OB Crush: Kolawole Olajide Of Bridge Labs & Clock Education

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Technopreneur, Kolawole Olajide is a serial creative that has designed solutions in education, marketing, insurance and banking. Not only is he passionate about education, he strongly believes that many Africans will not be given education but they will have to take it.

Which is why his goal is to use his technical skills to bring good quality education closer to the masses at an affordable cost. Born on the 4th of November 1991 in Lagos, Nigeria, Kola moved to South Africa in 2009 to further his studies.

That’s when he met up with some graduates of the University of Cape Town and began his project, Funda, an online learning management system that brings together necessary educational resources to make the lives of teachers, students, and parents a bit easier. Kolawole has combined his passion for education access and technology together by creating a company which seeks to encourage African institutions to use data analytics to drive decisions in the learning environment.

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His enterprise is already curbing the youth unemployment rate directly in South Africa as it employs six youth and through long term efforts by improving the quality of education for Africans at the high school and University level.

Since Kolawole’s selection, he has achieved several milestones for his company. He has brokered a large, multi-year, multi-million rand contract with South African Universities. Since its launch in 2009, Funda has been recognized by several international bodies, including the United Nations Development Programme and the World Economic Forum.

It has also received a number of accolades, including the “Best Tech Innovation and Education” award at the U.N.’s World Youth Summit in 2012 and Mazar’s “Best Sustainable Business Model” prize. One of his major projects is with the African Leadership University, which seeks to use his platform at their ten University campuses expected to open by 2025. His company has been recognized as one of the top 13 education companies in Africa.

He also co-founded Bridge Labs and is the founder and CEO of Clock Education – a business dedicated to solving Africa’s education crisis through technology-based solutions.

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