Online school Kidato was started in 2020. It trains minors aged between 4 to 18 years. It has nearly 1000 student sign-ups as of this writing. The students have been registered from eight countries.
Kidato biggest selling point is its skill-based classes alongside high-quality and affordable sessions.
The startup’s student to teacher ratio is also impressive at 5:1, which reduces tutor workload and makes them available to offer services and care to pupils.
A month ago, Kidato was accepted into Y Combinator, and raised $125K in the process to support itself.
The entry precedes another big win, which is a $1.4 million seed fund.
The fundraising featured the following players: Learn Start Capital, Launch Africa Ventures, Graph Ventures and Century Oak Capital. It also secured support from Ivy League university endowment fund.
Local and global angel investors also took part in the fund drive.
The funds will be used to accelerate its expansion plans across the continent.
What They Said
We are also very honoured to have some of our students’ parents join as investors as well. Their faith and belief in our mission is truly humbling. We are looking to work with the best tutors and academias to help shape the future of education in Africa.
The demand for online education has grown from the convergence of a fast-growing middle class and high internet penetration with enabling infrastructure services such as Zoom that has seen easier adoption of remote work. Additionally, cutting out commute time in highly congested cities is a welcome relief for parents as it means being able to spend more time with their children.
Kidato Founder Sam Gichuru