Ivory Coast startup Yefa is centralising study opportunities

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Ivory Coast-based startup Yefa has built a substantial user base on its platform that centralises study opportunities such as scholarships and refresher courses.

Founded in 2017, Yefa aims to bring together all the opportunities available to young people in one place to optimise the research process, and also offers an alert service.

“Yefa’s mission is to solve problems of difficulty of access to information and the retention of information, and to democratise access to study opportunities,” chief executive officer (CEO) Henri Brou told Disrupt Africa.

“Our vision is to make Yefa the reference platform in terms of opportunity research and training in the field of education, and be part of the daily lives of people.”

So far, people have quite liked the idea. Yefa has had around 75,000 users in the last six months, and received funds from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP). It is now in the process of monetising via alert service subscriptions, sponsored offerings and advertisements.

Brou said the education sector across Africa was booming, and said Yefa had ambitious plans.

“We are in the Ivorian market, which has a high rate of growth,” he said. “We plan to get along in the sub-regions in the next three years, which will allow us to join the big African market.”

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