Italian-based Mobilspazio to partner with Takoradi Technical University

GHANA – Mobilspazio, an Italian-based Manufacturing company, has expressed its readiness to partner the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) to market and franchise products in their Carpentry and Wood Department to create employment opportunities for the youth as they graduate. The move, forms part of measures by the international wood processing and general home appliances company, to equip the youth with the relevant skills to design finished products of international standards in a competitive globalized economy. Country Director for Mobilspazio Production and Manufacturing company, Mr. Patrick Ekye- Kwesie, in an interview…

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Fintech e4 launches Girls in STEM program

SOUTH AFRICA – Fintech specialist e4 has launched a Girls in STEM programme to provide girls in underprivileged areas with the support they need to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) post matric. Cognisant of the gender imbalance present in the science and technology industries worldwide, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, e4 approached Melisizwe Computer Lab Project, a non-profit that provides schools in need with computer labs and IT skills training, for help with this initiative, with the end goal of uplifting underprivileged female youth and addressing…

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The University of Ghana launches innovation and entrepreneurship programme

GHANA – The University of Ghana’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme (UGIEP) has been commissioned by the Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, to help students and young entrepreneurs add value to their products and services. The UG Startup Challenge, the UG Incubator, the UG Venture Accelerator, the UG Venture Fund, and the UG Alumni Angel Investor Network are the five pillars that will help the programme achieve its goal. The UGIEP is a non-academic initiative run by the Vice-Office Chancellor’s that aims to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and…

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Edutainment startup Jeel Platform raises US$1.2m seed round to strengthening its technical capabilities

EGYPT – Jeel Platform, a promising edutainment startup, has finished a seed funding round with a US$1.2 million seed fund from Kuwaiti and Jordanian angel investors, besides acquiring high-quality animation series, songs, and games to be added to its library. The company plans to use the seed fund in strengthening its technical capabilities, offering more services and content, and expanding its team. The platform, which was founded in the United States by Ahmed Sobaih in 2019 and has offices in Riyadh and Cairo. Jeel Platform is an edutainment digital platform…

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Esri partners Ibn Zohr University for development of new technologies

MOROCCO – Esri, the global player in location intelligence, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco. The agreement enables the university to use Esri solutions in the development of new technologies for monitoring desertification, climate change, sustainable development goal progress, oceanography, mining, architecture, and urbanization. The MOU was announced by Bendou, along with Hassan Moussaria, CEO of Geomatic Group, the Moroccan distributor that represented Esri in the agreement. “The goal of this new collaboration is to foster a good quality of education,…

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Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design secures investment from Oasis Capital Ghana

GHANA – Oasis Capital Ghana, managers of the Oasis Africa VC Fund (OAF), has announced its investment in Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design (JACCD) to enable the school to expand its facilities with a modern campus as well as expand its degree and professional programs to include many creative disciplines targeted at the young African creative. JACCD is the leading design university college established by storied Ghanaian fashion designer Joyce Ababio. It offers tertiary and professional training in fashion and graphic design among other creative disciplines and operates in…

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Startup Ed Partners Africa raises US$1.9m funding round to support private schools in Kenya

KENYA – Startup Ed Partners Africa, a non-banking financial institution serving affordable private schools, has raised US$1.9 million in funding as it bids to improve the quality of education received by learners from low-income communities. Founded in 2018 by Lydia Koros and David FitzHerbert to improve access to affordable, quality education in Africa, Ed Partners provides loans to affordable private schools by bringing access to formal credit to their doorstep.  So far, the company has cumulatively disbursed US$1.5 million to 142 schools reaching out to 41,000 students and now plans to scale…

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South African edtech HyperionDev raises US$3.54m for expansion into new markets

SOUTH AFRICA – Education technology specialist HyperionDev has secured more than US$3.54 million in funding, some through private investments and some through public crowdfunding. The fundraising round, which took place in March 2021, will help the company, which runs coding bootcamps, to expand into new markets, including the UK and the US. The edtech will also provide US$247,836 in scholarships for students in need. “This combined funding strategy attracted over 1,500 investors from more than 20 countries, culminating in one of the largest-ever edtech series-A fundraises in Africa,” the company…

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Nexford University completes US$10.8m Pre-Series A funding round led by Global Ventures

NIGERIA – Nexford University, a next-generation online university based in Washington D.C. and with offices in Nigeria, has announced the successful completion of a US$10.8 million Pre-Series A funding round led by Global Ventures, the UAE-based venture capital firm. Participating investors included Future Africa’s new thematic fund focused on education, which is led by Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the co-founder of Flutterwave and Andela, plus angel investors, family offices and VCs from 10 countries including the US, UK, France, Dubai, Switzerland, Qatar, Nigeria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The global investor base reflects…

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Ed tech firms join forces to raise STEAM as they focus on the growth of Nigerian economy

NIGERIA – Education Technology firms in Nigeria have joined forces to raise the bar of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) education in the country to enhance multi sectoral development. The firms, 9ijakids, Edufun Technik and STEM-METS which believe in catching them young assembled over 1300 children between ages 7 to 13, both within and outside the country to engage them in practical and theory lessons on STEAM subjects, tagged ‘Children’s Day STEAM Fun Fest’. According to the organisers, the initiative was thought of given the significance of STEAM…

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