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What We Do

We select a cohort of start-ups from across Africa every six months, invest in them and give them an ed-tech dedicated support programme to help them scale up across the continent.

Our Mission

We believe that education will be the great engine of Africa's future development. It will be local education innovations that help solve Africa's education problems and realise the huge potential for richer economies and stronger societies across the continent

Our Vision

To create EdTech specialist incubator programmes across Africa that ensure anyone with an idea that could raise education standards at scale - wherever, and whoever they are - has access to early stage investment and support.

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Our first programme - Cape Town, South Africa

Starting in October 2017, 8 start-ups from 5 countries from across Africa joined our programme in Cape Town. Partnering with the Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative, we deliver workshops, mentoring and networking as well as tech, research and other support.

Watch the Injini film here


Learn more about the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative here

Our Guiding Principles

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Africa leads, not follows

The greatest challenge & opportunity in EdTech lies in Africa - it will produce the greatest innovations

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Grassroots ideas, global impact

It will be teachers & entrepeneurs - not big bureaucracies - who realise technology’s potential in education

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Empower teachers, not replace them

We will help teachers deepen & widen impact, not try (and fail) to make them obsolete

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Agnostic on methods, religious on results

We should reject BAU & embrace new ideas, but firmly discard what does not work

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Our First Cohort

We recently selected our first cohort - 8 companies from 5 countries across Africa, with EdTech innovations across all education stages and a range of technologies. Click here to read more.



Their demo day will be on 3 May.

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Continuous teacher mentoring and learning inputs for engaging classrooms

ravi@accelerated.co

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Data analytics app for parents & ECD teachers to track child development

luke@earlybirdeducare.co.za

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Only adaptive learning platform for feature phones in Africa

claire@m-shule.com

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Offline search engine for students, powered by artificial intelligence

given@mtabeapp.com

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Audio & video Maths & Science lessons focused on low income communities

nzakheni@syafunda.co.za

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Language learning via chatbot & native speaker on whatsapp style platform

thomas@uthini.co.za

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Putting books on low tech devices & distributing them in hard to reach areas

yohanis.riek@yobooks-ss.com

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Platform matching students to most suitable University places/funding & jobs

dominic@zelda.org.za

Our Team

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Jamie Martin

Founder & CEO
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Ruth Hattersley

Head of Operations
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Michal Szymanski

Citi Head of Enterprise & Entrepreneur Development
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Doreen Nabaho

Head of Data Insights & Analytics
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Mimi Dedichen

Education Technology Research
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Riaz Moola

Chief Technology Advisor

Our Board

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Ian Merrington

CEO, CiTi
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Rob Paddock

Founder, GetSmarter
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Brendan Hughes

Founder, Infology & Qualified Attorney

Injini In The Media

Injini film

October 2017

Launch of Injini first Cohort

University of Cape Town, 10 October 2017

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Events

We run regular events across Africa aiming to bring together entrepreneurs, teachers and interested people to hear new edtech ideas and discuss how to take them forward in their community.

Our meet ups are a great way to hear new edtech ideas and meet other people interested in raising standards in education through technology. They are free to attend, and have attracted over 400 people.

To stay up-to-date with our events, please sign up for our newsletter here

Lagos - 6 March
Accra - 13 March
Nairobi - 14 March
Dar es Salaam - 19 March
Kampala - 26 March
Cape Town - 27 March
Abidjan - 29 March
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Our Mentors and Experts

Our specialist EdTech incubation programme is lead by people with a wealth of experience within education. They range across entrepreneurs, teachers, academics, technologists, investors and business leaders but are united by their passion for and expertise in education

See our list of experts here

Based on a model developed at Y combinator, a group of education entrepreneurs and leaders will be sharing their stories and expertise in an over dinner talk - an incredible opportunity for our cohort to learn from some of the most visionary and successful education leaders across Africa.

