In the lands of Africa and the Middle East, a company by the name of GoMyCode has embarked on a noble quest: to provide digital training programmes for talent hungry for skills in technology. Founded in 2017 in Tunisia, this startup has created a online platform accessible to all those who aspire to train in the vast world of computer programming. The year 2022 marks a turning point for this young, innovative company, when it succeeds in raising significant funds to support its expansion. We invite you to find out more about this promising start-up, which is striving to democratise computing in an environment that is in the throes of technological upheaval.
What is GoMyCode?
GoMyCode is a start-up that has developed a platform of the same name. The latter is a channel through which advanced programming courses can be accessed. It was founded in 2017 by the brothers Yahya and Amine BouhlelIt is now present in several countries, including Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Nigeria. The start-up works with more than 500 teachers from the countries where it operates. They provide courses on the platform in more than a dozen languages.
These different courses are aimed at all social categories without distinction. Whether you're planning a career change, want to improve your programming skills or are simply curious, the GoMyCode platform is the ideal solution for you. It is aimed at a wide audience and is accessible and affordable for everyone. In order to train and assess learners, a system based on projects and exercises has been put in place to provide them with long-term skills. GoMyCode's training method is just as effective as traditional teaching, if not more so. In fact, the solution actively prepares future players in the technology industry to best fulfil their future responsibilities. It boasts of having trained more than 10,000 students and offers at least 25 training courses, including Graphic Design, Full-stack Development and Artificial Intelligence.
A mixed system for innovative edtech
GoMyCode is not just a digital platform. It offers learners an online training programme coupled with face-to-face support. This blended learning model allows students to be assessed with clear checkpoints, while giving them enough flexibility to master the content at their own pace. Thanks to this particular system, GoMyCode has managed to place 80% of its students on a placement programme. The skills provided through the various programmes have also facilitated career changes, upward mobility and diversification of income sources for thousands of graduates. In this way, the startup is helping to achieve the 4th Sustainable Development Goal which consists of providing quality education in conditions of equity and promoting lifelong learning opportunities.
Thanks to the funding raised by the startup, GoMyCode will be able to establish itself in twelve countries by 2024, including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Saudi Arabia, and expand its presence in countries where it is already established, including two of Africa's biggest markets: Egypt and Nigeria. To further the democratisation of digital education, GoMyCode has closed an $8 million Series A financing round led by AfricInvest, via the Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund (CAIF), Proparco and Wamda Capital. This marks a new phase of growth for the start-up, which intends to make an even greater impact on the education ecosystem in Africa and the MENA region.
GoMyCode is therefore one of a number of promising start-ups determined to provide Africa and the Middle East with the weapons to work towards their own development. Education is an essential lever for achieving this, and it's clear that high-quality training in digital fields, delivered on the basis of a scalable model, will stimulate growth on the continent.