Semicolon Obtains $1.2m to Further Bridge Tech-skills Gap
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
In what appears to be something ‘huge’, educational technology (EdTech) startup, Semicolon Africa, has closed a seed funding round of $1.2 million to increase its capacity in bridging the yawning gap between business in Africa and tech-oriented skills.
The round saw the participation of investors in venture capital funds including Launch Africa Ventures and Consonance Investment Managers.
With the investment, Semicolon plans to improve on training company builders who will, in turn, enhance the African economy, manage more talents and expand its project delivery capacity.
This is considered a timely development even as the continent is currently in dire need to grow more tech talents in order to strengthen the ecosystem towards an enhanced digital economy.
Commenting on the funding, Semicolon’s founder, Mr Sam Immanuel, who has explored Silicon Valley in San Francisco, said, “We are problem solvers, technologists, and optimists of a better future for Africa.
“We bring this to life by identifying talented minds, guiding them through innovative training, deploying them effectively, and collaborating with others to build sustainable solutions for society.”
He noted that many of Africa’s challenges can be solved through technology, which reflects the need for everyone to learn how to tech-enabled their business, regardless of the industry.
The technology training institute was founded in 2019 with a sole focus on building and nurturing enthusiastic individuals to become software engineers and techpreneurs to not only solve critical problems but also create employment and economic opportunities.
In addition, the company also offers services ranging from corporate training to project delivery, project outsourcing, and others executed in its Semicolon Labs.
The Edtech startup also disclosed its plans to metamorphose into the largest technology capacity-development and innovation hub in Africa’s ecosystem.