Remoteli partners Pathways to empower footballers with tech skills

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February 7, 2024
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  • Remoteli, a Ghanaian tech talent startup that partnered with Pathways — a foundation focused on expanding opportunities for young athletes — in January 2024, has announced a $314,824 (£250,000) investment as part of the Pathways project.
  • The Pathways project, signed with the foundation in January 2024, intends to provide players with new opportunities to develop their tech skills if their football career does not turn out as they had hoped.
  • Led by Jeremie Frimpong, a Ghanaian-Dutch professional footballer for Bayern Leverkusen and Pathways founder, the funding will help Remoteli facilitate its goals of employing one million people by 2030.

Samuel Brooksworth founded Remoteli in 2020 to bridge the gap between tech job seekers and employers looking to hire. It is headquartered in the United Kingdom and opened its first international office in Accra, Ghana.

Remoteli claims to use AI-powered software to match companies with tech talent. It also says it has hired over 100 individuals and supported 100 clients. 

Frimpong launched Pathways in January 2024 to assist players aged 15 to 22, both male and female, who do not advance to the professional level of football. It collaborated with Remoteli that same month to offer technical skills to football players, fusing technology and the game.  

A survey shows that “nearly 90% of young players feel anxious or depressed after leaving their club, with 72% feeling their club had not provided enough support.”

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According to an interview, Frimpong stated that his investment in Remoteli demonstrates his support for the goals of the startup, which include providing support or an alternative career path for football players who can’t make it in the football society. 

“I care a lot about developing people and places that don’t have a lot of opportunities because that is the background I come from. When Samuel pitched the idea to me, I bought in immediately,” he said.

Frimpong's investment follows that of other football players, demonstrating their interest in and awareness of the vital need for technology.

A group led by Janngo Capital and three French football players — Aurelien Tchouameni, Jules Kounde, and Mike Maignan — who play for Real Madrid, Barcelona, and AC Milan, respectively, raised $3 million for the Ivory Coast-based StarNews Mobile, a mobile video network. 

Remoteli plans to continue bootstrapping and raising minimal funds to enhance and harness organic growth. 

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