9jacodekids Academy raises $350,000 seed funding to expand its operations across Nigeria
By Princess Kings-Echem
9jacodekids Academy has closed a $350,000 seed funding round, emphasizing our commitment to keep equipping kids with tech skills.
This year, we took a bold step to join Ultima’s second season of Lion’s Den. Lions’ Den is a business reality show that gives budding entrepreneurs across Nigeria the chance to pitch their business to 5 successful Nigerian investors, referred to as Lions.
These Lions are looking to invest in enterprising and ambitious Nigerian Entrepreneurs to assist them in fulfilling their dreams. As such, if they see the potential in the entrepreneurs’ business, idea or products, they will invest in the business, in exchange for some equity in the business.
This first investment round saw participation from new investor and partner Bolaji Balogun, The CEO Chapel Hill Denham who was one of the Lions in the Den.
9jacodekids Academy was founded with a mission of raising the next generation of technopreneurs by teaching kids aged 4-16 STEM skills in coding, robotics, artificial intelligence.
We believe this will prepare them for the future of work in the fourth industrial revolution. Through our training programs we have equipped over 5000 students with tech skills over the past six years. Parents have come to trust our approach and ability to positively influence their children in a safe and friendly environment.
We plan to use this funding to double down on our efforts and bring coding classes to more children across the nation and Africa as a whole!
“We plan to use this money to spread out across various parts of Nigeria starting with Lagos as we are currently in physical operation only in Port Harcourt city.” Ugochukwu Nkwocha, our CEO said as he made his pitch to the Lions. This first investment round saw participation from new investor and partner Bolaji Balogun, The CEO Chapel Hill Denham who was one of the Lions in the Den.
This is the next phase for us here at 9jacodekids and we are spurred to do more as this shows us that the plan is working, and we’ve been able to get people to fund it!
We are creating ‘magic’ and we hope you join us to make Nigeria great again, put Africa on the Tech map and bring our kids to limelight.