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SA edtech incubatorr Injini has announced the names of six Afrjcan startups selected for its fourth cohort, which kicks off on 23 March.
In an announcement yesterday the incubator said the six were selected from over 500 applicants from 37 African countries.
In all, almost 60% of applications came from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.
This year about 25% of the total applications were from female-led startups, which Injini said was a “welcome improvement” from the 20% it saw last year.
The six edtech startups were selected by Injini from out of over 500 applicants
The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) incubator runs the programme in partnership with the UBS Optimus Foundation, the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
Ventures accepted into the programme will each get access to R100 000 in grant funding. The funding will be dispersed in three tranches over the duration of the programme, contingent on the company’s ability to meet pre-defined performance and participation expectations.
The ventures will also be eligible for follow-on equity investment from Injini of up to R1-million.
The six edtech startups selected to join the fourth cohort of the five-month programme are:
1 Million Teachers (Nigeria): The startup offers a blended learning solution for teacher professional development developed in Nigeria and running programmes in 11 African countries.
Ambani Africa (South Africa): This startup has a gamified early childhood development (ECD) educational application for learning in African languages
Lumen Labs (Kenya): This project-based learning solution aims to enhance Kenyan learners’ critical thinking and digital literacy skills
Mosabi (Sierra Leone): This mobile financial literacy application leverages data analytics to drive financial inclusion
Roundafire (South Africa): A solution that offers a library of interactive e-storybooks in African languages to promote a culture of mother-tongue literacy during early childhood development.
Smartix Education (Ghana): This startup has developed a learning platform with the aim to incorporate digital teaching aids in the classroom.
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