About the course
The EdTech Evidence for Entrepreneurs Course is for Africa-based Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) focused EdTech innovators and entrepreneurs who want to ensure their EdTech products use the best available evidence for how to improve teaching and learning outcomes.
We often hear from people developing EdTech products that they want to bring more research on teaching and learning into the design of their product’s, and they are eager to demonstrate how their product builds on the best available evidence. But they’re not quite sure where to start. This course aims to fill that need.
Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation, and UK Aid, the course is intended to help you improve your FLN focused EdTech product by offering practical, evidence-based lessons from fellow entrepreneurs, industry experts, and education leaders.
We are excited to work in partnership with Injini, Dignitas, and EdTech East Africa. Our collaboration provides enhanced support and resources to EdTech entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Together, we aim to foster innovation and shape the future of education in Africa.
Cohort model eligibility & selection criteria
You are eligible to apply for the EdTech Evidence for– Entrepreneurs— Sub-Saharan Africa cohort-based course starting in September 2023, if the following apply:
- You are developing or have developed a Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) focused EdTech product or service for pre-primary and/or primary-level teachers and learners in a Sub-Saharan Africa country. More information on the pedagogical areas where your FLN-focused EdTech product might fit can be found here. Additionally, you can find examples of FLN focused EdTech products from our pilot cohort here.
- Kindly note, for the next cohort starting in September, we will be opening the course to a small cohort of EdTech entrepreneurs not working on FLN-focused products. If you are an EdTech entrepreneur not working on an FLN-focused product but believe that the contents of this course (Foundational Literacy & Numeracy (FLN), Evidence-based Product Design, and Building a Sustainable Venture) would still be useful and impactful for you, we invite you to apply!
- You might have your own company (entrepreneur) or work inside an organisation (intrapreneur) where you are leading the development of the EdTech product or service.
- You are based in a Sub-Saharan Africa country.
- You have access to the internet and a laptop that would allow you to seamlessly interact with the course.
- You are eager and available to actively participate in the course with peers and experts for approx. 5 hours per week during the six-week journey.
- You have professional proficiency in English (both written and spoken).
How to access the course
We will facilitate a number of cohort-based online courses in 2022 – 2023. Each cohort will have at most 40 participants and run for 6 weeks. There will be an application process for each cohort, sign up to our mailing-list to stay in-the-loop on when to apply.
What's in it for you? Eight benefits of the cohort-based course:
Examples of EdTech products from our pilot course:
They adopt approved literacy content for early grade learners by adding sign language video interpreting the content, audio narration interactive questions, and converting the content into braille format.
It’s blended curriculum enables millions of African children to learn how to read and write in just 1-month via the KAINO mobile apps that schools can use to teach children in the classroom.
Their platform’s integrated suite of android apps, dashboards, printed tools and videos enables transformative teacher development through data-driven peer coaching programs.