Coinbase Giving, a charitable program within Coinbase focused on increasing economic freedom, and Aya, an online platform that connects the best African talent with organizations around the world, recently helped fund Aya’s Web3 Fellowship. came together to help.
AAYA provides a platform where the African workforce can work with organizations that know the value of their skills and talents. It has achieved tremendous success not only by connecting talent and organizations but also by bridging the trust between them.
“We want to bring the resilience and resourcefulness of Africans to the world. And we are leveraging innovative technology to create tools that will enable African talent to connect to global markets,” says Eric Annan, Founder and CEO of Aya Huh.
AYA assesses the needs of an organization very carefully by understanding the vision and desired results and discussing these with the founders and executive team. Pishikeni Tukura, co-founder of Aaya, says this has played a key role in the company’s strong growth trajectory.
“We want to redefine how talent is matched with startups,” he says. “That’s why we go to startups and talk to the founders, get to know them and their vision, and assess their needs.” We know what they need because we are the founders ourselves. With our AI tools, we are able to find the right people for these organizations who we believe will lead them in their vision and success. ,
By opening up blockchain and crypto to Africans the workforce can truly remain borderless.
“Aaya gives you the opportunity to do things you really enjoy while increasing your ability to earn beyond your physical limits,” says Annan. “It also gives businesses the opportunity to access the best talent available, vetted and trusted to work with. In this way, we take the pressure off the founders and executives. ,
While, to date, the company has connected talent with organizations spanning three different continents, it now seeks to nurture talent beyond just finding it.
“There is no shortage of talent in the world, but there is a dearth of talent with the right mindset to suit the company they are working for.” Especially when it comes to startups that we are focusing on. We want to do more than just build a hiring platform like Upwork or a cryptocurrency wallet,” says Annan. “A system like this requires training, education and mentoring.”
To fund this new training, Aya sent an offer to Coinbase Giving. Annan says that the response to Coinbase Giving was overwhelmingly positive.
“They felt it was a very exciting and futuristic approach to talent,” he says. “With the funding, we are looking at starting a training program with 50 people, and then building an education tool into the Ayagig system and also converting our existing talent.”
Tukura says that whether people have ten years of experience or just one year of experience, Aaya wants to give them what they need to strategically engage in startups and execute the vision.
“It’s not just a tool for hiring people, it’s a tool that grows companies—and opens up more opportunities. If we can be at the forefront of a new economic movement, we will be happy.” they say.
We will release information on program timelines and requirements for participation in the coming weeks.
Ayagigs can be accessed here and you can sign up either as a business to gain access to African talent or as a freelancer to access global opportunities. Join the Aaya community to get the latest updates on our progress.