2022 Africa EdTech 50

HolonIQ’s annual list of the 50 most promising EdTech startups from Sub Saharan Africa.

Education Intelligence Unit

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October 6, 2022

The Africa EdTech 50 is HolonIQ's annual list of the most promising EdTech startups from Sub Saharan Africa.

The Africa EdTech 50 is focused on identifying young, fast growing and innovative learning, teaching and up-skilling startups in Sub-Saharan Africa. Powered by data and insights from our Impact Intelligence Platform together with qualitative assessments by HolonIQ’s Intelligence Unit, and local market experts in each region, organizations are evaluated and scored based on our eligibility and assessment criteria.

Exhibit 1

Download the Market Map. Companies are categorized by their main area of focus following the globallearninglandscape.org. Categories in the market map are not mutually exclusive.

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HolonIQ’s 2022 Africa EdTech 50 is aligned to the Global Learning Landscape, an Open-Source Taxonomy that maps the education and talent market.

Exhibit 2

Upskilling Africa remains a key priority for the continent, with EdTech solutions focusing on the nexus between skills, work and jobs.

Africa has over 250 million young people - over one fifth of the world's youth population, and is set to grow by over 40% by 2050. With high unemployment or underemployment and education systems that are unlikely to adequately support training needs at the scale and speed required, alternative models are emerging to support scaled and job-ready workers for the global economy. Teams such as Moringa School and Decagon are examples of models aimed at bridging the skills gap and providing employment opportunities for African youth. Similarly, Semicolon is supporting gender inclusion in tech jobs and digital skills.

Exhibit 3

Solutions to support institutions, focusing on student success, learner analytics, financing education, and digital learning environments make up almost one quarter of this year’s list.

Over the past few years, school systems and universities have needed to digitize the student journey, both in and out of the classroom. This year's Africa EdTech 50 list has strong representation from K12 and Higher education digital solutions providers including those who support digital transformation and digital infrastructure for schools and universities, including EDVES, Excel@Uni and Zeraki and digital learning environments such as Klas, Lightbulb Education and Lessonspace.

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South Africa makes up over a third of the list, followed by Nigeria and Kenya. Tanzania sees growth since last year and Nigeria also surges.

Representing almost half of last year’s list, South Africa has moderated in 2022 with Nigeria growing to almost 30% of the list, an indicator of the increasing strength of the market and capital flowing into EdTech startups in the country, with most teams on the list having raised capital recently. Teams from Tanzania consist of growth stage companies with a newer startup in Silabu.

Exhibit 4

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HolonIQ customers can track the data for the most promising EdTech startups in Sub Saharan Africa on the Market Intelligence Platform. Look for the 2022 Africa EdTech 50 list in the Lists tab of the Organizations page. Request a Demo if you are not a customer and would like to learn more. Track the 2022 Cohort.

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