Twitter founder,Jack Dorsey, has donated £5,000 ($6,437) in Nigeria’s nonprofit software startup, DevCareer. The fund from Dorsey, who was in Nigeria last year, formed part of the £16,800 ($20,599) raised by DevCareer.
The founder of DevCareer, Sultan Akintunde, disclosed the Twitter founder’s interest in his startup, which offers laptops and software development training for free to interested individuals on Twitter.
“A big thank you to @jack for supporting the growth of budding developers in Africa through @dev_careers.”
DevCareer had begun through crowdfunding on Twitter, to buy laptops for aspiring developers in Nigeria. The reactions from the tech community encouraged Akintunde to further the ambition of DevCareer.
He requested to raise funds to buy laptops for 20 upcoming developers who can’t afford it and a mentorship program to 30 extra upcoming developers. DevCareer went on to raise £5000 in its first cohort to train 22 developers across three states. It has also raised more than £10,000 (N4.6 million) for it second cohort. So far, the company has raised £21,000 (N9.8 million) altogether; including the recent £5,000 from Twitter’s Dorsey.
When asked if the free service is for a short-term or DevCareer is willing to continue for the long-term.
Akintunde said, “We have a sustainability plan but it can’t be related to business models like Andela and others. Short term and long term. We will continue to be a non-profit.”