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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 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

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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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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

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Our Cohorts

We have so far had 2 cohorts of startups coming from 7 countries across Africa, with EdTech innovations across all education stages and a range of technologies.

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System that connects students with experts and access TO resources online

info@lightbulbeducation.co.za

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Platform which sources university funding for prospective students

support@scholarx.co

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Literacy app with stories & games written and illustrated by teachers and artists

learn@e-limu.org

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Multimedia educational resources delivered via a solar powered server

info@eduserv.com

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Saa S-based digital platform for training, hiring and managing top talents at all stages of employment

info@slatecube.com

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Facebook messenger chatbot using proven gamification and AI to teach languages

admin@langbot.io

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Cloud-based school management software for ECD and K12 schools

support@bluebic.com

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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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Doreen Nabaho

Head of Data Insights & Analytics

Our Board

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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

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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.

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Rob Paddock

Founder, GetSmarter
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Warren Hero

CIO/CDO, Webber Wentzel
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Ellen Fischat

Co-Founder, InnoCircle & Story Room
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Onyeka Akumah

Founder & CEO, Farmcrowdy Limited
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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
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Danai Musandu

Investment Associate, Goodwell
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Tim Clarke

Founder & Chairman, EdNet Global
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Marion Smallbones

Director: Product Innovation, Pearson International School Line of Business
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Glenn Gillis

Founder & MD, SeaMonster Entertainment

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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Quirky 30

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Snapplify

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Instill Education

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Sea Monster

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Sifiso Edtech

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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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Amazon Web Services

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Playlogix

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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

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MEST Africa

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UBS Optimus Foundation

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Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Work For Us

We are always looking for talented people to join our team and our cohort companies in the future. Please watch our jobsite 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 ?

5 months. Cohort 3 is scheduled to begin in early 2019

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 both non-profits & 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?

Yes. As of cohort 3, we will be changing our previous policy and will accept applications from non-profits.

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 3 open in early 2019. Please sign up to our mailing list to get notified as soon as applications open.

What’s the process after that?

After applications close, we will select the best to go through a due diligence process, which will also include submitting a short video pitch.

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.

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 3 open?

Applications will open in early 2019