We are using AI to revolutionise tech training in Africa, say startup, Codar founders
David Sokefun and Williams Olusegun, co-founders of Codar Africa, are on a mission to bridge the skills gap in the African tech market. With backgrounds in law and building respectively, the two entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to provide technical training to those who needed it the most, at the most affordable price point.
After realising that many organisations offering technical trainings were not delivering the best quality or were too expensive, they saw a need for an effective training system that would guarantee its graduates jobs. They founded Codar in December 2021, with the goal of making technical training accessible to everyone.
“The need for such a solution to exist and the fact that no one was trying to solve that exact problem inspired us to pursue our current occupation,” Sokefun said.
Starting with personal funds and limited resources, Codar has been able to bootstrap and grow to the point it is today, with zero external funding.
“We are proud of being able to get to where we are now with just our own resources,” says Olusegun.
The company is currently working on releasing its mobile app, which will make learning more accessible and available on multiple platforms. Codar is also expanding to other African countries such as Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Morocco.
In addition to expanding, Codar is also creating a campaign to help university students get into tech and make money on the side while still in school. “We want to give students the opportunity to start early and gain valuable skills,” Sokefun stated.
The co-founders faced many challenges along the way, including starting in the market with limited resources and maintaining a low price point for their target market. However, they did not let these obstacles stop them and continued to push forward.
Their advice to aspiring professionals in their field is to “know what you want and go for it. It might be rough, but the first rule is to not quit, second rule is to give it all it takes.”
With the philosophy that “anything is possible,” David and Williams are determined to make a difference in the African tech market and empower individuals with the skills they need to succeed.