Kidato a Kenyan ed-tech startup has secured $1.4 million in seed funding, Kidato helps to reduce the overcrowding of the classrooms and providing a learning free environment for students and the high cost of education in private schools in Kenya and much of Africa.
The startup got funding from seed-stage venture capital firm Learn Start Capital, Launch Africa Ventures Fund, Graph Ventures and Century Oak Capital, besides some angel investors.
Kidato was founded by Kenyan serial entrepreneur Sam Gichuru in 2020. Kidato integrated zoom into its platform in order to help students learn better and faster from the comfort of their homes.
According to the startup, they now have over 700 students registered on its platform, which is rising at a rate of 100% quarter after quarter.
According to the company, students from Canada, Kenya, Malawi, Switzerland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates pay $5 per lesson.
Gichuru told Techcrunch, “Kidata wants to ensure better learning outcomes in smaller personalized class sizes. It is also offering the same international curriculum but with an average of 1:5 teacher-student ratio.”
The company has also implemented after-school programs like robotics and chess, art, coding, and debate classes.
Kidato is an African startup that had been accepted into Y Combinator’s ((YC) 2021 winter cohort. It is the only edtech startup in this cohort, having raised $125,000 from YC.