Ghana’s Stars From All Nations (SFAN), an edtech startup focused on jobs and skills for youth, has raised $250,000 pre-seed funding to in what it says ”bring fresh perspectives to talent development on the continent through their Readyforwork.africa career accelerator.”
SFAN unlocks the potential of African youth through events and ReadyForWork, its immersive career accelerator program where the youth receive personalized, actionable, and coach support to launch their businesses and careers.
According to SFAN, on average, it takes university graduates in Africa six years to find their first jobs but employers still struggle to find early career professionals that have the right skills to fit into the jobs. The World Bank says these challenges translate to a $130 billion market opportunity.
This is the market SFAN wants to tap in with its fresh perspectives through its digital career accelerator that equips entry-level job seekers with job readiness skills then connects them to right employers.
SFAN was launched in 2013 by Tom-Chris Emewulu with a desire to bridge education to address youth unemployment in Ghana. With rampant youth unemplyment in Ghana and across Africa, Emewulu saw the need for a social enterprise that helps young people to discover themselves and act as catalysts to inspire others to live their lives on their terms.
SFAN will use this additional capital from Ghana-based funder King Solomon’s Group to set a firm foundation in scaling up their operations.