Umuzi gives high-potential young people from vulnerable communities hard & soft skills to pursue high-value digital careers in the 4IR.
13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.
earned income (product or services sales, licensing, franchising, consulting, financing, etc.) 90%
foundation or NGO grants 10%
80% of our income comes from companies buying training programmes: they pay us to recruit, train, and place young people into high-value tech roles.
10% of our income comes from companies buying Design Thinking and Software Development services from us.
10% comes from foundation grants (TK Foundation)
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
We plan to scale using our remote learning model. We will select the best talent using our aptitude and psychometric testing suite, and deliver a blended model of remote learning and local support through a partner network of coding bootcamps.
We will offer partner employers the option of either hiring our successful graduates directly, or we will offer to manage them in distributed development teams. We will target South African, Africa, and international employers, as our junior developers will be familiar with remote working.
16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?
Umuzi recruits participate in industry hackathons and meetups. They bring much needed diversity (race and gender) to what is typically still a white male dominated tech industry in South Africa.
Our alumni are our best advert. They are passionate ambassadors who introduce Umuzi to their new employers, who, impressed with their skills, are often willing to financially support more young people through our program to add to their staff.
Our alumni are also ambassadors for a brighter tech future in their communities.
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
African Leadership Initiative (Aspen Global Leadership Network): https://www.africaleadership.net/fellows/class-xii/gilbert-pooley/
Gauteng Premier's Service Excellence 2019
Business Arts South Africa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EHMwVuZ_6g
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
We leveraged employer partnerships to grow in S.Africa. We want to supercharge this to scale across Africa through partnerships with African coding bootcamps, and international tech employers keen to access affordable and high-quality African coding talent. Andela was playing in this space, but their VC-driven model led them to drop the junior training, and focus on more profitable experienced developers. Our non-profit structure, and our ability to partner with employers, gives us the edge.