M-Shule, a Nairobi-based adaptive mobile learning management platform has come up first runners-up at the Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESA).
GESA is the biggest EdTech startup competition in the world. It was initiated back in 2014 through a partnership by MindCET by Israel and Open Education Challenge by the EU, and EdTech UK. The competition sees some 2,000 startups from across the world go head-to-head against one another for the title of Most Promising EdTech Startup of the year.
For this year, Japanese Arcterus bagged the title, with Kenya’s M-Shule coming in at first place runners-up and followed by India’s Mentormind as second runners-up. The competition featured 15 EdTech startup finalists in the final leg of the competition.
GESA also helps in building local EdTech ecosystems and connecting them to international market players and mentors. Right now, GESA is the biggest promoter of Ed-Tech innovative solutions that are presenting solutions to challenges facing education sectors in various parts of the world.
M-Shule’s mantra is involving the whole community in a child’s education. The platform delivers personalized learning experience to each student and parent from the convenience of their homes via SMS. M-Shule analyzed the student’s progress and performance. Parents, teachers, and the school administration get the analytics, insights, and reports on the student’s progress through SMS and web platform. The M-Shule platform is powered by artificial intelligence to curate and deliver personalized mobile learning experience for each student.
In 2017, M-Shule raised undisclosed funding from the Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), which boosted their efforts in taking mobile learning to 144 million primary schools across sub-Saharan Africa.