2020 ConsenSys Academy Scholarship Winners - Technology Graduates from Haiti and South Africa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2nd,2020

Alexandra Fouchard



London, United Kingdom, September 2nd, 2020: ConsenSys Academy (https://consensys.net/academy/) has globally awarded 100 minority scholarships including 20 to young professionals in South Africa and Haiti. These young women from South Africa and Haiti are graduates of local technology institutions. The young women will be taking part in an intensive four-month virtual boot camp program with a focus on the development of applications using blockchain technology.

On September 1st, 2020, the ConsenSys (http://www.consensys.net/) flagship technical Blockchain Developer Online Bootcamp program (https://consensys.net/academy/bootcamp/) will provide learning tools and courses through multi-modal content, interactive exercises, assignments, and hands-on projects, live access to mentors and course creators, community-based peer support, and networking opportunities.

This amazing opportunity will not only be able to leverage the importance of blockchain technology, but also continue efforts towards creating sustainable systems and products with blockchain technology. The award for the South Africa and Haiti cohorts was coordinated in collaboration with AgriLedger (https://www.agriledger.io). The program will be supervised in Haiti by the founder and partner of the GECA group (http://www.gecahaiti.com), Johann Alexis Bounouni, and in South Africa by the founder of Pinion Search Partners, Claire Lockey, supported by other experts in the distributed ledger technology and mobile platform.

“ConsenSys is proud to support this initiative and the advancement of women. I am so excited to get to work with these talented developers as they learn to build decentralized applications,” said Tom Hay, Director, ConsenSys Academy.

“It is so great that ConsenSys Academy brings the best of the best together in an industry-standard, by sponsoring these women. It is such a great opportunity for me to be part of this venture. As a Technology Professional, I am thrilled and proud to mentor and coach these young ladies. I feel it as a responsibility and an obligation for me to pass on the knowledge that I have acquired over the years and enable these young women to break through and go further knowing that they have the support of other women like them,” said Johann Alexis Bounouni, Founder and CEO of GECA. (http://www.gecahaiti.com)

“These scholarships attract more women into the blockchain space and promote gender diversity linked to more sustainable products and higher returns. Win-Win!” said Thessy Mehrain, Co-Founder Liquality (https://liquality.io/) at ConsenSys, Founder ‘Women in Blockchain.’

“Building blockchain solutions in a community is very akin to drilling a water well. It is imperative to enable the community to maintain the new infrastructure. With the support of this award by Consensys, sustainability will be guarantee thru local knowledge.” said Genevieve Leveille, Founder, and CEO of AgriLeger (https://www.agriledger.io).

Gestion Etudes Comptabilite Audit - GECA

GECA, is a service and consulting firm founded by a group of dynamic Haitian women along with Haitian professionals and foreign partners, specializing in Management, Financial Advisory and Investigations, Accounting, and Auditing. http://www.gecahaiti.com

Pinion Search Partners

Pinion Search Partners is an experienced team of search consultants and researchers focusing on identifying strong talent within technology-driven industries for scale-up, established, and multinational enterprises with a focus on the African continent and globally.


AgriLedger is a Blockchain/DLT systems provider focused on agricultural supply chains. AgriLedger is collaborating with Haiti’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry to deliver a Distributed Ledger Technology pilot sponsored by the World Bank. The project went live in May 2020 allowing Haitian fruit farmers, customers, and families to reap the benefits of fairer prices and improved food security. (https://www.agriledger.io)

Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti - ESIH

Based in Port-Au-Prince Haiti, ESIH is a private higher education institution, where students are reinvigorated to develop ICT modules for rural and deprived communities including price training sessions. This institute also provides digital literacy program in the provinces in Haiti, giving additional training sessions to those not able to travel far. (http://esih.edu/)

Business 2 Blockchain

Business 2 Blockchain is a consulting firm for Companies in South Africa bringing their Blockchain Cloud & Software Solutions to Governments, Supply Chain, Industry, Business, and People. B2B looks to collaborate by fostering the sharing of ideas, being creative, and using talents to exchange information that could lead to successful long-term business relationships. (https://business2blockchain.com/)


ConsenSys is the leading Ethereum software company. We enable developers, enterprises, and people worldwide to build next-generation applications, launch modern financial infrastructure, and access the decentralized web. Our product suite, composed of Infura, Quorum, Codefi, MetaMask, and Diligence, serves millions of users, supports billions of blockchain-based queries for our clients, and has handled billions of dollars in digital assets. Ethereum is the largest programmable blockchain in the world, leading in business adoption, developer community, and DeFi activity. On this trusted, open-source foundation, we are building the digital economy of tomorrow. To explore our products and solutions, visit http://consensys.net/.

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About AgriLedger

Agriledger enables full end-to-end traceability of products, tracking of all related financial obligations, and facilitates the immediate distribution of payments to all parties. Led by Genevieve Leveille, Voted 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech, 2020. Top 100 BAME in Technology in UK, 2019. Collaborating with the Haiti Ministry of Commerce and the World Bank delivered a pilot addressing 740 mango and avocado producers. The start of service occurred on May 1st, 2020, during COVID-19 for 214 out of 456 (47%) registered mango producers. Delivered a technology-enabled cold chain logistics and payment services. 38,000 Kgs of mango shipped to the US with $27,000 USD direct income to producers (68% share of total sales). Producers netted income 7.5 times greater than available local market opportunities

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