The Academy designs programmes for entrepreneurs that are relevant to different stages of their business life-cycle:
Groundwork Programme (for start-up businesses) and Growth Advancement Programme (for scale-up businesses). Each programme is customised to address challenges entrepreneurs face at these specific stages. In doing so, the entrepreneur is able to mitigate factors that could affect the growth or sustainability of their business. Delegates on the programmes are exposed to seminars, workshops, field visits and team challenges. The support structure provides mentorship and coaching, business advisory support, peer learning opportunities and access to networking events.
Since the Academy offers truly customised programming, no two programmes are the same. Programme offering is nuanced based on the sponsor's objectives, the nature of sophistication of the entrepreneurs and the sector they represent. Therefore various programme lengths are offered from one-week boot camps (usually for start-up entrepreneurs) through to medium (3 – 4 month programmes) and year-long programmes that include an academic foundation and support services.
Mentorship and coaching for entrepreneurs
Support and advisory services help delegates apply concepts from the academic part of the programme to improve their business management skills and grow their business.
Mentorship and coaching sessions include face-to-face, telephonic and group discussion sessions that aim to support, develop and challenge delegates.
Structured programme for Social Entrepreneurs:
The Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP) is the only year-long programme on Social Enterprise in South Africa. Selection for the programme is highly competitive and applications opened on November 2018 and applications for this year closed on the 18th of April.
Short programmes and workshops:
The EDA offers highly specialist programmes throughout the year, in response to entrepreneurs needs.
- Measuring Impact and returns
- Finding Funding: a five-day programme introducing the different investment options available to social enterprises.
- Livelihoods and markets: Co-delivered with the COADY institute, and offered annually.
Strengthening the eco-system
The EDA is a leader in strengthening the eco-system for entrepreneurship through events, discussions and debates. Our speaker list includes Muhammed Yunus, John Elkington, the Minister of Small Business Development, Hon Lindiwe Zulu, among others.
Our annual Festival of Ideas is open to anyone with a great concept that has a social and environmental impact. Delivered together with SAB Foundation, Barloworld and the British Council, the November event gives over R200,000 to highly talented, aspirant entrepreneurs, wanting to get their idea going.
Faiza Mallick - Marketing Manager
Entrepreneurship Development Academy
Tel: (011) 771 4000 / (011) 771 4347