Skooqs: Equipping the African Child with Technology and Creative Skills


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Oluwadamilola Soyombo, Founder of Skooqs (Photo: Oluwadamilola Soyombo)

Skooqs is an e-learning platform focused on providing African children with access to technology and creative courses at a young age. The Skooqs product is for kids between age 5-18 years looking to learn creative skills. 

How It Started

3 years ago Oluwadamilola Soyombo founded TCKZone, a not-for-profit organization. Whose goal is to introduce kids in African rural communities to technology and other STEM fields. Thereby increasing the number of young minds in technology and preparing for the Future. Little did she know that she would move on to building Skooqs, the first online learning platform. Where African children can get access to technology and creative courses at a young age.

When the global pandemic (COVID-19) struck and everyone was going online. She knew immediately that they needed to go online as well in order to reach more children with these skills. Immediately, they launched zoom and telegram STEM training sessions. And recorded 3x growth in the number of kids trained compared to physical sessions.

Oluwadamilola applied for a venture building program “STEMeIn Africa Venture Challenge” as TCKZone. However, the feedback they got said, “We love what you are doing for African kids, and we absolutely love your team. However, we would need the business to have a sustainable business model”. In that meeting they got two options;

Option 1: Can you come up with a business model within 5 days and if we love it you can proceed in the program. Option 2: We can end the conversation here, and thanks for applying.

At that moment, Oluwadamilola took up the challenge, and with my team, mentors, friends, advisors, and with prayers, we were able to deliberate on different ideas and eventually came up with Skooqs.

Awards & Achievements

Mid-early July 2021, Skooqs qualified for the STEMeIn venture program, and after 3 months it emerged the winner in October. Skooqs, also won the Injini Edtech, virtual Bootcamp in November same year. Skooqs participated and won the Lagos Small Business Summit Pitch Competition by SME100Africa and Softcom. 

The E-Learning platform was also selected for the WITI program by Standard Chartered Bank and won a grant of 5 million Naira. In the space of 5 months, Skooqs have moved from just being an idea to having the product live, with courses, instructors, early users, and schools.

So when you think about African kids learning 21st-century skills, Skooqs is a go-to platform.

Founder

Oluwadamilola Soyombo is the Founder of Skooqs and a 25under25 an award-winning UI/UX Designer. Backed by eight years of experience working in the technology environment building products. Oluwadamilola holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Agriculture, Ogun State, Nigeria. She is a successful product designer with experience working in that capacity across several industries on 3 continents.

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