Education is a nation’s most important asset. It is arguably what differentiates a third-world country from a developed one. This article paints a stark image; there’s a 100-year gap in education standards between developed and developing countries (see diagram below). This is one reason why these edtech startups in Nigeria are very important.
Fig. 1: Education in Developing Countries vs. Developed
Here are the five edtech startups attempting to change the narrative:
Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Tuteria
Tuteria was founded by Godwin Benson and it’s mission is to help students or individuals find expert private tutors easily. Godwin Benson won the Royal Academy of Engineering award in the United Kingdom (UK) earlier in the year. The team began working on the idea in 2013. It also helps tutors earn an income teaching subjects and skills. Subjects include Maths, English, Verbal & Quantitative reasoning, Science etc. Users can also learn skills like photography, music, public speaking etc.
The startup has a strong leaning towards trust. Its tutors are assessed, they take a test in most subjects. The score will determine if they will be allowed to teach the subject. Tuteria also conducts background checks and requests verified IDs. The two-way review system also keeps tutors accountable.
Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Proteach.ng
Obasolape Abiola is the founder of this edtech startup. It provides personalized home tutoring services to students & individuals. While it is similar to Tuteria, it is taking a different angle to home tutoring. It provides tutors with a consideration of the child or student’s learning style. The platform assesses a user’s learning style through a test. It then matches the learner with a tutor based on the result of the assessment.
Proteach is one of the startups in Venture Platform’s (VP) portfolio. It pitched at VP’s first demo day as part of its first cohort. Venture Platform describes itself as a startup that builds startups. Additionally, it finds and funds innovative startups in Africa. VP injected a seed fund of $20,000 into Proteach. Faith History spoke with Obasolape earlier this year, you can listen to the interview here.
Edtech Startups In Nigeria: ScholarX
ScholarX simply connects Africans with scholarship opportunities. Bola Lawal is the founder of this startup. It launched in Ghana through a partnership with AB review. Its app is available on the Google Play store and iTunes. Furthermore, it matches users with scholarship opportunities based on parameters such as State, Faculty, College, School, CGPA/Level etc.
ScholarX recently launched Village a crowdfunding platform which allows students create fund requests that sponsors can find and fund. Students are already benefiting from the platform as you’ll find here.
Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Elearn.ng
Elearn.ng focuses on vocational and technical education. This makes the startup different from others on the list. Michael Onobote and Chigozie Amaraegbeni are the founders of this startup. It provides skills training to individuals through its online learning platform and physical classes.
Skills categories include Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle, Photography, Food & Confectionery etc. Additionally, some of the trainers on the platform include Gbenga Ayo-Dada of Artsmith Academy, Mrs. Ikeolu Biobaku of Mix n Bake among others. You can read more about the startup here and listen to Faith History’s interview with Michael Onobote here.
Edtech Startups In Nigeria: PrepClass
This startup is also an online tutoring platform. This goes to imply the market size of the private tutoring business. Parents will go to any length to ensure that their children are academically successful. This is without considering that not only children use these tutoring platforms. Adults also use the platforms.
PrepClass is however taking a different approach from the other platforms previously reviewed. First, it has a strong leaning towards test and exam preparation. Secondly, it has a proprietary online test prep software. Furthermore, it has a large pool of tutors. Finally, students can use the platform to prepare for a test without the aid of a tutor. Fast Company named it as one of the top most innovative companies in Africa. Here’s a good review of the startup.
In conclusion, we will continue to add more edtech startups as we review and interview founders. One initiative worthy of mention is Relearn by CcHub. Tell us what you think about this list in the comments. Also let us know what startups you think we should add to the list.
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