TalentQL, short for Talent Quiet Location, launched a week ago with the aim of building a pipeline of African talent for companies. The startup wants to hire, develop and manage remote talent for foreign companies. TalentQL is the brainchild of Adewale Yusuf, co-founder of Techpoint Africa; Opeyemi Awoyemi, co-founder of Jobberman; and Akintunde Sultan, co-founder of DevCareer.
The experienced team of founders raised a $300,000 pre seed funding led by Nigerian investment firm, Zedcrest Capital, angel investors – Venture Platform’s Kola Aina and former Andela Executive, Prosper Otemuyiwa.
“This pre-seed funding allows us to kickstart this mission and we are convinced that what we are doing at TalentQL will change the African talent landscape. We believe that talent is Africa’s greatest export and as such needs to be developed and refined.” said CEO Adewale Yusuf.
He also specified that TalentQL will have three main pillars : Hire and manage the best engineering talent for foreign companies;
create a talent pipeline for interested local companies; facilitate access to TalentQL’s workspace with the option of the clients providing accommodation for the developers.
The investors were very happy to work with founders who have already proven themselves in other startups
Adedayo Amzat, CEO of Zedcrest Capital said; “African talents are undoubtedly competing favourably globally, and TalentQL’s work will expand the available talent pool to improve further Africa’s representation in the global technology talent space.
It is a no brainer to be betting on the TalentQL team. They are entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses, and we have no doubt they will replicate the same success here.”