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Kenyan Edtech Startup, Kidato Raises $1.4M Seed Investment

Kidato, a Kenyan edtech startup for K-12 students has closed its $1.4 million seed funding. The investors include Learn Start Capital, Launch Africa Ventures Fund, Graph Ventures, and Century Oak Capital, among other notable local and global angel investors.

The Y Combinator-backed startup was founded by Kenyan serial entrepreneur Sam Gichuru in 2020. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kidato built a virtual school for kids. Since then, the startup has onboarded more than 50 students and claims to be growing at 100% quarter on quarter.

The company has also implemented after-school programs like robotics and chess, art, coding, and debate classes. 

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Kidato’s revenue split with teachers is 70/30; teachers take the larger percentage. Gichuru adds that if teachers combine their efforts in both normal and afterschool classes, they can earn an average of $2,000 per month.

Kidato is Gichuru’s second involvement at Y Combinator. The entrepreneur who founded one of Kenya’s well-known incubator Nailab, also co-founded the recruitment platform, Kuhustle.

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