The Injini/Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program for South African edTech Startups

The Injini/Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program for South African edTech Startups

The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program is an EdTech specialised venture support program uniquely designed for high-growth and high-impact companies addressing pressing challenges in education in South Africa through technology and innovation.

The EdTech Fellowship Program specifically focuses on the following three key objectives:

  • Facilitate market access with a lens to increase reach to beneficiaries at the “bottom of the pyramid”;

  • Design and implement, or refine, impact measurement, monitoring, and evaluation systems; and

  • Improve financial sustainability, including investment readiness support, where appropriate.

    Eligibility Requirements

    The typical participating EdTech company in the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program fits the following profile:

  • Has a tech-enabled solution designed to improve educational outcomes in South Africa, preferably supporting learners in pre-primary education (ages 0-5), primary and secondary education (ages 5-18) and/or teacher training and professional development;

  • Post-revenue (annual turnover likely exceeding R1,000,000);

  • Has the potential to reach 8,000 direct learners within one year of program participation;

  • Addresses a substantial market opportunity, with a focus on South Africa;

  • Characterised by a great potential for creating positive social impact on educational outcomes;

  • Has recently raised or is in the midst of raising a seed round of funding or has demonstrated that their maturity is at a comparable level;

  • Led by a diverse team with a strong understanding of the context in
    which they operate – we’re especially excited to support inspiring female founders and leadership teams.

    Benefits Include:

  • ​Equity-free venture funding of over R1,000,000;

  • Hands-on support from specialists in education innovation, fundraising, impact M&E, commerce and more;

  • Pedagogical evaluation and certification by EdTech Impact and Education Alliance Finland;

  • Bespoke market research support by the Injini Think Tank’s team of education innovation researchers;

  • « Sponsored skills » to temporarily fill identified gaps in each team with the intention to build capacity for long-term success;

  • Exposure and growth in new markets, including travel and speaking opportunities at ecosystem events;

  • Training and personalised coaching from faculty members of Carnegie Mellon University – a global leader in education technology and applied learning sciences; and

  • Contributing to a growing body of evidence documenting « what works » in African EdTech.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; The Injini/Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program for South African edTech Startups

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