Launched in 2016, Praxilabs‘ online learning platform provides students with immersive science laboratories, as well as scientific experiments that aren’t possible in a real lab.
“While a lot of educational areas have benefited and progressed through ed-tech, the labs situation remained “as is”. It is important to get hands-on experience, and this went neglected for a long time”, said Khadija ElBedweihy, founder and CEI of PraxiLabs in a session with Disrupt Africa.
“Now with simulations, students get very close to the real experience and practice as much as possible so that they make the best out of it once they have a chance to get into a real lab, or even if they don’t get into the real lab they will have still learned, experienced and practised a very real-life-like environment”, she added.
Whilst commenting on the steady growth that the startup has recorded over the years Elbedweihy said
“Our initial aim was to create brand awareness and for people to get to know PraxiLabs. Things have increased heavily since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is increased demand for online learning. Until today, more than 65,000 students have benefited from our labs.”
The edtech startup is currently serving B2B customers in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United States (US), Peru, the United Kingdom (UK), Singapore and Thailand.
“We are aiming to heavily grow into the African markets, to further grow in the Americas and Europe, in addition to expanding further into Asia,” said ElBedweihy. The startup also has B2C users in 160 countries.
PraxiLabs raised $150,000 after participating in the Katapult Accelerator in Norway in 2018, besides that, it’s bootstrapped. ElBedweihy said the company is in the process of raising a round of funding and has received some soft commitments from angel investors.
“We are still looking for the right VC as we are not only interested in the cash but also the right network, experience and understanding of the ed-tech industry,” she said.
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