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  • Kickstart Accelerator back for third edition with new programme structure

    Zurich-based accelerator programme Kickstart Accelerator has opened applications for the third edition of its programme, which this year will take on a new programme structure. The Swiss accelerator focuses on later-stage tech startups with solutions in deep technologies -- science and engineering driven tech like artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain -- as well as in areas like edtech, fintech and smart cities. The programme also aims to initiate successful partnerships and pilot projects between selected startups and Kickstart's partner companies and institutions. Kickstart co-lead Katka Letzing said in a statement today that the accelerator's first two programmes had resulted in 30 proof-of-concepts and collaborations. In...

  • Injini winds up African tour a week before application deadline for second cohort

    With just under a week left until applications for Injini's second cohort close, the edtech incubator was expected to yesterday wind up a three-week African tour in Cape Town. The tour saw members of Injini's team hold events in Lagos, Accra, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Abidjan and Kampala. "We wanted to get a sense of the ecosystem around the continent," Injini co-founder Jamie Martin (pictured above, far right at the Lagos event during the tour) said in a phone call yesterday, speaking ahead of the tour's last event held in Cape Town. "There's a feeling on the continent that education is broken and we...

  • Edtech incubator Injini opens applications for second cohort

    Cape Town-based edtech incubator Injini has opened applications for its second cohort. It is looking for eight edtech innovations from across the continent to participate in Injini's five-month incubation programme it announced in a press release. The second cohort is set to run from July until December, interested innovators have until 3 April to apply. In a bid to drive applications and meet edtech entrepreneurs from around the continent, Injini will hold events across six African cities, with the first event to be held next week Tuesday (6 March) in Lagos, Nigeria. The other events will be held in Accra (13 March), Nairobi...

  • Kenyan startup M-Shule wins second place at Global Edtech Startup Awards

    Nairobi-based elearning platform M-Shule last night clinched the runner up spot at the 2017 Global Edtech Startup Awards (GESA) held in London. M-Shule was one of 15 finalists that took part in the final event which culminated in Japanese startup Arcterus taking top honours. Indian platform MentorMind won third place. M-Shule's platform makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) and SMS to deliver personalised, accessible education to primary school students across Africa. "We were honoured to win first runner-up in the GES Awards last night and promote African edtech to the world!" M-Shule CEO and founder Claire Mongeau said in an email. Mongeau said at the end of the awards, one of...

  • Healthtech accelerator Digital Health Cape Town opens call for applications

    Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT), a new healthtech accelerator set to launch at the end of January next year, has opened applications to its accelerator programme. In a press release sent to Ventureburn today, the accelerator stated that its accelerator programme aims to develop and scale local healthtech innovations into sustainable businesses. Applications to the programme are open to established healthtech startups that develop solutions around patient engagement, care coordination, population health, clinical decision support and behavioural health. Interested startups have until 5 December to apply, with the first cohort members to be selected by a panel that will include representatives of the Technology Innovation Agency...

  • Edtech incubator Injini launches, unveils the eight tech startups in its first cohort

    Injini, a Cape Town-based edtech incubator, officially launched last night (10 October) and unveiled the eight startups that have been selected to join its first cohort. Eight startups from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan and Tanzania pitched at the event, held in Cape Town. The eight startups are Accelerated, Early Bird, M-Shule, Mtabe, Syafunda, Uthini, Yo' Books and Zelda. Speaking at the launch, Injini co-founder Jamie Martin lamented the state of education in South Africa and on the continent. Martin said 30-million children across Africa were out of school, with half of them never having attended school. "The fierce urgency of that demographic...

  • Edtech incubator Injini selects 8 startups from across Africa for 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 co-founder and CEO Jamie Martin (pictured above) told Ventureburn yesterday said the startups were selected following a pitch event on 8 September. He added that the names of the startups would only be unveiled after the startups have signed contracts on 10 October, at a launch event which will take place at the University of Cape Town. The six-month incubation programme begins on...

  • 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...

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