170 cybersecurity trainees graduate from USIU Cyber Shujaa program

KENYA – The first cohort of 170 trainees has graduated from the Cyber Shujaa program run by the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in partnership with Kenya Bankers Association and Serianu Limited. The program is funded by the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) and it seeks to address existing gaps within the ICT and Cybersecurity sector in Africa. This…

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Ecommerce company QNET launches first African training centre in Ghana

GHANA – QNET, an e-commerce based direct selling company, has established its first-ever training centre in the Sub-Saharan Africa region in collaboration with Botsumtwi Limited. Located in East Legon, Accra, this new training centre will see the company bringing world-class training workshops and educational programmes for its community of distributors to participate in to enhance their management skills, increase business…

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Edtech startup Kukua raises US$6m in Series A round to establish its content

KENYA – Kukua, a Nairobi-based educational entertainment startup, which is the creator of the cartoon superhero brand Super Sema, has raised US$6 million in a Series A round. The round was sponsored by Tencent Investments and Italy-based VC Alchimia. Other investors in the round include EchoVC, FirstMinute Capital, and Auxxo Female Catalyst. Kukua says the financing will help it continue…

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Edtech Moringa School secures pre-Seed investment from Proparco

KENYA – Moringa School, an intensive tech education program, has received an investment from Proparco to support its expansion outside Kenya. Moringa has been training high school/university graduates to be software engineers and data scientists for the past 7 years in Kenya and has trained over 4,000 students with an employment rate of over 85%. The investment from Proparco will…

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Edtech startup Kibo School raises US$2m seed fund to launch degree program

NIGERIA – Kibo School, an online school that is set to offer several STEM degree programs targeted at students in Africa, has secured US$2 million seed funding led by Neo, a VC firm by the co-founder of Code.org. Future Africa, Pledges, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Transcend Network and several angel investors also participated in the round. The new funding brings the…

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Private education group Advtech raises stake in Makini Schools to 94%

KENYA – South African private education group Advtech has raised its stake in Makini Schools to 94 percent from 90 percent previously and introduced the Cambridge International Curriculum to complement the local syllabus. The firm has progressively raised its direct and indirect stake in the school, which currently operates seven facilities in Nairobi and Kisumu. Advtech, which disclosed the higher…

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Edtech startup GOMYCODE US$8m Series A funding from AfricInvest to help it expand

TUNISIA – GOMYCODE, a Tunisian edtech startup, has announced the completion of a US$8 million Series A financing. The early-growth round was co-led by AfricInvest, through its Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund (CAIF), and Proparco, a French-based development finance firm. GOMYCODE’s total funding now stands at US$8.85 million. In October 2020, it raised US$850,000 in startup funding. Wamda Capital, one of…

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Enko Education secures US$5.8m Series B round to accelerate its growth

SOUTH AFRICA – Enko Education, a network of African international schools, has announced the closing of its US$5.8 million Series B round. The project is led by Adiwale Partners and followed by the Steyn Capital family office as well as existing institutional investors Proparco, Investisseurs et Partenaires and Liquid Africa, and prominent figures in international education and entrepreneurship in Africa.…

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Huawei launches academy ambassador program to empower youth into digital future

EGYPT – Huawei Technologies, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, has launched “Huawei Ambassadors program,” to empower young people into digital future. The program aims to build up ICT talents to become Huawei’s ambassadors, sharing acquired knowledge and raising awareness among their peers about Huawei’s activities and training programs inside and outside…

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Edtech startup Foondamate receives US$2m seed funding to increase its app usage

SOUTH AFRICA – FoondaMate, a South African edtech startup, has received US$2 million seed funding in a round led by LocalGlobe, the UK-based venture capital firm, to increase usage of its Whatsapp and Facebook-based learning chatbot throughout the globe. In addition to LocalGlobe, the round had the involvement of Emerge Education, Odunayo Eweniyi via FirstCheckAfrica, Iyin Aboyeji via Future Africa,…

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