uLesson, Sim Shagaya’s edtech startup from Nigeria that aims to address infrastructure and learning gaps in Africa has raised $3.1mn Seed Round led by TLcom Capital with participation by Sim Shagaya, its founder and former Konga founder and former CEO.
The startup, which targets African secondary schools across West Africa has raised the funding ahead of its market launch in Nigeria in February 2020.
The uLesson app has been in development and beta testing for 12 months now. It will use the funding to take the product to market in West Africa, before looking to develop educational content and a product for the East African market.
“Education systems across Africa are in crisis and uLesson has been developed to radically shake-up the system and bring better access to high-quality curriculum-relevant educational content to learners across the continent. As our population grows extremely rapidly, the current public and private approach to education investment is chasing a goal that is moving further away. ‘’ uLesson, CEO Sim Shagaya saId.
‘’We want to lower the entry point for access to education for young Africans, and technology is the only way this challenge will be met. With this in mind, today is not just an investment in uLesson – it’s an investment in Africa’s future.”
As part of the seed round, Ido Sum and Omobola Johnson, partners in TLcom’s executive team, will join the board alongside former Konga CEO, Shola Adekoya.
uLesson allows learners to experience personalised learning, practice tests, region-specific mock tests and assessed performance and progress for students and parents, including rich reporting dashboards for detailed analysis. It is tailored towards the WAEC curriculum region (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Gambia), with its current content focuses on core subjects of Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology for secondary school students.
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