NIGERIA – AltSchool, a Nigerian startup helping individuals to gain technical skills, has raised US$1 million in pre-seed funding to scale its efforts in training people to become junior to mid-level engineers.
AltSchool has an online school with a curriculum to upskill non-technical people with technical and soft skills.
It partners with higher institutions to provide diploma certificates to students.
The new funding will be used to advance investment to build its content and curriculum, technology infrastructure, and community concept that allows students to meet offline to network and learn together.
“We need to find a shortcut for people, whereby they will be able to make money and provide for their family and add value to the economy,” said Adewale Yusuf, CEO of AltSchool.
He also added that the platform seeks to provide avenues for participants, especially for those who are unable to secure admission into its program, to complete the entire nine-month program.
The platform currently employs an income-sharing agreement (ISA) model which allows students to complete the program and get hired after which they are expected to pay.
It plans to adopt a subscription model, where students pay between US$20-US$50 monthly for the duration of their program.
Startup Afrilearn offers free learning for Nigerian students
The platform empowers children ages 6years to 18years with free, fun, and world-class education for best grades in school and competitive examinations.
The startup also monitors every learner’s progress with detailed analytics to help every student identify their strengths and areas for improvement.
“Our innovative e-Learning platform offers richly animated and curriculum-based video lessons, class notes, practice exercises, live classes, a personalized learning dashboard, and many more learning resources,” said Isaac Oladipupo, Co-founder/CEO at Afrilearn.
Owing to its seamless fun learning experience, the award-winning education streaming startup has organically reached over 486,032 learners, with more than fifty thousand gamified quizzes, five thousand curriculum-specific class notes, and over three thousand video lessons.
Widely described as the Netflix of education for young Africans, 94% of students who use Afrilearn report achieving higher school grades, increased confidence, and exam success according to the founders.