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Zelda Learning

Sector: Education
Country: South Africa
Founders: Carla Wilby, Jasanth Moodley, Dominic Schorr
Funding: $70,000
Founded: 2017
Investors: Injini, Justin Drennan, Frederik Gerner, Bas Hochstenbach


Zelda is an Ed-Tech platform focused on connecting students to education and employment opportunities. They use personal and psychometric data to match high-potential students to the companies and opportunities that are right for them. The startup, which runs a bursary management platform that helps organisations find and filter talented youth and fund their university studies, was founded in 2017 by three former UCT students — Carla Wilby, Jasanth Moodley and Dominic Schorr. Last year, Zelda was selected among the startups that joined Injini’s incubator. They went on to receive $35,000 from Injini and an additional $35,000 from a group of three Angel Investors. The three angels are: Bas Hochstenbach — a co-founder of Asilia Africa and angel investor for Skill-Up Tutors (he helped the startup to this year raise funding from Knife Capita); Frederik Gerner — a co-founder of Ampelmann Operations and partner at venture capital group; and Justin Drennan — a co-founder of ParcelNinja and an investor for Superbalist. In a conversation with Ventureburn, Schorr, one of the co-founders, said that they have a team of six full-time and two part-time members. Their current focus has been on building its online platform. As such, the startup is generating only a ‘small revenue’ — from helping a small client run its leadership camp, said Schorr. However, with this latest round of funding the startup intends to concentrate on growing sales and improving its client-facing services, with Schorr adding that the company has just signed on a client to carry out a pilot.