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All posts tagged "edtech"

  • Edtech incubator Injini selects eight startups from across Africa to join first cohort

    African incubator Injini -- which claims to be the continent's first ever edtech incubator -- has selected eight startups from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and South Sudan to join its first cohort which will kick off on 9 October in Cape Town. Injini founder and CEO Jamie Martin (pictured above) told Ventureburn yesterday said the names of the startups were selected following a pitch event on 8 September and would be unveiled on 10 October at a launch event, which will take place at the University of Cape Town. The six-month incubation programme begins on 9 October and each of the eight startups will get up to...

  • Kenyan startup M-Shule gets investment from Engineers Without Borders

    Canadian seed-stage investor Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) yesterday announced a cash investment worth $40 000 in Kenyan edtech startup M-Shule. M-Shule is an SMS and web-based learning management platform which makes use of artificial intelligence to design tailored learning experiences. It was designed to handle 144 million primary school students across Sub-Saharan Africa and was launched in January in Nairobi, Kenya by Claire Mongeau. In an email interview with Ventureburn, Mongeau said although they currently operate in Kenya, they intended to expand into East Africa by 2019 and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in subsequent years. "We are excited and thrilled to work...

  • Jamie Martin on Edtech and the EdTech Open Innovation Cluster

    Tech hub, CiTi recently launched the first EdTech Open Innovation Cluster and incubator in Africa. Ventureburn had the opportunity to sit down with the initiative's lead, Jamie Martin, to discuss his thoughts behind the accelerator as well as edtech in general. "I really believe that the developing world, in particular Africa, is firstly the place that edtech can make the most impact and is also the place where I think it's going to be the most innovative. Secondly, I think that particularly in SA there is a unique combination, I call it 'first world infrastructure, third world problems'." He further explained that data...

  • Hyperion Development receives R3.2m in funding from Facebook

    Online course platform Hyperion Development has secured US$230 000 (R3.27-million) in funding from Facebook. The amount was rewarded as a result of the startup winning the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in the Education division. "The award will allow us to scale our offerings more rapidly and internationally, accelerating the growth of what is already a profitable and socially impactful business. We’re excited to work with Facebook and Internet.org to make software development education and careers open to all," says the founder and director of Hyperion Development, Riaz Moola, in a press release to Ventureburn. The startup focuses on offering part-time, online courses for a range of programming skills, such as website development and...

  • Siyavula, the edtech startup enabling learners through feature phones [updated]

    Update: Facts and quotes have been amended. Our apologies to Mark Horner and Siyavula for the errors. Education has been preached about as the way to a better life, "get good grades, go to a good school, then off to a better university where you'll get a degree and make lots of money". In our country, it's especially hard to follow that path. According to the 2014 education statistics, 28.3% of learners who passed their matric exam only qualified for a Bachelor's programme, 31.3% qualified for a Diploma programme and 16.1% qualified for a Higher Certificate programme. These stats prove why more...

  • This crowdsourced phrasebook app wants to help South Africans understand each other

    South Africa, like our ever globalising world, is made up of a really diverse bunch. It's colourful but often messy. This is where Aweza steps in. It's a novel app that wants to help people better communicate and understand each other. Developed in Cape Town, Aweza is a phrasebook app which essentially pairs pictures with common phrases. It relies on crowdsourcing and gamification techniques to ensure correct pronunciations of South Africa's 11 languages. Pretty cool, right? But for the guys currently behind this project -- Glen Stein, Jeanne Fourie and Farrel Strul -- it's more than an educational product. It's about...

  • Are elearning startups Nigeria’s best hope for a new wave of innovation?

    This week, Lagos will host its third annual Social Media Week. Last year, it featured a Battlefield startup competition that was won by educational portal PrepClass. The startup was also named one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Africa for 2014 by FastCompany. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago one of Nigeria’s major telecoms companies, Airtel, announced the winners of its Catapult A Startup competition. One of them is Pass.ng, an online exams preparatory platform that helps students prepare for Nigeria's most important university admission and JAMB examinations, among others. The startup won one million Nigerian Naira (about US$5...

  • Via Afrika partners with Tabtor for personalised math programme in SA

    Via Afrika Publishers has partnered with the tablet-based learning solution Tabtor, to bring world-class learning techniques in math to young South African students. Tabtor's groundbreaking concept that provides powerful student level Point-of-Learning Analytics along with time stamped Proficiency Matrix to teachers has attracted widespread adoption among consumers as well as media attention in the US because it delivers results. Via Afrika has been around for a while as a mover in the education space though have only recently moved onto the digital space. Part of major local publisher Media24, its tutoring technology is available on both iOS and Android devices. Read more:...

  • Snapplify’s innovative ebook distribution hub wins FutureBook Award

    South African ebook distributor Snapplify is really making a name for itself locally and abroad. The latest affirmation of its vision going forward is an award it recently won for its innovative ebook distribution tech -- the SnappBox. At the FutureBook Awards, Snapplify won the Tech Innovation category for its ebook hardware distribution solution SnappBox . SnappBox is a hardware distribution solution for ebooks which enables users to access digital reading material via their intranet as opposed to downloading individually via the internet. This method is said to be most effective for larger institutions such as schools and universities. Read more: SnappBox...

  • SA’s edtech startup Brighter Futures offers online math tuition for R50

    South Africa's elearning startup space is growing bigger (and brighter) by the day. Recently launched online tutoring service Brighter Futures joins the race to quell the country's ever pressing education issues. In 2013, the Department of Basic Education reported that only 26.1% of candidates who sat for the mathematics matric result achieved a pass mark of 50% and above. This fueled a chant that all South Africans have come to know too well. The education system is in crisis, it goes, and then further, we demand government to do something about it. And that is the end of it. Very...