Gebeya, based in Ethiopia, is a SaaS-enabled pan-African talent marketplace, and it has just announced a pre-Series A investment from Inclusion Japan, a Japanese VC firm.
Gebeya connects startups, SMEs, and multinational organizations with vetted, qualified talent and professional services in more than 30 countries around Africa. Gebeya is headquartered in Addis Ababa and has offices in Kenya and Senegal.
“We are grateful for the chance to work with ICJ and are certain that this investment will enable us to grow our business to new heights. Amadou Daffe, CEO and co-founder of Gebeya, said, “We are eager to see what the future holds and are dedicated to providing the greatest products and services to our clients.
“Gebeya has always benefited from solid alliances with like-minded businesses who recognize Africa’s potential and that resource sharing is essential to achieving impact at scale,” says the company.
Director and co-founder of ICJ Yasuhiro Yoshizawa expressed his “pleasure” at investing in Gebeya.
“I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to invest in Gebeya, which has the biggest potential in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Yoshizawa said. “As a fund manager with a US$100 million investment budget that will focus on the Africa region,” Yoshizawa said.
With the funding, Gebeya will transform from a straightforward two-sided marketplace for tech talent to a provider of marketplaces using a “Marketplace-as-a-Service” model.