Why you should invest in us
We have successfully raised substantial funds in this round from tech investors and will only accept additional investments on a first-come, first-served basis. We've grown revenue approaching 10X in 2 years and reached profitability, proving we can scale and that what we do is a pivotal part of the digital world. We started as a community of university students trying to help other students actually understand coding as part of their Computer Science degrees.
Today, we support more students become developers than nearly all the Computer Science departments we first came from, combined, and have grown to be one of the largest mentor-led tech education providers in not just the UK and South Africa, but in the world.
Now is your time to be a part of what we know is the tech education model for the future, and be a part of our next phase of growth as we expand into international markets and build technology that enables humans to support one another in tech education in more sophisticated ways. We're offering you this time-limited opportunity to join leading investors in our mission of closing the tech skills gap in a way that recognises the potential of both people and tech in the online education space.
active user growth since lockdown
revenue growth in 2 years
seed funding from Google & Facebook
reached in 2020
Do good with your investment
This crowdfund is an impact investment. This means that we’re putting our money where our mouth is to make tech education truly accessible to all. You can receive great financial returns while also making a difference. To this end, we will be providing up to - R3.5 million worth of coding scholarships for deserving students.
Keep an eye out on our social media channels for some of the inspiring stories we expect to see over the coming weeks.
“Education technology is becoming a global phenomenon, with the market is projected to grow at 17.0% per annum, to $252bn”
“This is your chance to get on board. It’s now or never.”
Riaz Moola, CEO & Founder of HyperionDev
"I started this dream with nothing but an idea at an African university to teach coding skills effectively at scale, getting my Com-Sci friends through their degrees. I quickly found myself and the concept getting backed by google and FaceBook and it rapidly scaled as a company, to the point where I can invite you to join our mission educating in over 26 countries to date."
Trusted by the best
“These are all examples of the great work being done by entrepreneurs across the African continent to strengthen their communities and create opportunity.”
Mark Zuckerberg on HyperionDev and the Innovation Challenge winners
Frequently asked questions
Crowdfunding is where a large number of people pool their money together to back a business they believe in, via an online platform. If you register for early access, you will receive further information on how this works.
Those who register early will get access to invest before the opportunity will open to the general public. We have already raised a substantial amount of funding from other investors during the course of 2020, and we won’t be able to accept all investors who want to contribute. We will accept investments on a first-come, first-served basis, up to a limit and have already raised the majority of our targeted total fundraise amount from strategic funders.
We will only be open to early access up until January 2021 and reserve the right to close the early access registration list at any time.
In 2020, we not only reached profitability but also raised the majority of additional financing from strategic funders so we can double down on what we do best: bringing accessible, essential tech skills to as many people as possible. The COVID pandemic resulted in a massive spike in demand for our services as more of our customers turned to online learning in the wake of campus closures, but also turned to upskilling in tech skills as a way to protect their careers.
We’ve decided to open up a limited portion of our funding round to our students and supporters to be a part of our journey, and also support the journey of who can’t afford to study with HyperionDev themselves - during this crowdfund, we’ll be giving back by awarding full scholarships to prospective HyperionDev students.
As 2020 draws to a close, we’ve seen strong growth in all key metrics - we’ve grown revenue over 600% since our last fundraise, active learners 289%, and taken customer Net Promoter Score up to an industry-leading 58. Our team itself has more than tripled in size yet we’ve continued to ensure our model is sustainable, generating millions of dollars in revenue in a way we’ve proven is sustainable.
These results show we’ve found product-market fit and been able to retain quality in the areas that matter as we scale, and that we’ve been able to smartly deploy the backing of supporters like Facebook & Google in achieving the results we have today.
With your investment, you will claim your part of an equity stake in HyperionDev, which carries with it relevant tax credits and rebates, such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme (if you’re based in the UK).
More importantly - you’ll get to be a part of our journey and be a part of what the new face of education looks like, as we double down on expanding into new markets and building new technology that makes tech education more accessible and more impactful.
The edtech market is growing massively, with a global market size nearing $404billion by 2025 (Holon IQ), and as a company that has previously been approached by multi-billion dollar companies for acquisition in the last 12 months, we believe we have the results, skills, model and technology to return not just good financial returns to our investors, but do good at the same time.
We’re putting our money where our mouth is - by investing in our crowdfunding round, you get to directly changing the lives of people who want a coding education, but can’t afford it. To this end, we will be providing up to R3.5 million worth of coding scholarships for deserving students - find out more here.
Simply enter your email address in the form on this page. More information may be requested by email to confirm your early access status and you will get first access to our crowdfunding page to make an investment when it goes live, so keep your eye out for a email to confirm your status or get the link to invest. For questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re on the early access mailing list, you’ll get access to a website to make an investment of as little as £10/R200. After our early access phase - if there’s still space remaining - you can also make an investment via this website. Simply sign up here for more information and to be one of the first to invest as soon as our investment opportunity goes live.
The human touch. Bots cannot teach people how to code - which is why we exclusively use human mentors and expert code review services to improve graduation rates, prevent student drop-out, and create developers who understand why they write code a certain way, rather than copy forums and pre-prepared bot answers. In fact, our backbone of expert code review services is so good that it’s used across the world by dozens of start-ups and tech education organisations to teach and detect good code.
We started out as a small community of university students trying to help our peers learn coding to pass their Computer Science degrees at universities in Africa and the UK. Today, we train more developers in a year than nearly all of these original Computer Science departments combined.
In this journey, we’ve received backing from Facebook (as winners of the Internet.org Grand Prize as one of the most socially impactful tech startups operating in Africa, and as a startup incubated by Facebook’s London Lab programme), Google (as recipients of a CS4HS and Community of Practice of coding educators award), the celebrity DJ Black Coffee, in-kind contributions by the University of Cambridge’s Social Enterprise incubator and the City of London’s Co Investment Fund, and a slew of private investors and venture capitalists.
We aim to list our shares on a secondary market enabled by crowdfunding, or via trade sale or IPO. This isn’t a distant reality for us - in the last 12 months we have been approached by multi-billion dollar companies looking to acquire our business.
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