Snapplify

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Snapplify
IndustryEdtech
Founded2011
Headquarters
ServicesSoftware, e-learing, digital education content, related educational services, devices
Websitewww.snapplify.com

Snapplify is an edtech company, specialising in the enablement of digital learning by establishing a marketplace for digital education content, related educational services, and devices.[1] Snapplify is Africa's largest ebook aggregator and distributor, with an ebook offering of over 240 000 titles from over 250 publishers.[2] Snapplify has worked with over 1000 schools across Africa, offering them digital education tools.[3]

Snapplify's award-winning hardware distribution solution for ebooks – the Snappbox – allows schools with limited or no connectivity to access learning materials, saving data and download time.[4] Snapplify has won multiple awards for their technical innovations in digital distribution for emerging market classrooms.[5]

Snapplify was founded by Wesley Lynch in 2011 in South Africa. The business has expanded into Africa, Europe and the United States, with offices across South Africa, as well as in Nairobi, Amsterdam and New Jersey.

History[edit]

Snapplify was launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2011, as a subsidiary of Realm Digital.[6] The company secured a number of global partnerships, working with brands such as Random House, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone, Ramsay Media, and First National Bank (FNB).[7]

In 2015, South African venture capital firm AngelHub, backed by former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan and RMB co-founder Paul Harris’ family, announced that it had invested in Snapplify.[8] In 2016, Snapplify raised expansion capital from existing funder AngelHub Ventures, as well as new backers from South Africa and the UK to enable the company's continued growth into new markets in Africa.[9]

In 2019, Snapplify secured $2 million expansion capital from venture capital firm Knife Capital, and empowered African investment manager Hlayisani Capital's Hlayisani Growth Fund.[10]

In early 2019, Snapplify released basic Engage – a free version of their Engage e-learning platform.[11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2012, Snapplify won the Cape Town Entrepreneur Competition in the Growth Stage category.[12]

Snapplify won the 2014 Tech Innovation Prize at the FutureBook Awards[13] for the Snappbox, their hardware distribution solution for ebooks.[14] In the same year, Snapplify was a finalist in BookExpo America's startup challenge.[15]

Snapplify was recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) as one of the Companies to Inspire Africa for 2017[16] and 2019.[17] The company also won an SAB Innovation Award (2015)[18] and was nominated for the 2017[19] and 2018[20] Eduweek Awards.

In 2017, Snapplify was selected from over 900 applications as one of 20 African companies to participate in the World Bank's XL Africa accelerator programme.[21]

In November 2017, Snapplify was awarded the Education Award at the 2017 AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards, focused on recognising excellence in mobile and tech in Africa.[22]

In November 2018, Snapplify won the Reimagine Education Overall EdTech Award, as well as the category award for E-Learning. At the South African semi-finals for the Global EdTech Startup Awards, Snapplify came first place in the semi-finals.[23]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Econet Partners South Africa's Snapplify To Zero Rate E-Book Downloads". Techzim. 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  3. ^ "Snapplify launches free version of e-learning platform: Engage | Adessa". Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  4. ^ Shezi, Lungelo (2014-11-20). "Snapplify scoops international innovation award for ebook distribution solution". htxt.africa. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  5. ^ "Snapplify Wins 2 Reimagine Education Awards & Global Edtech Startups Awards Semi-finals". innovation-village.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  6. ^ "Daily Maverick: Snapplify - content start-up goes global in a snap".
  7. ^ "Ventureburn: SPi Global partnership".
  8. ^ "Michael Jordaan injects investment in e-book start-up". Fin24. 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  9. ^ Moyo, Admire (2016-11-21). "Michael Jordaan-backed Snapplify raises capital". ITWeb. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  10. ^ "Michael Jordaan-backed Snapplify rises R29m expansion capital". ITWeb. 2019-09-25. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  11. ^ "Snapplify launches free version of e-learning platform: Engage | Adessa". Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  12. ^ "Snapplify takes 1st place in Cape Town Entrepreneur Competition". Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  13. ^ "Nosy Crow, Profile and PRH among FutureBook's innovation winners | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  14. ^ Shezi, Lungelo (2014-11-20). "Snapplify scoops international innovation award for ebook distribution solution". htxt.africa. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  15. ^ "BEA competition drives book industry innovation". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
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  19. ^ "EduWeek 2017 award winners". www.bizcommunity.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  20. ^ Scholtz, Christoff. "Education innovators honoured at EduWeek Africa | Global Africa Network". Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  21. ^ Malinga, Sibahle (2017-09-05). "SA start-ups selected for World Bank accelerator". ITWeb. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  22. ^ "African app creators recognised". ITWeb. 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  23. ^ "Snapplify Wins 2 Reimagine Education Awards & Global Edtech Startups Awards Semi-finals". innovation-village.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.