The first blockchain educational institution in Eastern Africa Funtrech, and US-based blockchain certification company, Blockchain Training Alliance (BTA) have entered into a strategic partnership in building an ecosystem of emerging technologies in Africa.
The development was announced during the official Funtrench launch in Nairobi. This partnership puts Kenya as one of the African countries besides South Africa and Nigeria where BTA accredited blockchain courses are offered.
The collaboration with BTA will enable Funtrench to offer a wider range of certified blockchain-related courses in Kenya and to create a talent pool of individuals that are savvy in industry 4.0 technologies.
Kingsley Ndiewo, CEO Funtrench Ltd said: “We are happy to be officially launching our company ten months after opening our blockchain campus in Parklands, Nairobi. Our idea of a talent ecosystem is somewhat similar to the Japanese keiretsu whose interlocking parts establish a self-sustaining system. We, therefore, believe that collaboration works better than competing. That is why we are striving to partner with institutions like BTA.”
Chad Decker, CEO Blockchain Training Alliance asserted: “Our strategic partnership with Funtrench was ignited through their passion for education.”
Funtrench focuses on practical training where learners are instilled with skills to build solutions based on emerging technologies that address African problems.
It has joined hands with Nairobi-based tertiary institution Oshwal College and Kenyan NGO AkiraChix to offer courses in blockchain foundation, blockchain developer, Python programming, and game development.
The company was founded in 2008 with a focus on software development and later opened a blockchain campus in Parklands in 2018. It has also been nominated for the 2019 Katerva Award in Human Development, recognizing it’s goal of global sustainability for the Kenyan workforce.