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Meet the eight African edtech startups in Injini’s third cohort

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Cape Town based edtech incubator Injini yesterday held a launch event where it introduced the eight African startups in its third cohort.

The eight startups are from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa,Tanzania and Zambia.

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During the four-month programme, the eight will receive support from industry experts and business mentors.

Each of the eight startups will receive grants of up to R100 000

Tech publication Disrupt Africa reported in an article on Monday (3 June) that each of the startups will receive grant funding of R100 000 from the incubator, while Injini will also make equity investments of up to R1-million in the most promising startups.

The eight startups selected are:

Zaio: Cape Town based Zaio gamifies learning for software development through coding challenges and practical experience to ultimately allow users to gain real world skills which will enable them to get jobs. The startup was founded in 2017 by Akhil Boddu, Mvelo Hlophe and Thando Hlongwane.

Traindemy: This Lagos-based platform helps users acquire vocational and technical skills through online classes and offline practice opportunities. Traindemy was founded last year by CEO Uyi Vincent Edigin and CTO Aniwura Tijani.

Otrac: Abuja-based Otrac is an e-learning solution that supports continuing medical education for healthcare practitioners. The edtech was founded in 2017 by CEO Farida Kabir.

Agricomm Media: Helps emerging farmers improve their productivity by connecting them to online agricultural training. The Lusaka-based startup was founded in 2015 by Daliso Chitundu.

MyJob Pass: MyJob Pass is a Dar es Salaam based digital platform that upskills students and graduates with in-demand skills as well as helps them build on-the-job experience in preparation for entry level jobs. The startup was founded in 2017 by Cynthia Bavo.

Quillo: This Cape Town based digital marketplace makes it easier, safer and cheaper to buy and sell textbooks. Quillo was founded last year by Tamir Shklaz.

Swaiba: Kenya’s Swaiba explores ways to supercharge student and industry engagement through university departments and career services.

Smartzed: Lusaka-based Smartzed is a computer-based and online adaptive learning tool for mathematics, science and reading. The startup was founded last year by Annaniah Sakala.

Editor’s note (6 June 2019): Zaio COO Akhil Boddu subsequently contacted Ventureburn and clarified that the startup was in fact founded in 2017 by himself, Mvelo Hlophe and Thando Hlongwane. Harjot Singh and Mahomed Asif Yousuf Hassam who were in an earlier version of the article listed as the startup’s founders only joined Zaio last year along with Ntuthuko Mpaku as partners.

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