Project: Kickstart in IT

We offer young adults IT bootcamps to work in emerging and developing countries establish one of the most important economic sectors (IT). The prerequisites (computer, Internet access) are low and available almost everywhere. With partnerships of German-based companies, local remote workplaces are to be created afterwards and innovations of tech start-ups are to be promoted. We commit all partner organisations to an appropriate remuneration for comparable living standards for equal work as well as the support for those affected by gender inequality and/or discrimination. The Kickstart project contributes to the following 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) :

Windhoek, Namibia

The first IT bootcamp is to be held in Windhoek (Namibia) in the summer of 2022. So far 3 partnerships have been concluded: VIKTORY Consulting offers 4 IT bootcamp alumni a remote position in Germany. The Software Institute is giving away 12 months of their Masterclass subscription for IT training and also offers 4 internships. Most recently, MCF Ventures has committed to supporting alumni who want to start a tech startup through mentoring, coaching and funding. At least 50% of MCF Ventures coaching slots will be allocated to female founders and those affected by gender inequality and/or discrimination. The partners cover the bootcamp costs and thus enable free participation.

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and enable further places in the IT bootcamp.

Countries

The programme is to be expanded to other countries in the coming years: Sri Lanka, Colombia, Rwanda, Ghana and Nigeria.

Project: BFI Scholarship

We want a scholarship for training, studies or further vocational training/reorientation that is fair and unconditional. Working people, women, refugees and migrants are given preference in the selection process. Unfortunately, applications are not possible at the moment.

Founder

Friends of the BFI Foundation

The Friends of the BFI Foundation supports the BFI Foundation's goals of equal opportunity education, free and value-driven research, and advancement and prosperity through innovation. Its members are involved in the charitable projects or administration in the foundation and association.

Andreas C. O. Paech

Andreas is an entrepreneur, programmer and scientist. He studied business informatics, human resource management and social economics at the universities of Hamburg and Hagen. He is doing his doctorate on IT personnel development in the private and public sectors. After 10 years of professional experience in the digital industry as a consultant, architect, project and division manager, he founded PRGH GmbH and now serves as managing director.

Carlos Alberto Rojas Gallardo

Carlos studied mechanical engineering at the Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia). After receiving a DAAD scholarship and studying as an exchange student at TU Dresden, he decided to do a Master in Mechatronics with a focus on Intelligent Systems and Robotics at TUHH. After 5 years of professional experience as an engineer, he changed his career due to the Corona pandemic and now works as a Data Scientist.

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There are numerous opportunities to get involved, to shape and and support.

Voluntary engagement

With us, you can flexibly contribute "hands-on" and shape the future of the sponsoring association and BFI foundation with your own ideas. We work remotely, so all engagements are possible throughout Germany / internationally (our headquarters is in Hamburg, Germany). If you are interested, please send an email with a (short) introduction and motivation to Andreas.

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Disclaimer

Both the Foundation and the Friends are currently in the process of being established. The draft statutes will be published here soon. For questions and feedback please send an email to Andreas.