Edutech startups provide a way in which education and technology can be combined to teach people through various digital means.
In Africa, there are many impressive edutech firms that have provided mobile applications, digital platforms and other tech solutions to issues that were previously unsolved.
These startups bring education to the people of Africa and allow for better access through m-learning and e-learning.
Here are 10 African edutech startups worth taking note of.
Prepclass is a Nigerian e-learning platform that uses the latest web technologies to ensure that relevant local content such as past test questions, class notes; interactive audio and videos are available to learners at various school and college levels on demand via digital devices.
Kenyan edutech startup M-Shule is a platform that makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) and text messaging to deliver personalised, accessible education to primary school students across Africa.
The biggest South African tech startup investment of 2017 involved Cape Town-based edtech startup, GetSmarter. The company announced that it been acquired by U.S. firm 2U in a deal worth $103 million, with the agreement potentially including an earn-out provision of up to $20 million in cash. GetSmarter provides provides certified online short courses in partnership with leading global education institutions.
Female-founded edutech startup Afroes Transformational Games builds mobile game-based learning platforms in South Africa and Kenya. The company has been instrumental in tapping into the potential for M-learning in Africa.
Rekindle Learning is a learning technology company that uses computers and mobile internet devices to help overcome inefficiencies, socio-economic barriers and weak infrastructure in educating people. South African Rapelang Rabana, a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and popular keynote speaker, is the founder.
Ubongo is a startup from Tanzania which encourages problem solving activities. This is done through an educational cartoon broadcast daily on national TV. Children use mobile phones to answer multiple choice questions through free text messages and receive feedback on their performance.
Launched in April 2015, The Student Hub is a Cape Town-based edtech company that provides smart education technology to educational institutions, students and government in order to reduce the cost of education, make education accessible to the masses and increase student success rates.
Nigerian online tutoring network Tuteria links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budgets, enabling cost-effective education through innovation. Users are able to find tutors within their budget and location to teach them a variety of skills, from playing the piano or sewing clothes to more academic pursuits. The startup won the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation at an event held in Nairobi in May 2017.
Education-tech startup Edves works to automate school processes and make teaching more efficient through technology. Over 270 schools in Nigeria already use the startup to improve the quality of their education in a variety of ways.
Commonground is a Zimbabwean peer-networking mobile application that allows university students to share projects, ideas, and opportunities for the benefit of all involved, advancing learning and building a sense of student community.