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Nigerian Ed-tech Startup uLesson raises $3.1m Seed Round Ahead of Launch


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uLesson, the education-technology startup established by serial entrepreneur and Konga.com founder, says that it has closed a US $3.1 million seed round ahead of its market launch. The company plans to address infrastructure and learning gaps in Africa’s education sector.

uLesson deploys curriculum-relevant content via smartphones and mobile devices that allows users to explore content with limited data and Internet costs.

To date, the Jos-based team has produced over 3,000 animated, personalised video learning modules, quizzes and tests that will be available on the uLesson Android app via a subscription model in the first quarter of 2020.

uLesson has now closed a US$3.1 million seed round led by TLcom Capital, with participation by Shagaya himself. As part of the seed round, Ido Sum and Omobola Johnson, partners in TLcom’s executive team, will join the board alongside former Konga chief executive officer (CEO) Shola Adekoya.

Targeting secondary school learners across the West African region, uLesson will launch officially in February, having been in development and beta testing for 12 months. The seed round will also be used 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,” Shagaya said.

“As our population grows extremely rapidly, the current public and private approach to education investment 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. With this in mind, today is not just an investment in uLesson – it’s an investment in Africa’s future.”

Mr Ido Sum said that in uLesson, TLcom had found a company that fits perfectly with its ethos – an entrepreneur-led startup building an affordable, mass-market, mobile-first solution tackling one of Africa’s largest challenges.

“In Sim, we have an entrepreneur with a track record for 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,” he said.

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