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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.

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Africa's first EdTech incubator

Our first incubator in Cape Town, South Africa is the first Education Technology dedicated programme and fund in Africa. We will select a cohort of start ups from across Africa every 6 months, and give them a 6 month EdTech dedicated support programme worth R500k (~$40k) and direct funding of on average R500k ($40k).

Find out more about our incubator 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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Little platoons, big innovations

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.

Our Team

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Jamie Martin

Founder & CEO, Injini
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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

Data analysis & Research
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Mimi Dedichen

Education Technology Research

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

South Africa can be a centre of edtech innovation for the world

Jamie Martin, 1 March 2017

Teachers & entrepreneurs in Africa will realise the power of Education Technology

Jamie Martin, 4 April 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 monthly meet ups ( read more ) 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 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

See our education advisory panel 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. From October 9th, exclusive of a short christmas break.

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 and 1:1 advice from experts and EdTech entrepreneurs, as well as introductions to potential funders and key decision makers in business and government.

A short overview of our programme is ​ here

Who are you ? Are you tied to any governments or corporations?

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.

We will make all of our funders clear on our site. No funder provides over 50% of our funding or holds any equity in us.

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.

If your idea is not education, not technology, not focused on Africa or can only ever reach a small portion of people or one country, please don’t apply.

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! We actively encourage applications from anywhere and anyone, especially from other African countries. We will support you financially and logistically to join the programme.

Do successful applicants need to move to Cape Town?

Not full time, but you or at least most of the team will need to spend a lot of time in Cape Town. 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. Once you have an offer to join the programme, we are happy to discuss what financial support you need (eg stipends) to make sure expense is not a barrier to you joining.

How do I apply?

Go to our application page and fill in our application.

What’s the process after that?

If you pass into the latter stages of the process, we may ask you to take part in an assessment day, including a pitch to our selection panel.

Do I need to quit my job?

Not necessarily, especially if you are part of a team. We want this to be delivered as flexibly as possible.

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

Yes. If feasible, we will help you build it. 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 strike a bespoke deal with each programme entrant. Expect to give up 9-15% equity, and in return to get programme support worth over R 500 000 and direct funding of up to R 500 000.

We aren’t incorporated - is that a problem?

No. We will incorporate you as a South African company.

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.

I’m not able to join the programme for this cohort but want to in the future. What do I do?

Apply to cohort 2! Applications will open in March 2018.