Ethiopia’s Gebeya graduates first batch of developers


IT training startup Gebeya has graduated its first batch of 70 software developers after an inaugural six-month programme at its training academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Disrupt Africa reported last year on the launch of Gebeya, which aims to graduate 5,000 students in Ethiopia over the next five years. The startup also launched in Kenya in January.

Gebeya aims to build a self-sustainable ecosystem that trains, hires and incubates the best of African talent, with the three cornerstones of Gebeya training, marketplace and incubation.

The startup provides young African IT professionals with mentorship and guidance, and acts as a gateway connecting clients with high quality practical training to be used in accord with current technologies and platforms. After training, Gebeya places its graduate professionals onto its developer platform.

“Gebeya believes that every qualified individual deserves a chance at a better education and the institution works hard to make financial aid available to those that need it,” the startup said.

“In order to encourage more female enrollment, Gebeya offers them partial and full scholarships upon acceptance.”

Gebeya’s founders, Amadou Daffe and Hiruy Amanuel, who met in Silicon Valley, launched the venture with the aim of shaping a robust African IT industry on the continent.

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