The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has revealed the names of five global EdTech initiatives selected to join its 2018-19 WISE Accelerator program, among which is the Nigerian ScholarX.
ScholarX increases access to quality education for the African youth, regardless of their economic background. It created a scholarship aggregator mobile app providing personalized information for more than 10,000 national and foreign-targeted scholarships. It also offers a crowdfunding platform where sponsors worldwide fund tuitions for local students.
ScholarX, along with the four other selected initiatives, will kick-off the program during the WISE@NY forum that will take place on September 22 in New York. During the forum, representatives of the initiatives will be taking part in workshops, attending master classes, and participating in pitching sessions. The WISE Accelerator team will also organize high-level meetings for the representatives of the five initiatives with leaders and entrepreneurs of various organizations who are developing solutions and programs in education and education technology.
Bola Lawal, Co-founder and CEO of ScholarX, commented: “We are very happy and honored to be selected for the WISE Accelerator, as the resources and new network that will be at our disposal, will allow us focus on doing our work”.
WISE Accelerator supports the development of innovative EdTech initiatives with high potential to make a positive impact. Selected initiatives will receive support from mentors and WISE partners to scale up their initiatives, improve their international visibility, and identify potential partners, donors and investors through networking opportunities organized by WISE.
Chibeza Agley, Co-founder and CEO of CamBioScience, a member of the 2017-18 WISE Accelerator cohort, said: “the WISE Accelerator has had a profound impact on the development and scale-up of CamBioScience. The mentors on the program are leading figures in EdTech and business and are fully committed to helping us grow and succeed.
Nayla Fahed Zreik, Co-founder of Lebanese Alternative Learning, an NGO based in Lebanon and a member of the 2017-18 WISE Accelerator cohort said: “WISE Accelerator is not only about accelerating your business; it’s about accelerating your mind. You will never think in the same way after a few sessions with your mentor. The WISE mentorship process is a tailor-made solution. Your mentor will provide you with potential solutions tailored to your business.”
The four other initiatives selected to be part of the 2018-2019 Accelerator cohort are:
Based in the United Kingdom, Chatterbox is a language-tutoring platform created and delivered by refugees. Chatterbox finds, trains, and then contracts highly skilled individuals who are refugees to deliver language training to their clients. Chatterbox tackles the problem of unemployment amongst refugee populations. They turn what would usually be considered a barrier to refugee employment- their native language- into an asset.
An initiative of the Big Picture Company, a non-governmental organization based in the United States, ImBlaze is an online management platform that enables educators and students to easily and efficiently manage out-of-school internship experiences to support real-world, personalized learning. It supports students in looking for an internship. Once the internship starts, the educator in school and the mentor in the workplace accompany the student in the learning process.
A startup based in the United States, SmartScience provides students with an online platform that facilitates learning in the sciences. The company developed a technology that allows students to test a hypothesis by measuring results on videos of real world experiments. SmartScience offers over 300 lessons in the sciences and every lesson is designed with the goal to foster the learning of the experimentation method among students.
Uptale is a French startup that offers software-as-a-service platform to enable creators to imagine, create, publish and monitor immersive learning experiences using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Uptale allows anyone, without any technical background or prior training, to create gamified interactive VR and AR learning content and publish it using the Uptale platform.