Abdoul Khadre Diallo, a young entrepreneur trying to help Senegal’s Technology scene to get off the ground by training young coders while also helping them find jobs at Volkeno.
Back in Dakar in 2015, he decided to put his technical skills as a computer science graduate at the service of young Senegalese who have an entrepreneurial project but need support to achieve them. “It all started with a hackathon, which I organized in July 2015, which raised 1,400 euros. I then created my start-up, Volkeno, with the idea of offering a service, through the placement of training sessions, and investment for startups. But very quickly, two problems arose: a lack of competence, of a part, and a lack of resource, on the other hand, explains the young man.
At Volkeno, coders and entrepreneurs learn essentially web development, marketing, and design. At the end of the one-month training program, they will spend two months interning with a local startup.
The classes are free. Volkeno is supported by companies like Firefly in exchange for hiring interns. At least 15 of those interns have landed full-time contracts.
CEO Abdoul Khadre Diallo initially set up Volkeno to provide tech services to local entrepreneurs. The training program was launched later when he realized none of his interns were sufficiently qualified.
The company now is introducing a great innovation in engaging people in IT. Andu an appl to teach computer science, working offline. “We have developed a tool called “Andu” that allows people to learn technologies without the Internet. By technologies, we are referring to web and mobile programming, digital marketing and graphic design, “he explained.
The young entrepreneur hopes to launch Andu’s expansion phase in the markets of Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Guinea, and Cameroon. Nor does it give up its primary idea of supporting start-ups. “The idea would be to have funds available to respond quickly to requests from project leaders, in consultation with other organizations,” says Abdoul Diallo.