Pan-African tech talent marketplace Gabeya, has secured a pre-series A equity investment from Tokyo-based venture capital company Inclusion Japan (ICJ) to drive its continued expansion. Terms were not disclosed. 

Gabeya said that the investment would be used to expand the niche recruitment site into a provider of marketplace platform technology — a marketplace-as-a-service model.

Established six years ago and headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Gabeya helps to upskill software developers, designers, project managers and other IT specialists, in addition to connecting vetted individuals with work opportunities in startups, SMEs and multinationals in more than 30 countries across the continent.

Prior to this round, Gabeya had raised a total of $4 million U.S. in seed funding from Partech Ventures, Orange Ventures and Consonance.

To date, ICJ’s No. 2 Fund has invested in 16 startups in such sectors as green energy, finance, food, transportation and even space exploration (Japan-based ISpace).

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