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Edtech Startup, Gradely Wins MEST Africa Nigeria Challenge, to Compete For $50,000 Prize

After schools in the country shut down due to COVID-19, the startup offered 1000 parents the opportunity to help their children experience live tutoring with highly experienced Mathematics tutors.

Ola Olaoluwa
Ola Olaoluwa

Edtech startup, Gradely, has emerged the winner of the MESTAfrica country challenge for Nigeria. About 9 startups made it to the final challenge which held on July 22.

Gradely offers personalised learning with tools and content that can support students’ learning process through its online platform.

After schools in the country shut down due to COVID-19, the startup offered 1000 parents the opportunity to help their children experience live tutoring with highly experienced Mathematics tutors. The tutoring was free for a period of 1 month.

In April 2020, Gradely received an undisclosed investment sum from Microtraction. That investment was the VC firm’s first for this year and only its second in the edtech sector.

Gradely was one of the 8 that was selected for the Facebook Startup Accelerator in 2019. It raised $35,000 from the FB Accelerator, according to Crunchbase.

The Gradely team has significant experience in educational technology. Its 4 co-founders all have hands-on experience working with other edtech startups.

The CEO, Boye Oshinaga, was once the Vice President of Edutech for Venture Garden Group and co-founder of Riby Finance.

As the winner of the MESTAfrica country challenge in Nigeria, Gradely will be proceeding to the Africa-wide finals to compete for the winning prize of $50,000 equity funding.


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