MEST Africa Announces 12 Companies Selected for its First Cohort of the Mastercard Foundation
EdTech Fellowship

MEST Africa
The GPS
Published in
4 min readMay 13, 2024

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MEST Africa has announced the selection of 12 innovative companies for the inaugural Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship in Ghana. The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship is designed to support promising African EdTech companies with critical business and financial support, with insight into the science of learning, preparing them for scale, sustainability, and impact.

The 12 selected companies represent a range of innovative solutions poised to make a significant impact in education across Ghana. Angela Duho, Program Manager at MEST Africa, expressed her enthusiasm about the selected companies, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome these visionary companies into the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship at MEST Africa. Their innovative solutions hold the promise of transforming education in Ghana, and we are excited to support their growth and impact.”

“Through our partnership with MEST Africa, we are working to increase access to quality and relevant learning for Ghana and Africa’s underserved learners through locally developed technology-enabled solutions. In 2023, the solutions by the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship cohorts in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya reached 2.6 million learners. We look forward to an even greater impact this year,” said Joseph Nsengimana, Director of the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching
and Learning.

Founders of the 12 companies selected for the first cohort of the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship

The selected companies for MEST’s 2024 Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship are:
1. Perbi Cubs, an innovative literacy program using engaging digital tools to address poor reading skills among Ghanaian and African children.

2. Inspiring Teachers Ghana, an innovative nonprofit helping teachers improve their learning outcomes for Ghanaian children by leveraging their combined expertise in teacher training and program development.

3. Dext Technology Limited, which develops and deploys innovative, user-friendly and affordable tools for the effective learning of basic Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

4. Loozeele Excellence Academy, which pioneers STEM-focused early childhood education in the Upper East region, offers comprehensive learning experiences and practical exposure at an accessible cost.

5 Ayaprep, an educational application that teaches mathematics in local Ghanaian languages, enhances accessibility and inclusivity in learning.

6. Qknow Edtech, which democratizes education by offering quality learning resources and personalized tutoring, utilizing technology and educator expertise to provide accessible educational opportunities.

7. Wonderspaced, an educational content creation, publishing, and distribution platform for primary school students and educators focused on, promoting critical thinking, creativity, and literacy through interactive content.

8. DeafCanTalk, which revolutionizes accessibility for Deaf students with assistive technology, removing communication barriers and enabling inclusive education.

9. Firefly IO, which pioneers hands-on STEAM and Robotics education, fostering curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills to empower students to make real-world impacts.

10. Coral Reef Innovation Hub, which prepares students for the future workforce through AI, content development, and Edtech services.

11. eCampus, which revolutionizes learning with technology-driven solutions, facilitating smarter studying, employability, and prosperity for a billion learners worldwide.

12. Alpha Virtual Academy, a comprehensive digital learning platform for K-9 schools in Ghana, featuring interactive modules, assessments, teacher training, and administrative tools to enhance education
quality and accessibility.

Through the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship, the cohort will embark on a transformative journey of mentorship with support from specialists on education innovation, sustainability, impact and scale, pedagogical evaluation through access to courses on the science of learning and equity-free grants with the aim of scaling their impact and contributing to the advancement of education in Ghana.

For more information about the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship and other MEST Africa initiatives, click here.

About the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship
The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship is an entrepreneurship acceleration program designed to support promising African EdTech companies. Implemented in partnership with innovation hubs and
EdTech accelerators across Africa, the Fellowship provides select EdTech companies with critical business and financial support, as well as insight into the science of learning, preparing them for scale, sustainability, and impact. The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship was launched in 2019 by the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning and supported 12 African EdTech companies from seven countries in its first year, reaching over 800,000 learners. The goal of the Centre is to partner with 12 Tech Hubs to support over 250 EdTech companies and reach at least 1.8 million young people by 2025.

For more information on the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning,
contact jbiira@mastercardfdn.org.

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