Scaler Interview: SmartNinja

Primally scaling in: Austria

Field of work: Employment, Education and learning

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Miha Fabjan, CEO of SmartNinja, an organisation aiming to help people discover and grow their talents in the IT field.

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The SmartNinja team at Impact Hub Vienna. From left to right: Larisa Stanescu – Support Ninja, Eva Krizsanits – Support Ninja, Matej Ramuta – CTO and Miha Fabjan – CEO.

What is your enterprise about?

SmartNinja is an IT education company. We believe that within the each of us lay hidden talents that are often neglected by the formal educational system. SmartNinja’s mission is to help people discover and grow their talents in the IT field. Skills that will help them find a job ­or even create a new one!

What is the story behind its creation?

It all started about 3 years ago in Slovenia when both founders worked in a non­profit organization called StartUP Novo mesto. StartUP Novo mestos mission was to build a community of entrepreneurs and help them develop their ideas. After a while we saw that there are a lot of people who have ideas but struggle to make them a reality. So at that time Matej (co­founder of SmartNinja) started doing one on one sessions and helped people make first steps in to coding world. With more and more demand for the IT market Miha and Matej decided to fully focus on SmartNinja and this is how the SmartNinja officially started. We founded company in February 2015 and in a first year had more that 300 students attending our classes. In the beginning of 2016 SmartNinja funded SmartNinja Austria and entered Impact Hub Scaling program.

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What is the social impact of your venture?

European Commission recently announced that there will be a lack of almost one million developers in the EU by 2020. On the other hand unemployment rate among young people in the EU is 20­25 %. SmartNinja is solving the gap between the supply and demand in the IT job market. We have developed innovative and effective IT courses and provided a tool (web application) for IT companies to browse and find their ideal IT job candidate. Our mission is to fill those empty job positions.

What are you goals and targets for the future (1 year & 5 years)

Our impact is directly measurable with the number of employed students. We believe than in the next year our company can directly affect 1000 people and in the next 5 years up to 10.000 people.

What do you want to achieve by being part of Impact Hub Scaling?

We want to deliver our great courses to as many people as possible. We believe Impact Hub Scaling is a way to help us do it!

How has Impact Hub Scaling helped you so far?

Impact Hub Scaling helped us with a lot of stuff. Opening a company in Austria, marketing and PR tips, promotions and interesting workshops will follow in the next months. Team from the Impact Hub is really great. Helps us with every situation we face. It’s great to have someone to count on in situations like this.

Describe Impact Hub Scaling in 1 sentence.

The best way to Scale you social enterprise!

A random fact about your venture that everybody should know.

Why is our name SmartNinja? Ninjas have skills and can handle every situations. Also with our courses we make you smart. So attend our course and become SmartNinja!

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More can be found on SmartNinja Scaler page, their website or their Facebook/Twitter
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