July 29, 2022

Black Professionals In Tech Launches Community Network In Zambia

Black Professionals in Tech (BPTN) has officially made its debut in Zambia. 

The community network, which currently has more than 60,000 Black members worldwide, has created a global network for professionals working within North America and across countries worldwide. 

BPTN’s new network, which went live at the Bongo Hive Technology Lusaka earlier this week, connects large tech companies with Black tech professionals. It provides employment opportunities to members and offers mentorship and educational resources to help entrepreneurs develop long-standing, successful careers within the tech industry. 

The platform enables tech giants to hire talent and can be recognized as “An Employer of Choice” for Black tech professionals. BPTN’s partners include Microsoft, IBM, LinkedIn, PwC, HPE, Intuit, Yelp, RBC Bank, and many more global companies. 

“BPTN is here to stay and will be investing $500,000 yearly into the Zambian economy through hiring 17+ full-time staff, renting an office space in Lusaka, and purchasing equipment,” said Lekan Olawoye, founder of BPTN. 

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“Our Zambian office will be our Software engineering office, and it will help BPTN Inc build and maintain its global platform (obsidi.com).” 

Additionally, the network offers partner organizations training sessions to help enrich their knowledge and understanding of the Black tech professional experience. Through this exercise, companies can receive help structuring their procedures to help them better recruit and retain talent.  

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.