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Empowering African businesses to upskill the workforce

Joyce founded Zydii in a bid to raise the skills of small and medium enterprise employees with relevant, accessible, and affordable knowledge and skills. (Image source: Zydii)

Zydii, a Kenya-based digital training solutions provider, has received pre-seeding funding from DOB Equity, Kua Ventures, Kaleo Ventures and NaiBAN to support the company’s growth and expand its suite of upskilling solutions for the African business workforce

Zydii offers more than 100 digital training courses on soft skills and technical skills that businesses need to grow. These courses are developed in partnership with local experts.

The objective of Zydii’s courses is to help empower the African workforce by providing localised upskilling training courses to help Africa’s emerging businesses. The company will use the funding to expand its services to clients across Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Joyce Mbaya, founder and CEO of Zydii, commented “We provide much-needed localised training courses to address the skills gap in the African employment market and help improve the skills of the working population.”

Zydii recently completed the Scaleup Accelerator programme by Greenhouse Capital and Microsoft which aims to help tech pre-series A stage companies prepare for strong growth and funding. The company was also selected for the inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator for Women Founders.

Mbaya added, “Our vision for Zydii is to be able to ignite prosperity through shared wisdom. We are passionate about our missions to provide accessible and transformative digital training for African businesses.”

Nick Vilelle, founding member of NaiBAN, remarked, “We see a gap in the market for upskilling employees with quality and affordable localised courses. The solutions by international platforms often do not adequately capture the nuanced intricacies of our market. The passion and deep domain experience of Zydii founders Joyce Mbaya and Rhoda Kingori make us confident that they are the right people to solve this problem and that they will be at the forefront of upskilling the workforce in Africa.”

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