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A SaaS-enabled, Pan-African Talent Marketplace on a High

The Ethiopia-based Gebeya has announced an undisclosed pre-Series A investment from a Japanese VC firm to drive its ongoing expansion. Headquartered in Addis Ababa with offices in Kenya and Senegal, Gebeya connects startups, SMEs, and multinational corporations with vetted, skilled talent and professional services in more than 30 countries across Africa. The company has raised various rounds of capital since being founded six years ago, including a US$2 million back in 2020 that made up part of a wider US$4 million seed round, and has now banked an undisclosed pre-Series A from Inclusion Japan (ICJ), a Tokyo-based VC firm that has made Gebeya its second investment in Ethiopia after mobility startup Dodai. Gebeya will use the funding to evolve from being a simple two-sided tech talent marketplace into being a provisioner of marketplaces under a “Marketplace-as-a-Service” model.  “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with ICJ and are confident that this investment will help us to take our company to new heights. We are excited to see what the future holds and are committed to delivering the best possible products and services to our customers,” said Amadou Daffe, Gebeya’s CEO and co-founder.