uLesson, an edtech startup founded by ex-Konga boss, Sim Shagaya has raised $3.1 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by TLCom, with participation from Shagaya, its founder and former Konga founder and former CEO, ahead of its market launch in Nigeria in February 2020.
Sim Shagaya said it will use the funding to “address infrastructure and learning gaps in Africa’s education sector.”
uLesson was Founded and officially announced in March 2019, uLesson is a platform looking to leverage technology in making learning more individual-oriented.
uLesson aims to address infrastructure and learning gaps in Africa’s education sector targeting secondary school learners across the West African region, uLesson has been in development and beta testing for 12 months and will use the funding to take the product to market in West Africa, before looking to develop educational content and a product for the East African market.
The startup aims to deploy curriculum-relevant content via smartphones, uLesson will offer an app-based home education kit for students with an up-front yearly subscription price of around $70 and the option to pay as you go. The startup’s product pack will contain a dongle, SD card, and a set of headphones to connect to Android devices.
Curriculum on the uLesson program will include practice tests and tailored content around math, physics, chemistry, and biology. The venture has already created 3000 animated videos for core subjects, according to Shagaya.
Shagaya likened the idea use of SD cards to the old Netflix model of sending and returning DVD’s by mail, prior to faster and more affordable internet service in the U.S.
Shagaya had said, “We work collaboratively, passionately & relentlessly, utilizing every tool available, to deliver high-quality affordable education to all Africans.