Dinner speakers confirmed to date

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Sam Paddock

Founder and CEO at GetSmarter
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Rob Paddock

Founder, GetSmarter
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Chinezi Chijioke

Founder, Nova Pioneer Schools
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Rapelang Rabana

Founder & CEO Rekindle Learning
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Godwin Khosa

CEO NECT & former CEO Jet Education
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Mark Horner

Founder, Siyavula
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Sihle Tshabalala

Founder, Quirky30
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Wesley Lynch

Founder, Snapplify
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Patrick Kayton

Founder, Cognician

Our Partners

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Get Smarter

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Cognician

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Siyavula

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Karri Payments

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EdRo

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Snapplify

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Top Dog Education

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Sea Monster

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Sifiso Edtech

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Mwabu

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Instill Education

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Quirky 30

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University of Cape Town

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Yale School of Management

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College Of Cape Town

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Microsoft

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Hewlett Packard

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Hyperion Development

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EdTech East Africa

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MindCet (Israel)

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EdTechX

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Edugild

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EdTech World Tour

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Emerge Education

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Imagine K12

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StartEd NYU

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Baobab

Work For Us

We are always looking for talented people to join our team in the future. Please watch this page for job adverts. If you are interested in volunteering or partnering with us, please email info@injini.co.za

FAQ

How long does your programme last ?

6 months. Cohort 2 is scheduled to begin in July 2018 and end on December 2018

What’s in your programme? How much time commitment is it each week?

Our programme is a combination of general business incubation and EdTech specific incubation. You will receive both workshops (30-35 two hour sessions on both general business and EdTech) and over 25 hours per team of 1:1 mentoring. You will also be able to book office hours with the Injini team - time where we work specifically for your business on data analysis, EdTech research, operations or strategy - and you will receive tech support, which could include developer time, consulting or other tailored support. There will also be dinner speeches where EdTech entrepreneurs tell their story in a small group setting to the cohort.

Who owns Injini?

You can learn about CiTi here and Jamie Martin here

We are a 51% black owned company according to the BBBEE codes. We are a South African pty based in Cape Town, South Africa.

What kind of ideas are you looking for - what do you mean by EdTech?

We are looking at for profit businesses, focused on Africa and on as broad a section of the population as possible (especially low income), that address learning from early years to adults using technology. We want innovative but effective approaches that can scale quickly. We want tech used because evidence shows it can improve the quality of or extend access to education, not for the sake of using tech.

Can a not for profit apply to your programme?

Not in this cohort, sorry. We are thinking of opening a space for a not for profit in future cohorts.

Do we need to be in/from South Africa?

No! In cohort one we got applications from 13 different countries and our first cohort was from 5 different countries across Africa. We actively encourage applications from any African country. We pay for flights to Cape Town, accommodation and a stipend while you are here.

Do successful applicants need to move to Cape Town?

Not full time. The initial and closing programme phases are in Cape Town, with a product testing period in between where you can be based in any African market. If offered a place on the programme, we will have a conversation with you about travel and time commitments.

Do you cover travel and living expenses?

Yes. Everyone in the program will be covered for flights to and from Cape Town, for accommodation here, and receive a small allowance for extra living costs incurred while in Cape Town.

How do I apply?

Applications for cohort 2 open on 1 March. Please then go to our application page and fill in our application.

What’s the process after that?

After applications close on 3 April, we will select the best to go through a due diligence process and provide a short video by 16 April. The top companies will be invited to pitch to Injini's selection panel on 23 April.

Do I need to quit my job?

Probably. Some of our cohort 1 entrepreneurs had part time work or study commitments as part of bigger teams, but building a great start up is a (very) full time commitment.

We don’t have a product and can’t build one. Can we apply?

Yes. If feasible, we will help you build it - two of our cohort 1 companies were pre product. But please have advanced your concept beyond the idea stage - eg prove that there is demand and scale opportunities if only you could build it.

Do you take equity in the businesses? How much?

Yes, we take 9% (post revenue companies) -15% (pre product companies) equity in the main/parent company (please do not accept a place if you don't want to give up 9% equity or only want to do it in a local division). In return companies get the Injini programme and direct funding of $50k.

We aren’t incorporated - is that a problem?

No. We will incorporate you.

We have already raised funding/got revenue/built a product - can we still apply?

Yes. We look at all stages of maturity and believe we can be a huge help beyond initial raises, revenue or product builds.

When does cohort 2 open?

Applications will open 1 March 2018 and be open until 3 April