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 education will be the great engine of Africa's future development. We will therefore empower teachers, entrepreneurs and individual citizens to improve education through technology in order to 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.


Our first programme - Cape Town, South Africa

Starting in October 2018, 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


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


Agnostic on methods, religious on results

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


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.


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



Offline search engine for students, powered by artificial intelligence



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



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


Our Team


Jamie Martin

Founder & Chief Business Analyst

Ruth Hattersley

Head of Operations

Michal Szymanski

Citi Head of Enterprise & Entrepreneur Development

Doreen Nabaho

Head of Data Insights & Analytics

Mimi Dedichen

Education Technology Research

Riaz Moola

Chief Technology Advisor

Our Board


Ian Merrington


Rob Paddock

Founder, GetSmarter

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



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 - 6th March
Accra - 13th March
Nairobi - March TBC
Kampala - March TBC
Cape Town - 28th March TBC

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


Sam Paddock

Founder and CEO at GetSmarter

Rob Paddock

Founder, GetSmarter

Chinezi Chijioke

Founder, Nova Pioneer Schools

Rapelang Rabana

Founder & CEO Rekindle Learning

Godwin Khosa

CEO NECT & former CEO Jet Education

Mark Horner

Founder, Siyavula

Sihle Tshabalala

Founder, Quirky30

Wesley Lynch

Founder, Snapplify

Patrick Kayton

Founder, Cognician

Our Partners


Get Smarter






Karri Payments






Top Dog Education


Sea Monster


Sifiso Edtech




Instill Education


Quirky 30


University of Cape Town


Yale School of Management


College Of Cape Town




Hewlett Packard


Hyperion Development


EdTech East Africa


MindCet (Israel)






EdTech World Tour


Emerge Education


Imagine K12


StartEd NYU



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


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