Johannesburg, South Africa



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The Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) and Rand Merchant Investments (RMI) fintech division, AlphaCode, have announced a 12-month data science and business skills programme for 20 aspirant South African future fintech entrepreneurs.

Successful candidates will go through an intensive six-month data science-training programme, where they will learn how to design a 10X business along with the core digital skills needed to build a fintech organisation. This will be followed by three-months of business skills training, learning how to execute a 10X business strategy and to build a fintech startup.

The course will be sponsored by RMI and is offered at no cost to the candidates selected to take part. Included in the sponsorship is a stipend, to cover major living expenses during the year. “The EXPLORE 10X programme, developed by the EDSA team, provides AlphaCode access to young, bright, future fintech entrepreneurs with great ideas, which AlphaCode can then help grow their businesses and the economy at the same time,” said Dominique Collett, Head of AlphaCode and Senior Investment Executive at RMI.

The AlphaCode team will select the best of the best to participate in AlphaCode’s prestigious Incubate programme. If your winning idea is chosen, you’ll be granted a R2 million funding and business support package to kick-start your business.


AlphaCode are looking for exceptional individuals with a passion for fintech, innovation and disruption. You’ll need to be focused, driven and committed to make an impact on South Africa’s fintech industry. An open mind, a willingness to learn and a capacity for original, visionary thinking will be advantageous.

You will be asked to:

  1. Submit Your CV
  2. A 750-word essay describing your fintech business idea and how the world will be a better place with your business in it


Participation in the course will set you apart from others in the field by equipping you with cutting edge data science skills which will help you build your fintech business. You also stand a chance to secure a R2 million entrepreneurial package for your winning idea from AlphaCode

The course will also provide ample opportunity to network with academic experts, technological disruptors and influential industry specialists.

About Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism

Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation with social justice programmes aimed at exposing corruption, regulatory failures and human rights abuses with the tool of investigative journalism.

The initiative started in 2005 under the name Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award (WSIRA). It operated as an award-giving organisation till 2008 when it took on the name Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ). The change in name became necessary to reflect the intention of the coordinators to embrace a more robust line of activities; such that have greater capacity for engendering the appropriate values of investigative journalism in the Nigerian media environment.

The Centre is named after Professor ‘Wole Soyinka in recognition of his life-long work in support of the freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinion, and freedom to impart them without fear or favour and without hindrance or interference.