After seven years within the manufacturing of digital devices, below his firm Imose Applied sciences, Osayi Izedonmwen took depart to discover an concept that he had toyed with for a while — an edtech startup, Teesas, which now presents video courses and different digital academic materials for learners in Nigeria.
Teesas, which was launched lower than two months in the past, has had a speedy takeoff, resulting in a profitable $1.6 million pre-seed funding spherical. Izedonmwen plans to make use of the funding to broaden into new markets, launch a market that can hyperlink learners with tutors for personal classes, and broaden the vary of merchandise in its portfolio.
“We began beta testing round August this 12 months, and totally launched the android model in November. Already Teesas has over 150,000 downloads on the Google Play retailer, the place we at the moment are rising by at the least 20% each week,” Izedonmwen instructed FiratNews.
Teesas’ content material is aligned with Nigeria’s nationwide curriculum, and is delivered to learners in each stay and recorded codecs, via a subscription program that begins at $6 a month. Along with common faculty work, the startup additionally presents native language courses.
“Reside courses cope with ideas the place learners have challenges. The learners sit with academics in small distant courses of 10 or 15 for a personalised engagement, and to get extra rigor into the educating course of,” stated Izedonmwen.
Within the close to future, Teesas will provide full-curriculum modules for learners aged as much as 12 years.
“We foresee a future the place children don’t must attend in-person courses as a result of they’ll cowl complete curriculums on an app, and be prepared sufficient for his or her secondary faculty entrance exams,” he stated.
Teesas can also be set to introduce life-skill courses within the first half of subsequent 12 months to arrange learners for self-discovery. That is along with anti-bullying classes, impressed by the studies of accelerating spate of bullying in Nigeria, with some incidents resulting in demise.
Work on Teesas started in March final 12 months, with the platform’s design and growth borrowing closely from its edtech friends in India, which have been used as benchmarks for content material construction and lesson supply.
“I used to be taking a look at India as a result of they’re actually superior, and have some massive corporations like Byju main the edtech revolution. I truly went on the market to spend a while to actually perceive the mannequin, and likewise checked out alternatives to enhance on what they have been doing…then we utilized indigenous adaptation,” he stated.
The variation he refers to, contains using native artwork, meals, animals, cultural practices and languages to enrich the training course of.
Whereas Izedonmwen is now totally engaged with Teesas, the place he’s the CEO, he additionally continues to function the chairman of Imose Applied sciences, the Lagos-based tech firm he based to fabricate and assemble digital gadgets together with cell phones, tablets, web routers and laptops.
“Teesas goes to have the largest impression on the way forward for training in Africa. And I actually need to make sure that I’m placing my finest effort in main that transformation – that’s why I’m specializing in it totally,” he stated whereas confirming that a part of their subsequent plan can be to enter new markets in Francophone, East and Southern Africa.
Earlier than he based Imose, Izedonmwen, a educated engineer, labored on the oil and fuel firm ExxonMobil for 15 years, rising via the ranks to turn into the corporate’s operations supervisor in Nigeria.
Teesas now joins a rising checklist of edtech startups in Africa which have in current instances obtained funding from buyers having a bet on the fledgling edtech business in Africa – which has just lately seen an upsurge pushed by the tailwinds of the covid pandemic.
Among the many new gamers within the area are Kenya’s Kidato and Craydel, and Nigeria’s Edukoya and ULesson.
Teesas spherical was led by Haresh Aswani, Tolaram Group’s Africa managing director, with the participation of Olivegreen Advisory Companions, an Africa-focused enterprise studio, and different angel buyers.
“We consider within the mission Izedonmwen and the Teesas staff has set forth on, and we’re assured that they’re finest suited to crack the problem of utilizing know-how to boost entry to high quality training throughout Africa,” stated Aswani.