The Student Hub: Story, Founders, Investors & Funding Rounds
The Student Hub increases access to vocational education for large numbers of students, whilst reducing the costs of delivery of education and training, by partnering with government-accredited Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges to help them deliver their courses online.
The Student Hub increases access to vocational education for large numbers of students while reducing the costs of delivery of education and training.
The company helps overcome the constraints of limited physical infrastructure and related resources by partnering with government-accredited technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges, to help them deliver their courses online. The online platform also connects graduates with work opportunities related to their skill sets.
The Student Hub digitizes TVET course content to present curricula in a personalized and learner-centric environment through a 100% online distance learning model, as well as through a blended learning model for students who attend classes in person at TVET campuses nationwide.
The platform also provides tools for lecturers and tutors to track individual student performance, and for heads of faculties to measure the productivity and performance of lecturers in real time.
The e-learning company has also developed crowdfunding tools to assist students in financing their studies and enable donors to follow the progress of their beneficiaries.
How it Works
The Student Hub provides online courses from South Africa’s leading TVET colleges, through private resources and the latest learning technology. Their selected courses equip students with the in-demand skills they need so that they can qualify for the job they want.
Through its partnerships with various colleges, The Student Hub enables students to be at the forefront of online learning. The Student Hub removes the limitation of a physical campus, which increases the number of students who can enroll.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to study with the college of their choice, using their learner management system that allows colleges to monitor each student’s performance.
This results in motivated students who work from the comfort of their homes, at their own pace, knowing that they are gaining the proper skills for their chosen field.
With online courses starting at only R3340 for two subjects, everyone has access to high-quality tertiary education.
You can book sessions with your academic coaches and lecturers via video, voice calls, or texts whenever you need to.
Online learning gives you the freedom to study anywhere, at any time. No classes or schedules; YOU can plan your day.
Graduates of any of The Student Hub’s college programs get their CVs presented to prospective employers via an Employer’s Portal.
You can also receive confirmation of your provisional acceptance within 24 hours of applying through our quick online application form.
The platform provides tools for lecturers and tutors to track individual student performance and for heads of faculties to measure the productivity and performance of lecturers in real-time, resulting in a marked increase in pass rates.
Additionally, an Enrolment Officer will contact you to complete the next steps of the application process and students who are provisionally accepted will have a secured seat in the online classroom. Placement is dependent on the completed application.
The Student Hub is also a technology company that believes that improving access to education for millions of students across South Africa is at the core of what they do and linking graduates with the right economic opportunities that relate to their skills is what the economy needs right now.
Kabeya Hertzy is the Founder & CEO of The Student Hub.
Hertzy Kabeya was struggling to realize his dream of launching an online educational platform in South Africa.
Fast forward to 2021, and this tech disruptor has made it onto the prestigious 2021 Forbes Africa 30 under 30 List featuring the continent’s top movers and shakers.
It was Kabeya’s passion to grow a business that improves people’s lives that caught the attention of Naspers Foundry, the South Africa-focused early-stage investment vehicle that helps talented and ambitious technology entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses.
Additionally, Kabeya Hertzy has had one past job as the Finance and Operations Manager at Pimp My book.
Kabeya Hertzy studied at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Investors & Funding Rounds
Nasper has reaffirmed its commitment to driving increased growth in South Africa’s technology sector through an R45 million investment in The Student Hub.
Coinciding with the third annual South Africa Investment Conference, the latest investment from Naspers Foundry, Naspers’s R1.4 billion early-stage tech investment vehicle, marks its fourth deal, bringing the total investments to approximately R200 million since its launch in 2019.
The startup has secured a ZAR45 million (US$2.9 million) funding round from Naspers, one of the largest technology investors in the world. Naspers launched Naspers Foundry, a ZAR1.4 billion (US$96 million) fund to help South African tech entrepreneurs grow their startups, in October 2018, and has since invested in SweepSouth, Aerobotics, and Food Supply Network.
Its investment in The Student Hub brings its total investment since launching Foundry to ZAR200 million (US$13 million).
The Student Hub crowdfunding tools assist students in financing their studies and enable donors to follow the progress of their beneficiaries, while an integrated skills marketplace matches graduates to entry-level job placements.
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