The South African DJ & entrepreneur aim to lower the barrier of entry by partnering with the platform to give away scholarships to prospective students.
The equity investment is part of an equal partnership between Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo aka Black Coffee & Southern African tech education provider, HyperionDev. which is the largest tech education provider in Southern Africa.
HyperionDev is backed by both Facebook and Google, and has already trained, supported and successfully placed learners from over 40 countries into tech roles. HyperionDev’s efforts to bring tech skills to those without reliable internet access won it the 2016 Facebook Innovation Challenge Award.
“ We need to start figuring things out, and I believe that tech education is the way forward. Closing the skills gap will assist the economy and the only way to do that is looking at things the non-traditional way.
The tech space is giving the youth opportunities for them to compete in the global scale and I am very proud to be venturing into business with a company that is proactive in finding ways to create jobs for the youth of this country. “
– Black Coffee
The main goal of Black Coffee is to support accessible, alternative education in South Africa, and at raising awareness of better, more affordable ways of learning the essential tech skills in web development, data science, and software engineering that the modern global economy depends on.
Students studying via HyperionDev have hailed from over 40 different countries worldwide. Today, the company states that it has a record of 72% of students effectively transitioning into a job within three months of graduation.
To provide improved access and affordability for everyone, the HyperionDev coding bootcamps do not require students to have any experience in programming, coding languages or any other higher learning experience but they are SAQA aligned. Valid for studies with a start date at any point from November until March 2021.