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South African tech start-up gets R3.27 million funding from Facebook and launches in the UK

Online course platform, Hyperion Development brings software and programming skills to the UK market.

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South African online course company, Hyperion Development launches a new website in the United Kingdom.

The company offers part-time online courses for various programming and software development skills and pairs students with mentors and tutors from around Africa.

This offering is also sold to working professionals looking to make a career change and African tech companies who train their employees.

The new launch opens the opportunity to the overseas market and to connect Africa to the world.


Riaz Moola, founder and managing director, discovered that an average 88% of enrolling students across all universities fail the course, each year

And because of this, Moola came up with the idea of Hyperion Development.

I believed that we could play a part in reducing youth unemployment by exposing disadvantaged youth to software development education, allowing them to bypass traditional employment to enter well-paying careers as software developers, economically empowering them,” Moola said.

Hyperion Development is one of the few online study platforms that offers a one-on-one mentorship programme, where an expert is available to communicate every day, schedule weekly calls, and mark submitted work and give feedback within 24 hours of submission.

The mentors are sourced through a rigorous and lengthy process and from that, less than 1% are ultimately selected as mentors.

The company also offers free courses to low-income and unemployed youth through a cross subsidisation model.

For each course that Hyperion Development sells, a free course is offered to one low-income or unemployed youth in Africa.

Teachers in South Africa also qualify for a free course, if they are registered with the Computer Science Teachers Association of South Africa.

The start-up recently received R3.27 million funding from Facebook, which was rewarded as a result of winning Innovation Challenge in the Education division.


The start up was the only South African company that received funding from Facebook and is the second biggest funding after the R1.3 million received from Google earlier this year.

Google has played a significant role in the growth of Hyperion Development since December 2015.

The new partnership with Facebook will further reinforce the company’s brand and prove its quality to the world.

Our link with Facebook allows us to grow an internationally useful product and to let Africa teach the world something.”

Moola added that the mentors in Africa can deliver an online product and educational experience that is not yet in existence in the British market.

We will also become the first educational platform of this kind to be launched of the Facebook Free Basics platform. This means that students will be able to access our free courses even if they have no data or airtime through phone operators such as Vodacom and Cell C in South Africa. This will ensure that we can constitute to scale our social impact.”

The start-up was launched in 2012 and has since grown to over 10 000 registered students from 20 countries.

They are also the first online platform to launch training in Android mobile development in Africa, and are the largest trainer of many recent tech skills such as Python and Django.