Anzisha Prize Gala 2018 – Start Now

Anzisha Prize Gala 2018 – Start Now

Last night Rise Academy was invited to attend the 2018 Anzisha Prize Awards Gala at African Leadership Academy. Always an inspiring event, we walked away with many new ideas and lessons to pass along to the Rise students.   The Anzisha prize selects 20 of the best young African entrepreneurs across the continent and gives them a platform to search for funding and development partners to take their businesses to the next level.   The keynote speaker this year was Sim Shagaya, a prestigious e-commence entrepreneur from Nigeria. He sees Africa’s youth as the solution to Africa’s problems. In particular,...

Rise Stage at On The Night

Rise Stage at On The Night

On the 15thof September St John’s College held their annual fireworks event, On The Night. Rise Academy provided a second stage at the event with DJs to keep the teens entertained. Thousands of people attended the event and the Rise stage was a hit! Our DJs were amazing (we expect nothing less) and they kept the dancefloor packed to add to this great event. It’s wonderful watching our DJ students grow and improve. Every time we put them on stage we watch them take what they’ve learnt to the next level. Congratulations to all our students who played at this...

Timo ODV meets Rise

Timo ODV meets Rise

Rise was lucky enough to have a private QnA with Timo ODV last Saturday. Some of our students went through to spend time with him backstage before one of his events.   Many of our students look up to Timo. Listening to how he set up and now runs his career gave them some insight into what they’re trying to achieve with their own careers.   Listening to how he works with labels, when he does and doesn’t take creative advice, how he gets through creative blocks, helps us to see how many different paths into the music industry there...

Oskido & Boiler Room

Oskido & Boiler Room

Rise was invited to an exclusive Boiler Room event, The True Music Forum.   We made our way with some of our students to a super trendy Jo’burg venue, Vicoria Yards.   The first speaker of the evening was none other than South African music legend, Oskido.   Normally when an artist is interviewed, it’s all about the music. Luckily for us, this particular interview was hard-hitting and explored the actual music industry with him.   Oskido navigated the industry in a completely novel way, breaking into it by himself rather than with the help of a label. His story...

The Rise Stage

The Rise Stage

We’ve had a dedicated Rise stage at some events this year. It’s been great practice for our DJ students and graduates. Nothing makes us prouder than watching them put what they’ve learnt into practice. Every time they perform, they learn so much more than they ever could in a classroom. Watching their improvement between events is just fantastic. Seeing how happy they make each crowd and how much enjoyment and life this stage brings to each event makes us never want to stop! We’d like to congratulate each Rise performer on their success on this stage. They’ve become so good...

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 3

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 3

We’ve had over a hundred Gr 9 students set up businesses since the start of the year. A term later, we’ve asked them what this workshop has taught them about entrepreneurship.   Being a small business owner teaches you that time really is of the essence. If you snooze you lose…   A fair number of the small businesses chose to institute an order system for their customers to purchase their products. They all learnt very quickly that if an order is placed (with payment due on delivery) and not delivered fairly promptly, customers lose interest and often change their...

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 2

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 2

We’ve had over a hundred Gr 9 students set up businesses since the start of the year. A term later, we’ve asked them what this workshop has taught them about entrepreneurship.   One answer was that they learnt to have a new perspective on failure.   It only took a few weeks for every small business to start facing some setbacks. Something unexpected happens and sometimes things just simply don’t go as planned.   Dealing with each setback, and problem solving the way to a new solution or business tactic, takes up most of the time spent on a new...

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 1

What we’ve learnt about Entrepreneurship – Part 1

We’ve had over a hundred Gr 9 students set up businesses since the start of the year. A term later, we’ve asked them what this workshop has taught them about entrepreneurship.   Being a small business owner and going through all the struggles of getting an idea off the ground has given them some amazing insights.   The most common answer was that they learnt that building your own business isn’t easy. Entrepreneurship has been so glamourized by the success of trendy silicon start-ups that there’s now a common misconception that becoming an entrepreneur is easy and requires barely any...

2018 Classes

2018 Classes

2018’s Saturday classes have started and all our courses are running at full capacity. We’ve loved welcoming all our new students across the country and we’re enjoying the excitement and energy they’re bringing to class every Saturday.   We look forward to an incredible year and to watching a new set of talent grow throughout the year!