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Craydel is on a mission to democratize access to quality higher education in Africa

Craydel is on a mission to democratize access to quality higher education in Africa

We are transforming the way students in Africa discover, compare & apply to higher education by building:

  • The smartest search engine for higher education in Africa, backed by powerful AI & the largest inventory of quality programs on the planet
  • The most powerful higher education recommendation engine that matches a student's personality, grades, aptitude & budget to their best-fit programs and institutions
  • The most extensive career resources and the continent's best higher education counsellors to help each student make the higher education decision that is right for them and driven by desired career outcomes
We believe in the power of the youth in Africa to create lasting transformative change

Craydel’s Founding Team

  • Manish Sardana

    Manish Sardana

    Founder and CEO

    Manish is deeply passionate about building tech businesses that create impact at scale. Before Craydel, Manish worked at WPP-Scangroup for 7 years as MD for Squad Digital where he incubated two African tech start-ups: Optimus, a marketing automation SaaS platform and Goby, an E-commerce SaaS platform. Previously, he was on the leadership teams of EdTech and E-commerce start-ups in India. Manish holds a MBA from the FORE School of Management and a B.A (Hons.) Economics from Delhi University.

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  • John Nguru

    John Nguru

    Co-Founder and CTO

    John is passionate about using technology to drive change. Before Craydel, John worked at WPP-Scangroup for 9 years as a Development Team Lead for Squad Digital, where he co-founded two African tech start-ups side-by-side with Manish. In this role, he also managed a team of 30+ developers to design technology solutions for large corporates in Africa across various industries including education, fintech, E-commerce, banking, insurance and telecom. John holds a M.Sc IT from Strathmore University and a BSc Computer Science from Makerere University.

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  • Shayne Aman Premji

    Shayne Aman Premji

    Co-Founder and CFO

    Shayne is committed to expanding access to high quality education and healthcare in Africa to empower millions of people to improve their economic outcomes and quality of life. Prior to joining Craydel, Shayne advised and invested in numerous companies in Africa at a leading private equity fund and the International Finance Corporation. He began his career as an investment banker in Canada. Shayne holds a Post-Graduate Certificate from INSEAD and a BCom (Honours) from Queen's University.

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Investors

  • Enza Capital
  • Britegaze
  • Future of Learning Fund
  • Bisk Ventures
  • Tekton Ventures
  • Chandaria capital
  • Lofty Inc
  • Cubd Ventures

Craydel in the News

  • Kenyan EdTech startup Craydel raises $1 million to grow its higher education platform

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021

    Craydel provides students with options at every level, including online certificate programs, for which they can enroll to test the waters before settling on a final decision about the careers they want to pursue.

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  • Platform equips students with tools and guidance to choose courses

    Monday, August 2, 2021

    Many parents already know what they want their children to become even before they are born – engineer, doctor, lawyer, pilot, and other ‘top’ professions. As a result, the children’s opinion or choice is utterly ignored.Thereafter, the constant pressure to live up to the parents’ expectations takes a toll on the child’s mental health.....

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  • Platform steering students to their dream career paths

    Thursday, August 5, 2021

    Majority of student transitioning from secondary schools into institutions of higher learning select courses based on influence from family, friends or celebrities. In other cases, freshmen are allocated programmes by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) based on high school grades.....

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