In our quest to expose innovators that are being incubated by The Innovation Hub we have met some great young people with big ideas that come up with everyday solutions for this fast paced life we leading and such a person is Xola, the founder of an innovative company called Limu. Xola is from Benoni, yes the same place Charlize Theron was raised. He has lived in a number of places growing up including Lesotho and the USA but is proud to call the East Rand his home. He studied Finance Economics at The University of Cape Town (UCT) but get this, never had a boss, started the business fresh from school and has been flowing since. While at UCT, Xola says they had portals which allowed the students to communicate with the lectures, access their timetables and results and that’s where the idea of starting Limu was born.
Limu is a Swahili word which means ‘Learn’. Limu has developed of software for high schools in SA which allows learners to access text book, worksheets, announcements, timetables and all from their computers at school or home. The beauty about this is that it also allows for Parents to see how their kids perform, what homework and assignments they have. The part that truly stood out though is that this allows for parents to have virtual meetings with their children’s teachers while they at work or traveling abroad, this helps parents communicate frequently.
St Mary, Kingsmead college, Boksburg High are just some of the existing clients at Limu, they have tested the product, they love it and have now made it a part of their daily school life. Limu has a dedicated team which spends time teaching both learners and teachers on how to use the portal so no one has an excuse to not be a part of the digital evolution. Limu also offers links to Videos, worksheets, interactive chats for the students and teachers on a monitored environment to ensure they avoid things such as cyber bullying and inappropriate conversations online.
Limu moved into The Innovation Hub in October 2013 and their business has reached new heights due to the support from the hub. Xola says “the biggest help was from Jason White who has been the coolest mentor, and gives the most practical advice”. He also thanked The Hub for help with access to funding, access to the eco-systems with the professional services, and most importantly loneliness because now you have access to people who are your age, driven with the same passion and you able to share ideas in a common space, entrepreneurship can be a very lonely road and we are glad TIH has made it possible for great minds to share the same breathe.
The future is bright for Limu and Xola says he wants At least 70% of schools in SA using Limu very soon. Every learner should one day be able to login and access their specific subjects and get online assistance and tutoring. Currently every learner, parent and teacher have their own unique password which takes them to their specific page so Limu is already very advance. If you are a teacher, school principal or even a parent, make a suggestion that your child’s school adopts this level of communication, your life will never be the same again. We hereby say Xola is a Nunnovator as he has found a way to make the lives of people better, easier and more sustainable in our schools and we hope this will spread to other nations in Africa too as we work towards an advanced Africa.