Applications to Injini cohort 2 have now closed. Applications for cohort 3 will open in October 2018. Please read below on why you should consider applying to that or a future cohort
Applicants fill in a short application form that will be live from 1 March to 3 April 2018. Around 20 successful applicants will go through our due diligence process, including providing a short video by 16th April. The top 15 will pitch to our selection panel for the remaining 8 places.
Injini is the first EdTech dedicated incubator programme on the African continent. It is the only opportunity for EdTech entrepreneurs based anywhere in Africa to get industry specialist mentoring, support, scale up and funding introductions, and early stage funding.
Our philosophy is that we need ideas that scale rapidly to solve Africa's education problems and seize its opportunities. So if your aim is to bring your innovation across the continent and then the world, you will be working with a like-minded team and leveraging relationships and resources aimed at achieving huge scale fast.
Our programme is open to anyone from, based in or focused on any African country. We are determined to ensure cost is no barrier to joining our programme. We will cover the full cost of travel to and from Cape Town for all entrepreneurs and teams. We will pay stipends. We will cover accommodation for those that need it. We will cover all programme related travel.
Our mentors, dinner speakers, workshop leads are a mixture of general business, education and edtech experts. We have relationships with education business, government and charities at the international, national and local level.
Unlike any other incubator or accelerator in Africa, our programme will involve a focus on the science of education and trialling and refining ideas in education settings, including working with leading academic partners.
Each cohort member will get the technical support — such as a junior developer or game designer — they need to develop or build their idea. This is outside the direct funding and will come with project management and quality assurance support.
We have established partnerships in the African tech, education, corporate and government world unrivalled by anyone. See some of them here
We are an international team with education and business experience in the top companies and institutions across the world. We are supported by an experienced board with decades of combined experience in business incubation, start ups, management consultancy, corporates and government.
Together, we have learnt an incredible amount from our first cohort and look forward to welcoming our next one.
Joining our programme will give you access to a unique network — not only those we know across the continent and world but your fellow cohort members. Each year, 16 entrepreneurs and teams will come through our programme creating a powerful network for accessing expertise and scale and funding opportunities.
We will give each cohort up to R600k (~$50k) of funding. We believe that this is not only the only EdTech dedicated early stage funding available, it is the best terms you will raise money on at this stage.
We take 9% (post revenue companies) to 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.
We expect strong engagement from cohort members. You don’t need your whole team to be permanently in Cape Town, but particularly from July to September we will expect a strong presence here