Entrepreneurship with Meaning

RocketSchool is an innovative and radical departure from the traditional orthodoxy of entrepreneurship training, education, and development. Many endeavors and initiatives that purport to support and develop entrepreneurs and small growing businesses begin by seeing small scale businesses as 'small-big businesses', using and applying theory, practices, and models that are better suited to large established firms. This approach largely ignores the creative and managerial uniqueness that typifies the entrepreneurial venture. Coupled with this is the contextual dissonance in applying approaches and theories in a developing African context that have been taken wholesale from the North. RocketSchool has been borne out of these challenges and opportunities - to originate, create and implement a school for entrepreneurs and small growing businesses that are contextually relevant, built around the core principles that engage the entrepreneur in a manner that creates meaning, builds broad value, and acknowledges and validates the knowledge, resources, and talents that exist in all of us and in our communities.

RocketSchool reimagines how entrepreneurship training and education are best initiated, curated, undertaken, and realized. The RocketSchool model is built on the foundation of microlearning and implemented through a blended approach - mobile and online.

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so you can spend the rest of your life life most people can't.


The Rocket Scientist

RocketSchool is the brain-child of Dr. Jonathan Marks, an accomplished entrepreneur, entrepreneurship educator, and business school academic. Jonathan holds an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town and is responsible for the entrepreneurship track on the MBA program at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Jonathan was founding director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business and was responsible for curriculum design and development at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. Jonathan has consulted to a wide range of organizations in the area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial training, education and development, including The World Bank Institute, Free University Amsterdam, AFDA Film School, Western Cape Provincial Government, and numerous start-up ventures. Jonathan has a great way of engaging and brings proven leadership skills and abilities as a former Special Forces officer, youth leader, and community leader.

You’ll like Jonathan, who is waiting to welcome you aboard.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. (Mark Twain)

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