Genius Group reports that it has successfully signed an agreement with E-Square Education group based in South Africa to increase entrepreneurship education in Africa. The acquisition is a takeover of E-Square’s primary, secondary and tertiary education platforms which include their Ed-U College (Port Elizabeth), Ed-U Academy (Ed-U Academy), Private Schools, E-Cube Online and Ed-U City Campus.
E-Square Education group’s acquisition by Genius Group is the latest in a series thanks to its mission of providing an internationally accredited entrepreneurship education curriculum for the 21st century.
The report indicates this is the second acquisition by Genius Group in South Africa, after it had initially acquired Tau Game Lodge, the luxury Safari Lodge and Conference Centre in Madikwe Game Reserve.
By way of snippet of information, Genius group is the world’s leading entrepreneurship education group and it is the holding company for GeniusU, Genius Institute and Genius School. Especially for GeniusU, it is an edtech platform which provides over 1.4 million students across 200 nations with personalised learning paths and microdegrees on business building skills.
E-Square Education has since 1994 been providing entrepreneurship education and accredited by the Department of Education in South Africa. The edtech company seeks to provide a unique pathway of early learning, primary, secondary and tertiary education to over 38,000 students, aged between 6 and 80 across multiple campuses and online.
The goal of E-Square Education is to produce self-motivated individuals who are ready to tackle the next phase of their lives, whether in education, the corporate world or as an entrepreneurs.
E-Square Education is already in partnership with Microsoft Imagine Academy which is enabling students to become computer literates, using cutting-edge technology relevant for this new tech era and ensuring they are both skills as well as job ready.
The founder and CEO of E-Square Education, Lili Niemann, was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year in South Africa at the 2020 Global Corporate Excellence Awards and among other numerous awards to her name. She is a celebrated and dedicated educational entrepreneur who has built her career on making quality learning accessible to all.
The deal of the agreement still retains Lili Niemann the CEO and she comments saying,
“I am thrilled that E-Square Education is going to be part of Genius Group, as our aims and vision for the future of education are perfectly aligned. Together we are a global provider of relevant, quality education to create entrepreneurs who are job creators, rather than seekers.”
Lili continues that, the move towards online learning was critical as the world faces the challenges of COVID-19, and both E-Square Education and Genius Group, she reiterated, are focused on making entrepreneurship education easily accessible.
On his side, Roger James Hamilton, the CEO and Founder of Genius Group, believes that,
“Lili has done an amazing job in growing E-Square Education into an integrated pathway from early learning through primary, secondary and college level entrepreneur education.”
Africa, for Hamilton, is home to the fastest growing entrepreneur economies and they both are committed to growing the E-Square Education system together with Genius School and Genius Institute throughout Africa and the world.
This agreement we are told, is one of a succession of acquisitions totalling over US$ 80 million that Genius Group has undertaken since the COVID-19 crisis began in March 2020, as it grows its entrepreneurship education programmes and community globally.
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9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding
Intrepid Entrepreneurs, a non-profit designed to catalyze the power and promise of young people and women to fundamentally advance their societies, recruited nine startups for the inaugural cohort of the Next Health Accelerator.
Female, African entrepreneurs with a minimum viable product (MVP) from 26 countries applied to the program. After a rigorous review process, nine startups from seven countries were selected to begin the program in March 2021. The investor readiness accelerator is six months long and includes $15,000 seed funding, international mentors and partners, business support services, and value chain access.
The Next Health Accelerator’s focus on sexual and reproductive health is founded on the premise that unmet needs for sexual education, menstrual hygiene management, family planning, medication abortion, and STI diagnosis and treatment will be most sustainably delivered by local African enterprises.
Sexual and Reproductive Health issues directly affect 300 million women and girls on the continent and the productivity of the entire continent. For the continent to prosper and support its burgeoning youth population, it must harness the demographic dividend with access to equitable healthcare and economic opportunities. Next Health Accelerator addresses both.
The 2021 cohort includes:
- Rocket Health: Provides telemedicine and pharmacy services for SRH needs including convenient lab test retrieval and medication delivery in Uganda
- Verifie: Delivers STI self-tests and treatment products via doorstep delivery in Ghana
- Pharmaserve: Specializes in delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in Nigeria through a fully integrated inventory monitoring system
- Girls Pride: Provides menstrual hygiene management education and skills training to create reusable pads in The Gambia
- Pad-Up Creations: Employs over 100 people in Nigeria to produce single-use, chemical-free pads sold in 16 countries
- Valorigo: Manufacturers single-use sanitary eco-friendly pads made from locally grown bamboo in the Congo
- The Grace Cup: Delivers SRH education and reusable menstrual cups in Kenya
- Kosmotive: Provides SRH information and access to SRH self-care products in Rwanda
- Massira: Delivers SRH information interactively as well as access to SRH services and products through an online community in Ghana
Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,
She continued that, development policies made in Washington, D.C. or London need to make room for the power and promise of the youth and women on the African continent. And on this premises, their Next Health Accelerator catalyzes African startups to investor readiness to make scalable, sustainable impact imbued with the commitment and determination that only comes from homegrown ideas.
Visit the intrepidentrepreneurs.org to learn more about the Next Health Accelerator 2021.
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