after hours once a week over a period of 10 weeks. Each course is valued at R16 000. Emerging entrepreneurs are equipped to either start their own businesses or to take their business to the next level. And after the training the entrepreneurs will be offered support for up to 18 months after the programme. The experiential learning is enhanced after the course with an alumni programme offering master class events and networking opportunities.
The training covers personal and leadership development, sound business skills, creation of a business plan as well as pitching skills to attract funding. In addition to this, entrepreneurs are offered rich experiential learning and are well equipped to either launch or improve their own businesses.
The programme is not all theory and thus also focuses on providing practical training.
“We aim to educate and empower entrepreneurs with hands-on useful training, with the key focus on launching or dramatically improving their ventures. We nurture and develop skill sets, minds sets, attitudes and behaviour of potential high growth entrepreneurs,” says Rosmarin.
Seed Academy is formed from sponsors who use enterprise development funding to support the creation of additional South African entrepreneurs.
With more than 36% of South Africa’s youth without work or income, an initiative like the Seed Company and this current opportunity plays an important part in helping address unemployment.
Entrepreneurs can apply for the programme via the Seed Company website.