Recently, Gebeya Inc., the leading Pan-African SaaS-enabled tech talent marketplace and one of our portfolio companies, has partnered with Microsoft to launch a new skills and jobs matching platform called The collaboration seeks to play a significant role in closing the tech skills gap in Africa, fostering job creation, entrepreneurship, and empowering the continent’s youth with in-demand digital skills.

Over the next three years, Microsoft and Gebeya hope to upskill 300,000 developers in eight countries—Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Nigeria, Egypt, and Mozambique—through their partnership. Applications will open in January 2024 to candidates with backgrounds in tech development and computer science and who have a keen interest in building solutions in the cloud.

The partnership between Microsoft and Gebeya will be strengthened by this most recent endeavour. The two companies partnered together in 2020 to introduce Ethiopia’s first virtual SkillsLab. Over 1,200 African software engineers received apprenticeship-based training through the SkillsLab, an initiative designed to help university graduates enhance their digital and coding skills.

With a track record of success in upskilling and talent matching programmes over the last seven years in Africa, Gebeya is now looking to broaden its impact through the recent partnership with Microsoft.

“Our partnership with Microsoft represents a monumental step towards realising the full potential of Africa’s talent.Through comprehensive upskilling and certification, we are creating job opportunities and technopreneurs (tech entrepreneurs) to pave the way for Africa’s youth to shape the digital economy’s future,” said Amadou Daffe, CEO of Gebeya.

Microsoft has had a presence in Africa for almost 30 years and has played a key role in helping to build the continent’s digital capacity through various skilling and employability programmes, with more than 4 million young people across the continent upskilled over the last five years.

“Young tech talent has never been more important to Africa,” commented Gerald Maithya, General Manager, Microsoft Africa Transformation Office. “If we are to harness the continent’s full innovation potential, we must begin by nurturing the tech professionals who will create the digital solutions needed to positively impact Africa and beyond. As a company built by developers and for developers, our goal at Microsoft is to provide the technology and expertise needed to grow Africa’s next generation of young developers.”

By means of this new partnership, Microsoft and Gebeya are demonstrating their shared commitment to closing the tech skills gap between Africa and the rest of the world and establishing the continent as a centre for technological talent. Important aspects of this collaboration include:

Empowering African Tech Talent

Drawing on technical expertise and support from Microsoft to align with industry-standards, Gebeya is developing curriculums and skilling programmes to train 300,000 developers on building solutions on Microsoft Cloud over a three-year period, with an ambitious target of 150,000 developers being trained in the first year.

Developers who embark on this training journey will also be equipped with an advanced proficiency in GitHub Copilot, enabling them to craft applications and software with unprecedented speed and reduced errors.

Microsoft’s Africa Transformation Office (ATO) will provide vital support for platform deployment and curriculum development, offering Azure credits and marketing campaign assistance.

Matching Skills to Opportunities and Fostering Talent Growth

The collaboration extends beyond skills development: will certify 100,000 developers on the given curriculum, with a merit-based recognition system in place.

Through the platform, these trained Microsoft cloud developers will then be matched directly with companies looking for their specific talents and services.

Gebeya will also onboard Microsoft-certified professionals onto the dedicated Microsoft talent marketplace, drawing on robust vetting processes to ensure talent quality. To accelerate the hiring process, Gebeya will provide talent support with profile development, and also extend support to companies in search of Microsoft-certified talent.

Creating AI-Driven Employment Opportunities

With technical support from Microsoft, Gebeya is developing AI solutions on Azure, making it simpler for African youth to access meaningful employment opportunities.

Conventional talent search methods, reliant on keyword matching, often yield profiles lacking genuine job relevance. However, using Microsoft AI, Gebeya’s contextual search engine transcends keyword limitations, comprehending job descriptions for a more precise talent-recruiter match. Generative AI then further augments this by offering recruiters insightful reasons for candidate suitability. This technological integration significantly boosts Gebeya’s success in connecting talents with recruiters, ultimately generating more job opportunities.

Promoting Technopreneur Readiness

Statistics show one out of every three software developers want to become an entrepreneur. As part of the collaboration, Gebeya will identify talented software engineers who will be empowered to kick off their entrepreneurial journey through a combination of practical skills development, mindset cultivation, and exposure to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Commenting on the future of the initiative, Martin Ndlovu, Chief Growth Officer at Gebeya said:

“This is a very ambitious project we are embarking on with Microsoft and will require the collective effort of the entire ecosystem. Gebeya has always been a partner-driven organisation and as always we will be looking for partners to help us deliver on this bold mission.”

For more information about Gebeya’s partnership with Microsoft, please visit Gebeya’s Website.


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