Esseyi Connects African Students with University Programs Across the Continent

By : Adoni Conrad Quenum

Date : mercredi, 26 juin 2024 14:55

The solution was developed to help young Africans study in countries across the continent. It connects students with educational opportunities abroad, bridges gaps in access to quality education and fosters greater academic exchange.

Esseyi is an edtech startup developed by a Beninese company. It aims to  connect African students with universities across the continent for various degree programs. Founded in 2023 by Emeric Koda and Max Agueh, the startup is based in Cotonou. The name "Esseyi," which means "knowledge," is derived from Ikposso, a language commonly used in Togo. 

"We are convinced that by capitalizing on its youth, Africa will accelerate its economic and social development. Many countries currently experiencing strong development, such as Tunisia, Kenya, and Turkey, have invested in efficient and local higher education systems. Through this project, we also aim to limit Africa's brain drain to the west," says Emeric Koda.

Unlike many digital solutions, Esseyi does not have a mobile application. Instead, users access the platform through a web browser. By creating an account and filling out their student profile, users can access over 10,000 degree programs at 2,000 public and private institutions in 52 countries across the continent. Depending on their study plans, students can find suitable courses and proceed with the application process with the startup's assistance.

"We hope our platform will become a companion for students throughout their academic journey. In the medium term, students using Esseyi will be able to find housing, benefit from health insurance, open a bank account, and search for internships or jobs in Africa," explains Emeric Koda.

In June 2024, Esseyi was selected, along with five other Beninese edtech startups, to participate in the first cohort of the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship program at the Beninese incubator EtriLabs, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation. The eight-month program includes non-equity funding of $75,000.

Adoni Conrad Quenum


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