Applications to take part in the fourth cohort of Africa’s first EdTech incubator and seed investment programme, Injini, have recently opened. Through the programme, selected African startups operating in the education sector will have the opportunity to access financial and bespoke advisory support from industry experts and skilled business mentors.
To date, 23 startups aiming to improve educational outcomes on the continent have taken part in the programme.
Cohort 3 participant, Mvelo Hlophe, who is the Founder and CEO of Zaio, shares that the programme helped his company shape their business model to make a real impact and taught them how to measure that impact, too. “We also met great mentors that continue to help us.” To startups considering applying, he says, “You should apply. The Injini team is committed to helping each startup and entrepreneur in the programme. The support within the programme will help take your business to the next level. Be sure to know what you want to achieve within the programme and focus on that throughout.” His company equips learners and job seekers with industry-relevant coding skills through a gamified learning journey and helps them gain practical experience and land jobs with businesses looking for junior developers.
“We are so proud of how far Mvelo and the other members of the previous cohorts have come, and we can’t wait to work with our next cohort,” says Krista Davidson, Head of Programmes and Operations at Injini.
Entrepreneurs from across the African continent interested in taking part in Cohort 4 must have registered companies with at least one full-time founder who is fluent in English and able to travel to South Africa during certain phases of the programme. Injini is looking for evidence-based solutions that address key problems in African education with at least a minimum viable product or prototype. Ideally, the founding teams will have had previous work experience, with some members having strong backgrounds in education and/or technology. More mature EdTech startups (e.g. post-revenue, solidified business models, beginning to scale) are also welcome to apply.
To apply, or for more information, go to https://www.injini.co.za.