South African Startup, based in London, Hyperion Development has been buzzing over the past few weeks having won the Africa Innovation Challenge, run by Facebook – including $230,000 (R3.27 million) in funding.
Founded by Riaz Moola, originally from Durban with work experience at Google, it is the only South African organisation backed by both Google and Facebook.
Hyperion is a social enterprise that has built the first online course platform for computer science education supported by the largest online community of software developers, with over 40 experts based in South Africa.
It allows anyone to take online courses in coding with a personal computer or mobile phone; even without a broadband connection, which fewer than 1% of Africans have.
This is critical for South Africa’s economy - and they are hoping that the South African government Department of Science & Technology will match this funding to further foster international investment into SA. Not only does this connect South African expats living abroad to the SA economy via one on one mentorship – but every course they sell abroad subsides free education in the field for low income SA youth, working with various non-profits.
Riaz is currently based at the University of Cambridge's Business School incubator and they have just launched their new website for the overseas market. Any individual or company from outside Africa looking for training in software development can get this through Hyperion's online courses.
Choosing Hyperion means we'll be able to generate a larger social impact back home as a portion of all sales goes towards free courses for low income demographics.
To read a full interview with him by Simamkele Matuntuta for The South African, please visit their website.
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