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Pearson Affordable Learning Fund and Village Capital announced the thirteen participants of its edupreneurs program in Africa. Six of the participants come from South Africa, two from Tanzania, two from Nigeria, and one from Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia respectively. The thirteen participants were selected out of 120 applicants from across the continent.
The startups will now participate in a mentorship program starting on October 16th. Two winners will be selected through peer review of the participants and will receive up to $75k in seed funding in January 2015.
Following last year’s program in India, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund and Village Capital are looking for their next batch of edupreneurs in Africa. The edupreneurs program will operate in South Africa but education entrepreneurs from the entire continent are invited to apply for the incubator program.
Pearson and Village Capital are looking for startups that serve students in low-income communities. Projects need to be for-profit but not necessarily tech focused. The program will start in fall, hosting up to 15 startups. The two winners, which will be selected through peer review, will receive up to $75k in seed funding.
Applications for the program are now open and close end of August with the selected participants being announced end of September. The program starts in October and runs through early January.
Academic publishing company Elsevier and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) have partnered to support the development of research and technology throughout Africa.
Through the partnership members of the AAS will get access to content of Elsevier’s online training and workshop platform for young professionals called Elsevier Publishing Connect in order to learn how to write a scholarly paper, how to apply for a grant successfully or how get get published in high impact journals among other topics. Furthermore, AAS members will get access to Elsevier editors and publishers through live webinars organized by the AAS.
The African Academy of Sciences and Elsevier hope to spread knowledge about scientific publishing more widely and thus foster the quality of scientific output in Africa.
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Apollo Global, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, acquired an 81% consolidated interest in South African private tertiary education provider Milpark Education for around $25.6 million.
Milpark Education offers a range of courses tailored to the need of working adult learners.