Six African ed-tech start-ups have made the list of winners selected for the fourth edition of Injini Incubator programme based in Cape Town, South Africa, which avail the winners with the opportunity of having access to unparalleled advisory services and a whopping $6,800 (equivalent to ZAR100,000) grant funding.
The prominent and specialised ed-tech incubator of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Injini, collaborates with the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS), the UBS Optimus Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
Injini gives ZAR100,000 in grant funding to each of the selected start-ups and the money will be paid in three tranches throughout the incubation programme, and it is dependent on the ability of the selected ventures to meet up with the pre-defined performance and participation expectations. If any of the chosen start-ups beat expectation and perform excellently, it is eligible to receive another follow-on equity investment that could be up to $68,000 (ZAR 1 Million).
Besides, the selected ventures have the opportunity to participate in high-quality business workshops, one-on-one discussion with seasoned business experts, engage with the Injini team, and benefit from the highly resourceful Injini’s network of mentors and business coaches in business and ed-tech. Additionally, the selected winners will receive tonnes of fact-laden customised researches and data insights that are prepared to strengthen business growth and predict the wave of the economy.
The selected start-ups comprise the duo of the South Africa-based Ambani and Roundafire, the Kenyan Lumen Labs, Smartix Education from Ghana, 1 Million Teachers from Nigeria, and the Sierra Leone-based Mosabi.
Brief profiles of the selected ventures
Founded by Mukundi Lambani, the South African Ambani leverages on augmented reality to foster the learning processes of African languages by people, especially by those that feel that their children ought to understand their local languages. Ambani has some sets of cards that pop up animals (virtual but look real) and pronounces its name. Although Ambani Africa application currently teaches isiZulu, it aims to teach Tshivenda, Kiswahili, Igbo, Setswana, and Shona very soon.
Roundafire is a South African electronic platform that houses thousands of interactive storybooks in different languages. It is presently available on iPads but will be available on other operating systems too very soon. Its storybooks contain pictures, comics, and cartoons that make the stories exciting and easy to understand.
The Kenyan Lumen Labs prides itself in providing quality computer education to students in the nooks and crannies of Kenya. It equips them with digital literacy skills and challenges them to be critical thinkers.
Smartix Education is a Ghana-based initiative that aims at reinventing education in the country. Many people see Mathematics and other science-related courses as difficult; Smartix makes use of day-to-day activities, puzzles, interactive books, and hands-on practical classes to tackle this problem.
The Nigeria-based 1 Million Teachers Initiative trains young teachers and equip them with the state-of-the-art teaching skills needed in passing messages across to students with 100 per cent clarity. It also prepares them to be exemplary leaders whom the students will learn from, one way or the other.
Mosabi is a fascinating initiative based in Sierra Leone. What it does is to provide business and enterprise knowledge to the populace via its platform and link them through credit scoring with financial institutions that will provide zero or low-interest loan to the participants.
Conclusively, the Injini programme will start on March 23, 2020. We felicitate with the winners and hope they make judicious use of this opportunity.