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.
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
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.
Our first programme - Cape Town, South Africa
Starting in October 2017, 8 start-ups from 5 countries from across Africa joined our programme where we delivered workshops, mentoring and networking as well as tech, research and other support. Injini’s first cohort completed the programme in May 2018, and the second cohort completed in November 2018.
Watch the original Injini film here
Our Guiding Principles
Africa leads, not follows
The greatest challenge & opportunity in EdTech lies in Africa - it will produce the greatest innovations
Grassroots ideas, global impact
It will be teachers & entrepeneurs - not big bureaucracies - who realise technology’s potential in education
Empower teachers, not replace them
We will help teachers deepen & widen impact, not try (and fail) to make them obsolete
Evidence-driven, with a laser focus on results
We should reject business-as-usual & embrace new ideas, but pay very close attention to the evidence of what works to improve education
System that connects students with experts and access TO resources online
Platform which sources university funding for prospective students
Literacy app with stories & games written and illustrated by teachers and artists
Saa S-based digital platform for training, hiring and managing top talents at all stages of employment
Facebook messenger chatbot using proven gamification and AI to teach languages
Continuous teacher mentoring and learning inputs for engaging classrooms
Data analytics app for parents & ECD teachers to track child development
Only adaptive learning platform for feature phones in Africa
Audio & video Maths & Science lessons focused on low income communities
Language learning via chatbot & native speaker on whatsapp style platform
Putting books on low tech devices & distributing them in hard to reach areas
Founder & CEO
Head of Operations
Head of Data Insights & Analytics
Founder, Infology & Qualified Attorney
Injini In The Media
Injini cohort company M-Shule wins 2nd place at GESA
Daniel Mpala, January 2018
Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator
Tony Wan, 10 October 2017
Launch of Injini first Cohort
University of Cape Town, 10 October 2017
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.
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Our Mentors and Experts
Our specialist EdTech incubation programme is led by people with a wealth of experience within education. They are entrepreneurs, teachers, academics, technologists, investors and business leaders who 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 startups to learn from some of the most visionary and successful education leaders across Africa.