Nigerian edtech startup, ScholarX, has been selected among the 30 finalists competing in this year’s Next Billion EdTech Prize in Dubai. The prize is geared towards recognizing innovators that are improving educational outcomes in emerging economies.
The event would take place from March 22 to 24 at Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai, between March 22-24.
Finalists would pitch their ideas in front of a panel and 1,500 delegates that would be present at the forum. After the pitch session, 6 of the startups would be selected to pitch again at the grand final.
After this stage, 3 winners will be selected and each will be awarded $25,000 and the overall winner would receive the Next Billion Prize trophy.
Participating finalists would also have the opportunity to meet stakeholders in the areas of both education and technology – venture capitalists, education ministers, foundations, academics and some of the world’s best teachers.
“The Next Billion Prize was created to shine a light on those gifted entrepreneurs that are not only ingenious, but also bold and persistent enough to bring forward the revolutionary ideas that are desperately needed to transform education in those parts of the world where there is limited access to high quality teaching.”
Vikas Pota, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tmrw Digital (which runs the Next Billion Prize).
As it is, the scholarship, crowdfunding and e-learning startup, ScholarX would not be the only representative from Africa. They will be joined by 9 other African startups: Eneza Education, eLimu and M-Shule from Kenya; Ubongo and Mtabe from Tanzania; Etudesk from Ivory Coast; Praxilabs from Egypt; LangBot from Ethiopia; and South Africa’s Zelda.org.
These startups would be joined by 20 others from around the world for the finals in Dubai.
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