The Innovation Edge: Seeking Early Stage EdTech Hustler Solutions that impact children aged 0 to 6.

About the Opportunity

A call for innovative educational technology (EdTech) solutions that will result in quality home or center-based learning opportunities for children ages 0 to 6 living in South Africa.

Selected applicants will be supported to pitch their solutions to the Innovation Edge Investment Committee at a Zoom meeting in March 2021. Successful ventures will each receive up to R1.3 million in funding, strategic coaching, customized venture building support and connections to social capital.

Consideration Criteria.

We welcome applications from individual innovators, registered non-profit and for profit social enterprises in South Africa or those who are based out of the country with a venture that can be implemented in South Africa.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for consideration:

  • Ventures must be at the stage of either feasibility testing; or prototyping and market testing; or transitioning to scale. We do not accept ventures in the ideation phase.

  • Ventures must be innovative in that they find an entirely new way of doing things or repurpose an existing solution in order to solve an evidence-based problem.

  • The venture needs to have a capable and committed lead person, who is able to benefit from coaching.

  • The venture must, directly or indirectly, benefit children aged 0-6 years (this includes the period of development during pregnancy) in South Africa.

  • It must not exclude children in low-income families but can include children in middle/high-income families.

  • Ventures must be characterized by a high potential for creating a positive social impact on educational/developmental outcomes - likely with a specific mission to improve accessibility, quality and/or contextual relevance of education

Submission Deadline

31 October 2021

To Apply, Register for the Compulsory Online Briefing below:

For more information, please click on the link below

Contact Details


Marketing & Communications Team:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 670 9840

Mitch Miller:


DG Murray Trust House

1 Wodin Road

Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa

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