Kenyan tech startup gets $125,000 seed funding as it joins Silicon Valley-based accelerator Y Combinator

Kidato Squad
Kidato team. [Photo: Disrupt Africa]

A Kenyan ed-tech startup, Kidato has broken record in becoming the country’s first of its kind to be incorporated into Silicon Valley after being accepted by Y Combinator.

This milestone comes with $125,000 (Ksh13 million) seed funding for Kidato by Y Combinator Winter 2021 batch.

Kidato was founded in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic by Sam Gichuru, the brains behind Nailab Incubator and has been instrumental in the provision of online learning for K-12 students.

The services offered are pocket-friendly and of high standards, something the suits the needs of the middle class in Africa.

A departure from the norm of a teacher student ratio of 50:1 in many African schools, including private ones, Kidato online classes have bridged this gap to offer a teacher student ratio of 5:1.

The international curriculum offered in high-end international schools in Africa is being offered by Kidato at less than half the amount of school fees paid per year.

With the seed funding, Kidato will have a wide array of investment opportunities in the Silicon Valley and also taking part in a demo scheduled for March 2021.

Other Africa startups that have been accepted into the Silicon Valley include Nigeria’s fintech Mono and Djamo from Ivory Coast.

Over 400 students have registered with Kidato while 200 continue using it for learning with its over 30 teachers at the beck and call of the students supplementing their learning with Kidato’s skill-based classes.

When it was launched, it attracted the attention of 30 students who are in full school.

With the new platform, Kidato is ready to continue making history in Silicon Valley, home to startups and renowned technology giants in the worlds such as Facebook, Google and Apple.