Application Process

1. Applications start via our pre-application process by answering a few simple questions. Our team will review your application and suitable candidates will be admitted to the 10 Academy UpSkill platform. (5 minute completion time)

2. Complete the rest of your profile on UpSkill including your work experience, educational experience and other information. Bridge gaps and acquire expertise in areas relevant to careers in data science. Complete specific questions to be considered as a 10 Academy Fellow. (Profile completion – 2 hours; UpSkill – no limit)

3. Highest performers will be selected as 10 Academy Fellows and be invited for a one-month in-person training. Tuition-free and all accommodation and meals covered. It is expected that all Fellows will be placed into paid internships within 6 months of their training.

Selection Criteria

10 Academy selects on the basis of the applicants’

  1. Intelligence

  2. Work Ethic

  3. Creativity and Bias to scale

  4. Work readiness

We evaluate this using your responses to our application questions AND by seeing how quickly you are able to grow your skills on UpSkill.

UpSkilling

Applicants selected for the 10 Academy UpSkilling platform will gain access to a set of courses through which they can both learn new skills and showcase their potential.  Progress on courses in UpSkill will be part of the selection process for admission as a 10 Academy Fellow and UpSkilling courses will be carefully designed to provide skills relevant to jobs in Data Science fields.

In-person training

Applicants selected as 10 Academy Fellows undertake a one-month residential course, with small class sizes of approximately 30 Fellows at a time. This enables Fellows to develop close relationships with their peers, their instructors and to work in small learning groups.

Content is focused on providing knowledge, skills, networks and cultural change to make Fellows into change-makers.

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Topics covered include:
1. Identifying problems to be solved in Africa
2. Design thinking
3. Big Data
4. Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
5. Agile Software Development
6. Robotics
7. Entrepreneurship, lean startup, management

The course period is designed to be intense over 4-weeks, running 7 days per week and with long days to be expected.

Social and cultural activities will be part of the training as well, including guest lectures, discussions and excursions.

Throughout the month-long training, Fellows will work together on group projects, applying the learnings from their courses.

Internship Placement

To launch the careers of 10 Academy Fellows, nearly all 10 Academy Fellows will take up paid internships after 10 Academy. The target is to place 90% of 10 Academy Fellows as interns within 6 months of completing the training, with each 10 Academy Fellow having an active role to play in identifying, interviewing and searching for internships for him/herself.

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In 2019, 10 Academy will focus on Data Science – this means that placements will tend to be in positions such as:

  1. Data Scientist

  2. Data Analyst

  3. Builder

Internships would normally be 6 months in duration.

Why apply to 10 Academy

10 Academy identifies Africa’s highest potential young people and prepares them for careers with 10x impact.

10 Academy charges no tuition or fees at any stage in the process – if you are selected as a 10 Academy Fellow, your accommodation and meals are covered and you only cover your transportation to the location. If you’re flying in, we’ll even collect you from the airport.

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The 10 Academy UpSkill platform is designed for talented young Africans – showcasing potential instead of past achievements and allowing UpSkilling towards getting data science jobs.

Courses taught by leading lecturers in the field – focus on enabling you to self-teach for long-term impact.

Reputation – 10 Academy has been supported by many leading organizations.

Data science – Our 2019 edition will focus on data science – a growing field that offers exceptional growth opportunities and impact opportunities.

Peer network – develop a close bond of supporters and colleagues to support you as you move ahead in your career.

Multiple exit points – Opportunities for all members of the upskilling platform to match with jobs, even those who are not selected as 10 Academy Fellows.

Small class sizes – in 2019, 10 Academy expects to have classes no larger than 35 students. Get to know all of your fellow students and develop a close relationship with your academic staff.

More information on applying

Start your application process here.

The first step is a brief application for admission to our full platform – this should take no more than 5 minutes.

Next course:

  1. July 2019

  2. Location: Ghana

  3. Venue: Ashesi University Campus, Berekuso Ghana

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Requirements:

  1. Holding a passport from an African country

  2. Holding (or anticipate holding) a university degree with a completion date in 2018 or 2019.

  3. While all nationalities are welcome to apply, only nationals of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda will be considered as Fellows this time. Other countries will be added as soon as possible and once internships can be found in those countries.

Focus area:
The focus area for 2019 training sessions will be Data Science.

Costs:

Selected Fellows do not pay any tuition fees to attend 10 Academy training.

Accommodation (shared rooms) and meals are provided.

Transportation costs to attend training are the responsibility of the selected Fellows.Timing

The first step of the application process should take 5 minutes to complete and the second step should take 90-120 minutes to complete.

Application FAQs

What does a typical day at 10 Academy look like?

The 10 Academy training program is rigorous.  A typical day will include 3-4 hours of in-class time, 4-6 hours of group work and project work and extra activities such as evening talks, preparation for article discussions.  We only have a month and will use most of this time, including weekends and evenings. Social contact comes from living, eating and working together in the residential environment.  In the past, 10 Academy Fellows developed strong and long-lasting bonds with other Fellows.

Will I get a paid position after 10 Academy?

In the past we have had 90% of our Fellows find paid positions after 10Ac. We are working with our partners to provide paid internship opportunities. We do not guarantee paid internship opportunities.

What previous education is required?

You need to have completed an undergraduate degree, in any field, with a graduation date falling between 1 Jan 2017 and 31 Dec 2018.

What does it cost to attend 10 Academy?

10 Academy would provide shared room, meals and all related cost to the training. Selected applicants however, are responsible for the cost of a flights/transportation to the host country/institution.

