StartWeb, in partnership with a renowned technology-training solution firm, Haptics Academy and Google, gave free training to young African entrepreneurs and small business owners. The goal was to train over 1,000 business owners, expand their operations and upgrade their skills in a rapidly evolving world such that the partnership would impact over 5,000 Africans. The co-founder of StartWeb, Mr. Kelvin Orifa explained that with small and medium-sized enterprises providing an estimated 80 per cent of jobs across the continent, the partnership would empower young Africans with employable skills by providing a world-class mentorship programme that would equip the next generation of budding entrepreneurs with new skills.
Orifa said: “The modules revolve around Google Workspace tools, Google My Business, and teaching participants on how to build their websites, e-commerce online store, and the tools required to manage multiple resources. The training programme, which ended recently, was streamed on YouTube and it only required participants to have access to an internet connection, as registration was free. Participants also received a Basic Digital Skills Certificate, sponsored by Google and StartWeb, upon completion”. Speaking in the same vein, Project Manager of Haptics Academy, Ngozi Nwaokolo disclosed that “We are glad to find the right avenue to assist African business owners as part of the Grow With Google initiative. It is in line with our mission to inspire a new generation of sustainable, global African businesses, and create a community of world-class African technology professionals”.