[Accra, Ghana] (Jan 18, 2022) — SuaCode.ai, a Ghanaian-led EdTech AI startup has been selected to The Elite 200, the acclaimed list of semifinalists in The GSV Cup — the world’s largest pitch competition for EdTech startups run by female-led, multi-stage venture capital firm GSV Ventures. Companies selected to The Elite 200 represent the top pre-seed and seed-stage startups in digital learning across the “Pre-K to Gray” space. SuaCode.ai will now compete for up to $1M in cash and prizes in San Diego this April at the ASU+GSV Summit, the annual education technology event hosted by Arizona State University and GSV Ventures.
SuaCode.ai was selected from a global applicant pool of 750+ companies, the largest application pool for the GSV Cup yet. More than 175 judges from leading venture capital firms and strategic partners in digital learning like Accel, General Atlantic, Reach Capital, and Owl Ventures, among others, used rigorous criteria to determine the 200 most promising companies.
SuaCode.ai is an EdTech AI startup seeking to democratize science and technology education across Africa using smartphones and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The company recently launched its coding learning app, SuaCode on the Google Play Store. SuaCode provides young Africans with courses to learn in-demand coding and artificial intelligence skills. Their flagship ‘Intro to Programming’ course now has more than 600 graduates from two dozen countries. The courses on the SuaCode app are available for free, however, learners can unlock premium features for a fee.
“We’re excited about this recognition because we’ve been working hard on our mission to transform remote education in Africa through innovative technology,” says George Boateng, co-founder, and CEO of SuaCode.ai. “We are open to government and corporate partnerships to make our technologies more accessible.”
“We’re at a critical and exciting time for the future of society,” said Deborah Quazzo, managing partner of GSV Ventures. “The pandemic has made it increasingly clear that Ed is on The Edge — on the edge of innovation, transformation, globalization. We’ve always imagined a new era in which ALL people have equal access to the future, and this year’s Elite 200 companies are emblematic of that vision. We’re proud to name the 200 semifinalists in the GSV Cup competition and look forward to having them pitch live at the ASU+GSV Summit.”
The Elite 200 companies serve learners from Pre-K to Gray, with companies well-distributed across the following categories: Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Adult Enterprise Learning. The 2022 Elite 200 continues to break barriers, comprised of an increasingly diverse and global group:
- 58% of companies have female founders
- 51% of companies have founders that identify as people of color
- 44% of companies are based outside the United States
The GSV Cup is powered by Google Cloud, HubSpot for Startups, HolonIQ, and GSV Ventures.