LAfrica’s biggest innovation hub, Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), has started “The Edtech Fellowship Program,” a $15 million accelerator program. A statement from the company says that it will back and help 72 startups in Nigeria and Kenya for the next three years.
The program’s goal is to increase the impact of edtech startups and help founders who use technology to improve learning in an education sector with many problems.
This report says that about 98 million children and young people don’t attend school in the sub-Saharan region. This is where most children don’t go to school. Even for people in school, the quality of education is terrible. This makes teaching a good place for edtech startups to grow in the region.
The fellowship program will focus on startups in Nigeria and Kenya, two of the continent’s biggest edtech markets. It will pay for solutions beyond tutorial apps and platforms focusing on rote learning. The program will also give startups access to $100,000 in startup capital to use during the program.
The company wants to help edtech startups by giving them access to shared resources like a product development team, government relations team, pedagogy and learning science team, portfolio management team, communication team, instructional design team, and community building team.
CcHUB has worked on several edtech projects and backed both successful and unsuccessful edtech startups in the past, so, hopefully, these kinds of solutions will be found in the K-12, higher education, and skills-to-jobs markets.