Edtech startup Kezakoo secures US$221,000 to complete and enrich its range of products

MOROCCO – Kezakoo, a Casablanca-based edtech startup specialized in tutoring, has completed its first round of financing of 2 million dirhams (US$221,000) to complete and enrich the range of products which it currently offers for the benefit of all high school students in Morocco. The investment was from investment company Witamax One, which was jointly created by the Morocco-based investment firms Southbridge A&I and AXXAM Family Office. The funding will also assist the startup to support its organizational development efforts. Launched in 2019 by the engineering duo Youssef Ghalem and…

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Edtech startup Gradely launches virtual app for real-time data and feedback

NIGERIA – Gradely, an edtech startup, has launched its virtual application that will provide real-time data and feedback, in an effort aimed at bridging the gap created by the Covid-19 pandemic in the education sector. The launch is in line with necessary government education schemes in entrenching and deepening the usage of technology in Nigerian schools. Speaking at the programme, held in Lagos, the State Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, noted that Covid-19 hastened what they were doing and thinking about as technology created the new normal. She said…

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E-commerce group Naspers invests US$2.9m in online learning platform, The Student Hub

SOUTH AFRICA – Naspers, the South African e-commerce group, has announced an investment of US$2.9 million in online learning platform, The Student Hub. The Student Hub platform helps TVET colleges to overcome physical infrastructure constraints and improves students’ access to vocational education and training. The investment coincides with the South Africa Investment Conference 2020 where Naspers is a lead partner. Naspers said it was on track with an original US$293 million investment commitment in growing South Africa’s tech sector. Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, South Africa chief executive of Naspers said, “The work…

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Nigeria’s Edtech startup uLesson raises US$3m to fund launch in West Africa

NIGERIA – Nigerian edtech learning platform uLesson has closed a $3.1-million seed round led by London headquartered TLcom Capital. The seed round will enable the edtech startup to launch its product in West Africa. uLesson also intends to use the funding to develop educational content and a specialised product for the East African market. The investment deal will see Ido Sum and Omobola Johnson — who are both partners in TLcom’s executive team — join the uLesson board alongside former Konga CEO Shola Adekoya. Sum, commenting on the deal, said…

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