Algerian edtech startup Quizzito won the pitch competition at first edition of STEP Saudi last month. There were 100 startups that participated in the competition out of which 20 semi-finalists were chosen who were given three minutes to pitch their products on the stage. The judges then selected four finalists, all of which had to pitch again, this time with a quick Q&A session as well. Quizzito came out as a winner, winning different prizes from partners of STEP Saudi.
Founded in 2016 by Yusuf Chaib, Mahfoud Sidi, Fabienne Harizi and Abdelhamid Harizi, Quizzito is a SaaS platform that enables schools, educational centers and libraries create quiz games around any book in any language without any programming skills. The children can then read the books (offline), play the games related to these books, and then win points and rewards from the institute. The product aims to engage children and take a lot more interest in reading than they normally do by gamifying the process.
In their own words, they mix paper books with games and technology to help kids stay engaged and have fun while reading.
Quizzito claims that the institutions that have used its product have witnessed a significant increase in the number of books read by students.
The schools after their onboarding on the platform can have their teachers launch reading competitions simply by taking pictures of the chapters (content) quizzes should be around. Quizzito’s AI with human assistance then create MCQ-type quizzes. Children read the paper books, answer quizzes on their tablets or kiosks (set up by Quizzito), and win rewards for their reading.
The startup that currently has 40 schools as its customers in Algeria, Tunisia, Morroco, Jordan, UAE & Saudi, has helped over 30,000 children read 300,000 books.
Being part of the first cohort of 500 Misk Accelerator program in Riyadh, Quizzito has received $50,000 pre-seed investment from 500 Startups and is currently in the process of closing their seed round.
Correction: A previous version of the story mistakenly noted that STEP Dubai offers a cash prize to the winners of its pitch compeition.