Past Fellows

Mulung, Bibi Rawiyah

Mauritius

Field of work

Electrical Design Engineer

Educational background

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Institut Teknologi Brunei

Akinseinde, Samuel

Nigeria

Engineering - Computer Engineering

Educational background

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering – Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
Diploma in Leadership Development – African Leadership Development Centre, Nigeria

Notes

First Class Honors Award - Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria

Conteh, Suricia Yatiana Esther

Sierra Leone

Professional Experience

Part-time Junior Secondary School Teacher – The International School Ltd
Part-Time Lecturer – Fourah Bay College
Contributing Writer and Editor – African Young Voices Newspaper
Creative Editor and Editor – Virtuous Woman Leader Magazine

Field

English Language and Literature
Educational background
B.A. (Honours), English Language and Literature – Fouray Bay College, Sierra Leone

Notes

Member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) network

Iddrisu, Fatimatu

Ghana

Field of work

Geological Engineering

Educational background

Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering - University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, Ghana

Dzoro, Joylene Tinaye

Zimbabwe

Field of work

Social Work

Educational background

Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree in Social Work – Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe

Manko, Emmanuel Morris

Tanzania

Field of work

Architecture

Educational background

Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture - University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria

Quote/ Testimony

If I were a sleepy person, 10 academy was like a throwing cold water on my face.

Olting’idi, Damaris Silantoi

Kenya

Field of work

Sales operations/ FinTech/ Data Analysis

Educational background

B.Sc. Business Administration - Ashesi University College, Ghana

Quote/ Testimony

My 10 Academy experience exposed me to the world of data and helped me ascertain my interest in the field of business analytics. My job involves working with high volumes of organic data that help management make crucial decisions, fix problems in our markets and improve processes. Blending my 10 Academy experience and my business background has been very instrumental in my work.I love that I am able to actively make a difference every day and I am forever indebted to 10 Academy for the amazing experience and networks.

Sowe, Mamadou K.

Gambia

Field of work

Software developer

Educational background

BSc. Computer Science - Ashesi University College, Ghana

Adotey, Sampson Kofi

Ghana

Field of work

Communications Management and Knowledge Brokering

Educational Background

B.A, Integrated Development Studies – University for Development Studies, Ghana

Quote/ Testimony

10 Academy was an amazing experience for me. I enjoyed studying the modules, the interactions, and group activities as well as the friendships. I am grateful to have been part of the first cohort and I encourage the upcoming fellows to seize the opportunity to learn, engage and aspire to put in their best in the entire process of the fellowship from application, pre-selection, selection to post training or internship

Agbenyegah, Judy Edinam Ajoa

Ghana

Field

Engineering – Geological Engineering

Educational Background

Bachelors’ Degree, Geological Engineering - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Quote/ testimony

“ It was an impactful networking experience for me. The diversity of cultures and the well of knowledge imparted by our Professors was exceptional.”

Eelu, Hilja Hambeleleni

Namibia

Field of work

Academia (Health Professional Education)

Educational background

Bachelor of Science Honours , Molecular and Cell Biology- University of Cape Town, South Africa
Bachelor of Science, Human Genetics – University of Pretoria, South Africa

Quote/ Testimony

As much as there were practical skills learnt at 10x academy, some of which I apply in my current work and study, the most invaluable resource has been the network of young individuals seeking to build the African continent. 10x Academy has left me with the impression that Africa’s large, complex problems can be solved. With a team of 10xbuilders across the continent we will solve them.

Mhlanga, Fezile Faith

Swaziland

Educational background </strong

B.Sc. Conservation Ecology – Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Mboungou, Paulcy Desmerveilles

Republic of Congo

Field of work

Communications

Educational background

BSc. Computer Science (Statistics)

Quote/ Testimony

“Being at 10Academy gives you an incredible opportunity to join a group of highest potential young people whose core mission and passion are not only to have fun while learning, but more importantly use the power of technology to make a 10x impact across Africa.

Bahri, Nada

Tunisia

Educational background

License in Private law - Faculty of Law and Political science, Tunisia

Angula, Tuhafeni

Namibia

Field of work

Engineering - Civil Engineering

Educational background

B.Sc. Civil Engineering (Honours) – University of Namibia, Namibia

Quote/ Testimony

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” - Leonardo da Vinci

Ngabonziza, Iradukunda Benitha

Rwanda

Educational background

B.Sc. Land Survey - INES-Ruhengeri/ Land Survey Department, Ao, Rwanda

Sekyi, Emmanuel

Ghana

Field of work

AI, Software

Educational background

BSc Chemical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Adalet, Rabiaa

Tunisia

Field of work

Communications, Engineering,software design, Business Development

Educational background

Engineering degree with honors – Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

Quote/ Testimony

My favourite “internal coaching” is this miracle quote: Keep going it will make sense soon enough. The beginning of a professional career is, in most cases, not easy and full of challenges. You may find yourself questioning your choice, but it wouldn’t be amazing if your goals are finally achieved despite all the obstacles!

Aubeeluck, Muzammil Bin Anwar

Mauritius

Educational background

B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science - University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Baye, Gaspard

Cameroon

Field of work

Software, especially AI

Educational background

BSc Information and communication technology (ICT) (Hon) from ICT-University, Yaoundé

Quote/ Testimony

“Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big”.
“Magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you want to.
The universe always fall in love with stubborn heart.”

Muli, Joy Mueni

Kenya

Educational background

Bachelor of Arts in Design - University of Nairobi, Kenya

Viayinon, Jean-Hénock

Benin

Educational background

BSc. Agronimic Sciences, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin
BSc. Economics, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin
MSc Statistics, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin