Nigeria’s edtech startup, ScholarX, have been selected to pitch at the annual Stanford Africa Business Forum taking place in Stanford, California on April 20.
Founded, in 2016, ScholarX focuses on education financing to help young Africans access quality education through scholarships, crowdfunding (Village), and e-learning. It’s impressive model has earned it this opportunity at the forum.
The annual Stanford Africa Business Forum is currently in its twelfth year and is organised by the Africa Business Club.
This year’s event is themed: Establishing Africa’s Place in the Future: New Approaches to Driving Growth and will bring thought leaders from the continent to discuss new approached to driving growth.
The edtech startup wont be the only startup pitching as it will be joined by 5 other startups who will also present their solutions at the forum. The other startups are ENVision mobile, Uganda’s agritech startup, MobiPay AgroSys, and South African startups, Pineapple, LÜLA and Vollar.
According to reports, these startup were all selected because they are based on the continent, have less than 40 employees, made an impact in their communities and have raised considerable amounts of funding.
The six startup will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges that will include – Oreoluwa Adeyemi, Managing Director, HSBC Venture Capital; Marsha Wulff, Founding Director, LoftyInc Capital Management; Maurizio Caio, Founding and Managing Partner, TLcom; Katherine Fackler, Manager of Social Investment and Alternative Finance, Pact Ventures; Nyimpini Mabunda, Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group; Tayo Oviosu, CEO, Paga.
However, its not yet clear whether the startups will win any prizes or investment.
Apart from the pitch event, the conference would feature several panels and chat sessions. It would also feature as well as vibrant keynote speakers such as – Iyin Aboyeji, co-founder Flutterwave; Acha Leke, Africa Chairman, McKinsey; Alain Ebobissé, CEO Africa50; and Claude Grunitzky, Chairman True Africa.