Co-Creation Hub has announced a new partnership with the Mastercard Foundation to develop a US$15 million ed-tech accelerator project in Kenya and Nigeria through the Mastercard Foundation Ed-Tech Fellowship Programme.
In 2010, the Co-creation Hub (CcHub) established Nigeria’s first open living lab for technologists, entrepreneurs, technology businesses, investors, and hackers in order to expedite the application of social capital and technology for economic success.
Since then, the hub has grown to encompass a network of pan-African innovation enablers such as the CcHub Design Lab in Rwanda, iHub and eLimu in Kenya, Growth Capital by CcHub, and CcHub Syndicate.
Co-Creation Hub, in partnership with Mastercard, is launching an accelerator program to assist and scale the impact of 72 ed-tech entrepreneurs in Kenya and Nigeria over the next three years. Selected ed-tech businesses will receive funding and consulting services to help them scale their present operations for greater impact.
CcHub will provide dedicated expert teams to support participants in product development, government relations, pedagogy, and learning science, in addition to initial investment to the selected firms.
The collaboration is part of the larger Mastercard Foundation Ed-Tech Fellowship Programme, which strives to promote African ed-tech firms solving learning difficulties in K-12, university education, and vocational training. These solutions are expected to be part of an urgent and vital response to many of Africa’s long-standing difficulties, which have impacted enrollment, quality, and availability of viable educational options for the continent’s young people.
CcHub has officially opened an application window for its accelerator program, and successful applicants will go through rounds of screening to determine suitability for solutions and entrepreneurs before being further evaluated for scalability and long-term potential. Female-led startups are also encouraged to apply by the partners.
Interested organisations can apply for the Nigeria programme here until March 17 and the Kenyan one here until March 21.