iHub Kenya, a technology incubator and accelerator based in Nairobi owned by Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), has acquired eLimu, an ed tech firm which provides digital educational content in East Africa.

CcHUB said the goal of the acquisition is to transform eLimu into the digital education platform arm of the company and eLimu will continue to focus on using technology to create interactive and engaging learning content customised to the African context which will be initiated using existing apps. CcHUB added that the acquisition will enable it to scale these apps beyond Kenya.

eLimu says it has an existing audience of approximately 500,000 teachers and learners a year, with Covid-19 accelerating the pace of e-learning.

eLimu’s founder, Nivi Sharma, said: “I’m thrilled to see eLimu spread its wings across Africa to make learning fun and engaging for even more children. eLimu will continue to leverage its deep knowledge of the education system to tap into the opportunity to transform learning everywhere.”

Bosun Tijani, chief executive of CcHUB, added: “Education is the bedrock of healthy societies. As we continue to contribute to shaping the innovation ecosystem in Africa, accelerating the application of innovation and technology in improving education outcomes will be crucial to driving our overall agenda.”

Date published: 3 November 2020

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