Gebeya, a talent marketplace in Africa, has revealed its plan to empower 100 existing tech marketplaces in East Africa through its Marketplace-as-a-Service model to address the shortage of skilled developers in the region and promote economic growth.
The East African tech industry has been experiencing rapid growth, with startups revolutionizing various sectors and transforming lives. However, a significant challenge faced by many companies in the region is the shortage of skilled developers.
According to recent research, Africa has approximately 716,000 developers, with over 50 percent concentrated in Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa. While there has been a 3.8 percent increase in the developer pool compared to previous years, it still pales in comparison to other regions like the US, Europe, or Asia.
To address this challenge, two Ethiopian entrepreneurs, Amadou Daffe and Hiruy Amanuel, came together in 2016 to cofound a tech startup – Gebeya. Gebeya was established to train more developers and provide a marketplace between pre-vetted tech talents and African companies. Think Andela, but in Addis Ababa.
Gebeya says it currently plans to support 100 existing tech marketplaces in East Africa by building the Marketplace-as-a-Service model. This innovative approach allows companies to easily access high-quality developers and technical talent without the burden of recruitment and management.
According to Amadou Daffe, Co-founder and CEO of Gebeya, “We are not establishing the marketplaces, but providing support for existing marketplaces to thrive. We are not building these marketplaces from scratch, but rather, finding already existing marketplaces with solid entrepreneurs behind them, and supporting them.”
“Access to funding is a major challenge entrepreneurs face in East Africa. However, Gebeya plans to reinvest funds in 100 East African marketplaces and intends to extend its technical support to assist 1000 marketplace entrepreneurs across Africa in the next few years to scale up the African gig economy.” Daffe added.
Gebeya has already begun executing this initiative to achieve this goal, forging partnerships and offering marketplace-as-a-service to Lifeline Addis Home-based Healthcare, Eshi Express, Utentic, and YeneHealth, among other pioneer marketplaces.