Nigerian Edtech Startup uLesson Gets Seed Financing


Nigeria based edtech startup uLesson which is trying to bridge the gap in the education system for secondary school students in the country has bagged $3.1 million in seed financing. TLcom Capital led the funding round. TLcom Capital partner Ido Sum and Omobola Johnson will be joining the board of uLesson as part of the financing.

Founded by Sim Shagaya in 2019, the firm has a platform which integrates mobile platforms, SD cards, culture-specific curriculum along with a network of tutors to assist the students. The firm is in the development at the moment and it plans to go live in February 2020 in countries like Ghana, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia apart from Nigeria.

The firm plans to use the capital to take the suite of video lessons, quizzes, and tests that it has developed for the students to the West African markets. The firm claims to have produced “over 3000 richly animated, personalized video learning modules, quizzes and tests” so far. The firm offers the services for an up-front yearly subscription price of around $70 which contains a dongle, SD card, and a set of headphones to connect to Android devices along with the study kit.

Shagaya, the founder of the firm through a press statement said, 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 investments is chasing a goal that is moving further away. 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.”

Ido Sum talking about Shagaya and the team said that “In Sim, we have an entrepreneur with an unrivalled track record in building technology products for Africa. His team is building solutions for a massive opportunity, and we strongly believe they are about to make a serious dent in the education market across the continent."


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