Africa to Silicon Valley

A2SV upskills high-potential university students, connects them with opportunities at top tech companies around the world, and creates digital solutions to urgent problems in their home countries. The program is free for students, making the opportunity available for youth who have talent but lack the means to use it.

Who We Are

Emre Varol, a former competitive programmer and Google Research, Palantir, Liftoff software/ML engineer launched A2SV in Ethiopia through a partnership with Addis Ababa University in October 2019. Currently, A2SV has a team of more than 40 members participating in its education and project development efforts.

Our Belief

The world is yet to see that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. That is why we want to provide quality education in underdeveloped areas.

360° Training

A2SV upskills students with a 360° software engineering program that focuses on problem-solving, effective speaking, and personal development.

Internship Interviews

Students have internship and full-time software engineering interviews with top tech companies such as Google and LinkedIn.

Social Projects

Students work on social projects with industry experts to address the most pressing problems in their community.


Students who passed their interviews get 3-month internships to gain experience in building scalable products that are widely used around the world.


A2SV was founded in Ethiopia.

November, 2019

We formed partnerships with Google, Palantir and Coinbase.

February, 2020

27% of our first group of trainees passed Google internship interviews after 3 months of training.

March, 2020

Our students created a COVID-19 tracking app - TrackSym - for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health.

October, 2020

We started second group training with 35 new students.

December, 2020

59% of our first group of trainees passed Google internship interviews after the second round of training.

January, 2021

3 of our first group members got internship offers from Google.

April, 2021

We formed interview partnerships with Google, LinkedIn, Palantir, Databricks, and InstaDeep.

October, 2021

We expanded to a second university in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa Science and Technology University) and started training 3 new groups of 100+ students both in AASTU and AAU.

December, 2021

All 3 A2SV students who did internships at Google received and signed full-time software engineering offers with Google.

January, 2022
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Google Internship Interviews Acceptance Rate Comparison
A2SV students are 30 times more likely to pass Google internship interviews than average candidates.

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