TalentQL, an African talent recruitment startup, announced that it has been accepted into the TechStars Toronto accelerator program. The company will be Joining PlentyWaka and eight other startups in the class of 2021 and will be receiving $120k in funding from Techstars.
Founded in November 2020 by Adewale Yusuf, Opeyemi Awoyemi, and Akintunde Sultan, they realized that a lot of the career growth opportunities for developers were concentrated in a few key locations. TalentQL helps companies around the world, build and manage world-class remote engineering teams consisting of high-performing technical talents across the continent.
Last year, the six-month-old startup raised $300,000 pre-seed led by Zedcrest capital and now they’ll be receiving $120k from Techstars. The company plans to open an office in Kenya and also get global opportunities for African talents and drive its expansion plans in Africa.
TalentQL currently has over 100 tech skills available with more than 2,000 developers on its platform. These developers cater to clients from the U.S., Europe, Nigeria, and Kenya
Sunil Sharma, the managing director of TechStars Toronto said “Techstars’ investment in TalentQL gives the accelerator a chance to participate in the burgeoning tech talent space.
“The rise of Nigeria is more widely appreciated now in terms of technology sectors like finance, mobility, and e-commerce, where talented Nigerians are not only bringing innovation and disruption but are doing so rapidly and at scale, equally as intriguing is the opportunity relating to talent itself as Nigerians and Africans across the continent are contributing more to supporting tech companies across the world, and we think this is just the start.”