Tunisian edtech startup GoMyCode has raised $850,000 in a pre-Series A round from Wamda (their first investment in the country), Tunis-based investment firm Meninx Holding, Anava Seed Fund (the fund behind Flat6Labs Tunis), and Jasminum Capital.
Founded in 2017 by Yahya and Amine Bouhlel, GOMYCODE offers an online learning platform for coding and other digital training and provides digital training tools, content creation, skills management, technical evaluation and matching with employment opportunities. It allows stakeholders to quickly and autonomously create training programmes on a wide range of skills in areas like web development, video game development, artificial intelligence, data science, UX design and business intelligence among others.
According to its website, GoMyCode’s programs are four to sixteen week-long and follow a learn-by-doing approach. They include educational content (broken down into chapters) that can be accessed on its online platform, exercises, projects, one-to-one meetings with the trainers, and workshops. Almost every program requires at least 4 hours of commitment from students for in-person (offline) sessions or interactions.
GoMyCode currently has hackerspaces (offline locations) in Tunis, Sousse, Sfax, and Algiers. In a statement, it said it employs 60 people in the company and has over 50 trainers in its network to offer the training programs at its offline locations.
The startup claims that it has trained over 5,000 students since its inception in 2017. GoMyCode not only trains the students but also helps them find jobs where they could use their newly acquired skills. Its website states that it has over 100 recruitment partners.
After its early success in Tunisia and expansion to Algeria, GoMyCode has now its eyes set on Morocco, Egypt, and Nigeria. It aims to become one of the largest developer communities in the Middle East and Africa.
Based on a blended learning model, combining physical presence at the GOMYCODE Hackerspaces with online learning, GOMYCODE aims to have a strong impact in terms of talent training and to guide them to a more digitised job market and economy.