Injini/Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program 2024

Injini’s EdTech Fellowship Program, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind venture support initiative. This six-month fellowship is equity-free and takes a partnership approach to business acceleration. From May through October 2024, the program will focus on three core areas: market access, impact measurement, monitoring, and evaluation systems, and financial sustainability.


The EdTech Fellowship Program has three key objectives:

  1. Facilitating market access that increases reach to learners who are at the “bottom of the pyramid”;
  2. Designing and implementing or refining impact measurement, monitoring, and evaluation systems; and
  3. Improving financial sustainability, including investment readiness support, where appropriate.

If you are selected, you will receive Injini’s specialized acceleration support valued at over R2,500,000, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. The fellowship program offers hands-on support from specialists in education innovation, fundraising, impact M&E, commerce, and more. It also includes pedagogical evaluation and certification by EdTech Impact and Education Alliance Finland, bespoke market research support by Injini’s team of education innovation researchers, “Sponsored Skills” to produce targeted outputs and strengthen your overall capacity for long-term business success, networking opportunities, access to courses, and equity-free venture funding of over R1,000,000.

The fellowship program is only available to a select group of post-revenue, growth-stage startups that have the potential to reach 8,000 direct learners within one year of program participation. If you’re interested in applying, you should have a tech-enabled solution designed to increase access and improve educational outcomes in South Africa, preferably supporting learners in pre-primary education (ages 0-5), primary and secondary education (ages 5-18), and/or teacher training and professional development. Additionally, the applicant should be led by a diverse team with a strong understanding of the context in which they operate.

Injini and partners will finalize the shortlisting and announce the 12 selected EdTech Fellows at a public kick-off event on 11 April 2024. If you’re interested in applying for this incredible fellowship opportunity, the application deadline is February 13, 2024. Visit Injini’s website to apply and take advantage of this unique opportunity.


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