In recognition of its efforts, Itot Africa recently secured €54,000 (approximately $59,000) in matching funds from the Catalytic Africa initiative, bolstering an investment from DRC Impact Angels. The startup's focus extends to three primary categories: individuals seeking knowledge to fill gaps or follow tech trends, those aiming to meet recruitment requirements or find employment, and professionals looking to enhance their skills.
This initiative stems from a dire need identified by co-founder Samy Mwamba—a profound lack of digital culture, skills, and opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a substantial portion of the population, particularly the youth, faces unemployment. The company, initially self-funded, has trained over 7,000 individuals, with a majority being women, and executed more than 300 projects. It has also created over 100 jobs in DRC's key cities.
Itot Africa's model monetizes services rendered and commissions on job placements. The startup is in the process of expanding into other African countries, including Rwanda, Kenya, and Senegal, with its "restaurant-for-the-brain" franchise model. Itot Africa's success in bridging the digital skills gap underscores its commitment to fostering digital culture and inclusivity while contributing to the socioeconomic development of the African continent.
- Itot Africa offers customized digital content, coding, programming, and e-learning services.
- Okademy is the startup's flagship online learning and career tracking platform.
- The company aims to bridge the digital skills gap in Africa.
- Itot Africa has received €54,000 in matching funds from the Catalytic Africa initiative.
- The startup has already trained over 7,000 individuals, with a focus on women.
- It is expanding into other African countries using its "restaurant-for-the-brain" franchise model.
- The company monetizes through billing for services and job placement commissions.
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