Richard Brandt, CEO of Codetrain, Selected as part of Top 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians 2019
CEO of Codetrain, Richard Brandt has been selected as part of the Top 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians 2019. The list curated and released by leading PR and Rating firm, Avance Media, has helped highlight the works of young Ghanaians across the world. Richard Brandt is also shortlisted in the Top 5 Entrepreneurs in the Science and Technology category.
Richard Brandt is the founder and CEO of Codetrain. Codetrain empowers young Africans to rise digitally by transforming them into professional software developers and matches them to job opportunities so that they can realize their dreams.
Richard has always been passionate about using STEM to solve society’s problems; while doing his national service, he volunteered to teach math as a way of assisting junior high school students in Danfa village (an hour and a half away from the city of Accra) and in that year, there was a significant improvement in their BECE math grades. Richard joined Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) program where he studied software development and entrepreneurship. While at MEST, his team won the World Youth Summit Award with an innovative solution that aimed at reducing maternal mortality in developing countries.
Richard was selected among the 100 best innovators in the world to join ‘Startup Chile”, one of the biggest startup accelerators globally. While in Chile, he presented guest lectures at local universities such as the Universidad de Mayor. Upon his return to Ghana, he decided to contribute to Ghana’s national development with digital skills and entrepreneurship training, mentoring and coding bootcamps in universities and high schools across Ghana, impacting over 20,000 youth. Richard was adjudged ICT Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 at the YEIS 2019 Awards.
Codetrain has two locations in Ghana, Accra and Kumasi, where students get in-person training in mobile and web app development in the training program. With students flying in from several African countries to join their Ghanaian counterparts to become software developers, Codetrain is set to be a Pan-African leader in tech skills training and recruitment.
Currently, in its fifth year, the annual ranking by Avance Media has helped highlight the works of young Ghanaians across the world and has seen notable personalities such Anas Aremeyaw Anas (2015 & 2016), Kow Essuman (2017) and Prophet Daniel Amoateng (2018) voted as the Most Influential Young Ghanaians in the previous years.
Honourees cut across diverse sectors with these inspiring young change-makers and leaders making great strides as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, social entrepreneurs, public servants and politicians.
Public Voting has been opened via gh.avancemedia.org for the public to decide who become the Top Most Influential Young Person 2019.