Application Process

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

2. Complete the rest of your profile on UpSkill including your work experience, educational experience and mandatory assessments (~2 hours completion time).

3. Bridge gaps and acquire expertise in areas relevant to careers in data science through our UpSkill modules.  There is no limit to the number of courses an applicant can take on UpSkill.

Note: All applicants need to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in Data Science through completion of modules on UpSkill

3. Highest performers will be selected as 10 Academy Fellows and be invited for a one-month in-person training. The in-person training is tuition-free and all accommodation and meals are covered. We aim to place 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.


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.  Each 10 Academy Fellow will play an active role in identifying, interviewing and searching for internships for him/herself.

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

  1. Data Scientist

  2. Data Analyst

  3. Builder

Internships are normally 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.

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  1. To be announced

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  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. All African nationalities are welcome to apply.  For the in-person training, 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 is Data Science.


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

Accommodation (shared rooms) and meals are provided.

Transportation costs to the country where the training is being held are the responsibility of the selected Fellows.

Application FAQs

What does a typical day at the 10 Academy in-person training look like?

The 10 Academy in-person 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.

What material is covered at 10 Academy's in person training?

See the ‘In-person’ Training section here.

Will I get a paid position after 10 Academy?

In the past we have had 90% of our Fellows find paid positions after 10 Academy. To launch the careers of 10 Academy Fellows, nearly all 10 Academy Fellows will take up paid internships after 10 Academy with our target being to place 90% of 10 Academy Fellows as interns within 6 months of completing the training. Each 10 Academy Fellow expected to play an active role in identifying, interviewing and searching for internships for him/herself.

Despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee any placements.

What previous education is required?

To be eligible for the in-person training, you need to have completed an undergraduate degree before the start of the in-person training, but no more than two-years prior.  For example for a training program planned to start on 1 November 2019, you should have graduated between 1 November 2017 and 31 October 2019.

There are no previous education restrictions for admission to UpSkill.

What does it cost to attend 10 Academy?

There is no fee for the online portion.

For learners that have been selected to the in-person training, 10 Academy provides 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.

Past Fellows

Mulung, Bibi Rawiyah


Field of work

Electrical Design Engineer

Educational background

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

Akinseinde, Samuel


Engineering - Computer Engineering

Educational background

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


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


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


Member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) network

Iddrisu, Fatimatu


Field of work

Geological Engineering

Educational background

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

Dzoro, Joylene Tinaye


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


Field of work


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


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.


Field of work

Software developer

Educational background

BSc. Computer Science - Ashesi University College, Ghana

Adotey, Sampson Kofi


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



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


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


Educational background </strong

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

Mboungou, Paulcy Desmerveilles

Republic of Congo

Field of work


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


Educational background

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

Angula, Tuhafeni


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


Educational background

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

Sekyi, Emmanuel


Field of work

AI, Software

Educational background

BSc Chemical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Adalet, Rabiaa


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


Educational background

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

Baye, Gaspard


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


Educational background

Bachelor of Arts in Design - University of Nairobi, Kenya

Viayinon, Jean-Hénock


Educational background

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