EldoHub, an education, innovation and technology organization, has unveiled Sasakazi, a platform linking tech professionals with businesses based on their digital needs.

Sasakazi, Swahili word for “work now,” is a job matching digital platform enabling MSMEs to develop digital solutions tailor-made for them and create jobs for young tech professionals.

EldoHub Founder and CEO Magdaline Chepkemoi said the unveiling of the platform is a significant milestone for the organization, tech industry and digitization of MSMEs in Kenya.

“The official launch marked an important milestone in our journey to empower young tech professionals and bridge the digital skills gap in Kenya,” said Chepkemoi.

Speaking at the launch, Deputy British High Commissioner to Kenya said the UK-funded programme will help build a more equitable and diverse digital ecosystem.

“The partnership with Eldohub has shown that there is still a lot of demand for digital talent from both technology companies and traditional companies looking to digitalise and grow their businesses,” noted Gauld. 

Sasakazi is the product of a three-year partnership between Eldoret-based EldoHub and Thunderbird Global School of Management (Arizona State University) backed by UK-Kenya Tech Hub and the UK Government via the Africa Tech and Innovation Partnership (ATIP).

The platform, which aims to create professional digital apprenticeship with soft skills for digital work setting, supports MSMEs to digitalise while also broadening their business scope.

ICT and Digital Economy Principal Secretary, Eng John Tanui, has praised the platform as an accessible marketplace for tech skills and talent on one hand and MSMEs on the other.

“The SasaKazi platform will disrupt the industry by creating professional digital apprenticeships with time tested soft skills for digital work setting and support MSMEs to digitize in Africa,” added ICT and Digital Economy Principal Secretary, Eng John Tanui.

Sasakazi gives young tech talents a chance to market their skills and qualifications and access employers in the digital economy locally, regionally and elsewhere across the globe.

It also aids the interested businesses to identify, vet, recruit and place young tech talents to complete a digital project that has been identified by the business to suit its needs.

“Let us build an environment where no talent is untapped and where opportunities are not missed,” said Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) acting CEO John Paul Okwiri.

So far, the programme has reached 3,884 tech talents, placed 386 junior tech professionals into 181 businesses (start-ups, SMEs, and traditional businesses) in Kenya, with up to 90 per cent of the tech talents having been hired by the businesses, a proof of the significance of the initiative.

The initiative aims to onboard 1 million users and create 100,000 new jobs for the unemployed youth and women in the digital space in the next five years before expanding abroad.

EldoHub is targeting youth and women with the aim of preparing them to benefit from the opportunities the emerging ICT industry offers and close the skills gap in Africa’s job market.

It also provides STEM education, job matching and digital work while running entrepreneurship development programs for them and incubation of startups in Kenya.