Digital Frontiers Institute turns five, launches a new company direction and announces the incorporation of the Gateway Academy

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This July marks five years since Arjuna Costa at Omidyar saw something in David, Ignacio and I wanting to solve for the human capital gaps preventing global development initiatives from reaching their true potential. Omidyar seeded our start-up and led the charge to bring in funding from MasterCard Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Financial Sector Deepening Africa, and additional rounds from Omidyar, to prove and later scale our business. We partnered with the Fletcher School at TUFTS University, who trusted us with their brand and supported our academic rigour while coaching our students. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors offered to house us for our first three years while we proved viable enough to go-it-alone as an independent social enterprise. We opened a tiny one-room office in Cape Town and employed our first two colleagues, Debra Roodt and Joan Snyman, who went on to establish the foundations that make us who we are today. We were joined by class coaches and community of practice facilitators from over a dozen countries who all leant in to build Digital Frontiers, and an incredible team that brought it all together.

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