Africa’s oldest incubator & ecosystem builder, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) has launched Injini – Africa’s First EdTech Incubator, dedicated to using tech to improve African education.
The EdTech Incubator model has been proven for investors and startups on other continents in countries like the USA, India and in Europe. The EdTech Incubator in Cape Town, South Africa is the first Education Technology dedicated programme and fund in Africa.
They believe education will be the great engine of Africa’s future development. They will, therefore, empower teachers, entrepreneurs and individual citizens to improve education through technology in order to realize the huge potential for richer economies and stronger societies across the continent.
Why An Incubator
An incubator is the right mix of support, investment and ecosystem – with long term, follow on support
- Offers co-working space for startup collaboration – but also full EdTech specialized programme support (and a cluster of more mature companies on site)
- Mentoring & workshops at key points over 6 months – but also day to day support
- Early stage capital & growth support – but hands on day in day out long term involvement & Vision
- Focus on scaling & further fund raising – but with longer time period more suited to SA, Africa market
EdTech Incubator Benefits
EdTech specialist incubator programmes across Africa ensure anyone with an idea can raise education standards at scale wherever, and whoever they have access to early stage investment and support.
They have built a network of services and expert advice needed to build an EdTech business.
Best international experts & entrepreneurs in education, tech, investing, startups will provide workshops & mentoring.
You will have an advisory panel of experienced educators from the early years, school, TVET & university sectors.
You will learn from world’s best EdTech acceleration & incubation programmes supported by their team from Yale.
The programme will focus on 4 streams: business set up, EdTech, scale up, post programme sustainability.
The programme will graduate EdTech businesses able to scale & sustain long term job creation & education impact;
- Skills in business operations, tools & strategy from mentoring including industry experts
- A revised and tested proposition and business model, with EdTech specialist help on initial supply chain & sales channels
- A strong MVP, tested and refined with customers and users
- A legally and financially compliant and stable company, with the understanding and support to maintain that
- The skills and relationships to raise further funding and build a sustainable long term education intervention
African innovations that enhance, not replace, existing education within & beyond Africa over the long term
- Africa leads, not follows – the greatest challenge & opportunity in EdTech lies in Africa – it will produce the greatest innovations
- Little platoons, big innovations – it will be teachers & entrepreneurs – 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 embrace new ideas, but rigorously test them & discard what doesn’t work
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 $40,000 and direct funding of on average $40,000.
How to Apply
To apply for the incubator, follow the link below to an online form which is the first step in your application journey, for EdTech entrepreneurial support programme. The application does not automatically guarantee acceptance on the programme, but you will be contacted in order to progress to the next stages.