Nigerian vocational training provider Semicolon Africa raised $ 1.2M in seed funds

Semicolon Africa, an EdTech startup that creates employment and financial opportunities by training software engineers and tech entrepreneurs, has raised बी 1.2 million in its seed fund rounds from venture capital companies such as Angel Investors and Launch Africa Ventures and Consonance Investment Managers.

The Lagos-based startup plans to use the new funding to increase training, talent management and project delivery capacity.

Founded in 2019 by Sam Emanuel, Semicolon focuses on preparing young people and companies in Africa for the digital economy and providing the technology skills needed for Africa’s growing technology industry.

Semicolon Africa is on a mission to develop a generation of software engineering talents that will solve problems and create financial opportunities by bridging the technology-skills gap, nurturing talent, driving innovation and creating a rich technology ecosystem. The startup offers a one-year in-depth training program that focuses on software engineering, problem solving, and business management skills. Once the training program is completed, students have the option of becoming a TechPreneur if they have an idea to get a job with a job partner or if they have an idea to change into a business.

According to Sam Emanuel, “Not everyone needs to be a software engineer but everyone needs to learn how to technology-enable their business in any industry because technology is a key enabler to solve many of the challenges in Africa.”

Semicolon Africa currently provides tech entrepreneurs with critical support, including start-up business support, product development, consulting and training needed to develop their startup ideas into thriving businesses. The company serves as a strategic partner for companies seeking digital transformation in their operations. Some of its services include corporate training, project delivery and project outsourcing, which are run by semicolon labs.

Since its inception, Semicolon has onboard nine groups and graduated four groups of software engineers. It operates a corporate innovation model that enables companies to participate early in startups or tackle teamwork or business challenges without significant advance costs. Startups partner with corporate organizations and achieve this through research, product development, and project implementation, focusing on developing innovative product solutions for corporate partners.

Unemployment is a major problem in Africa. With the new funding, Semicolon believes it will help reduce the number significantly.

Semicolon Africa hopes to become the largest technology capacity-development center in Africa’s ecosystem; With plans to enable and deploy thousands of skilled software engineers each year.

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Author: Shalini Pathak

Shalini Pathak is a staff writer at EdTechReview (ETR) – India’s leading Adtech media and community. She has four years of experience in the media covering various beats. Like all writers, she is first and foremost an avid reader with a passion for creating content out of the box and the ability to write on any topic. As part of the ETR team, she will cover the latest in the Adtech industry by focusing on the stories of Adtech startups and their funding.

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