NBII launches the first Edtech Sprint Week

The Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), in partnership with the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) and Injini Africa Edtech Incubator, launched and held the first Edtech Sprint Week at the innovation village during the last week on March 2019.

Injini is a community of education technology (EdTech) entrepreneurs, academics, investors, educators, NGOs and tech hubs, whose goal is to help realise and maximise the potential of technology education in Namibia.

During the 21st Innovation Circle session, which also took place during the week, the Deputy Director of Innovation in the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Nhlanhla Lupahla, stressed the importance of the role of educators in this initiative.

”It is important to have an educator to advise you, when you develop an App or startup in the educational technological field, because apart from content and technology it is vital to have pedagogical knowledge as well,” she remarked.

“It is imperative to find a niche area for your research and to do it better than your competitors and also figure out how to keep your audience satisfied, because that is your word of mouth marketing,” added Gabriel Nhinda, a NUST Lecturer, Faculty of Computing and Informatics.

The top six Edtech startups were selected from a total of eleven entrepreneurs that took part in the Sprint Week event.

The week-long series of workshops and intense one-on-one consultations with experts saw the participants getting much-needed training in pitching their ideas, business model canvassing and ideation to boost their startups in the best possible way.

The top six finalists will receive mentorship and training, as well as advisory services from NBII in order to fast-track the establishment of their businesses.

The top six Edtech Startups are: Glowdom; Brightons Education Centre; Forster Digital; Cylon Web Development; Minds in Action; and Edification.

The second Edtech Sprint Week is set to take place in July, while a third event is slated for early next year.

Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019
for Month: 
April, 2019

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