Kenyan trivia startup, mSwali, raises funding to expand service from USSD to web app




Kenyan education-based trivia startup mSwali has raised a pre-seed funding round that will enable the firm to expand its mSwali Quiz MVP from USSD app to a web app.

mSwali a Kenyan mobile learning games developer which derives its unique name from two words, m for mobile and Swali which is Swahili for Question. The startup begun its operations in the year 2020 with its flagship game the mSwali Quiz which is currently available on USSD in Kenya (Dial *397# on Safaricom) and South Africa. mSwali Quiz has questions which aid learning about African countries, the continent & the world as a whole.

(TOP: James Kabiru and Patrick Mungai, the co-founders of mSwali quiz app).

Patrick Mungai, the co-founder and CEO of the firm said, “mSwali is a platform that aims to promote the desire & curiosity to know more within the African adult population, using mobile-based learning games that are fun, rewarding & easily accessible. We believe knowledge is power and it enhances people’s overall well-being.”

The pre-seed funding will enable mSwali to expand its mSwali Quiz within South Africa via a web app.

“There are very few mobile-based learning games focused on the African adult population, but we instead have a proliferation of hundreds of betting & gambling platforms across the continent. mSwali aims to counter this by enhancing learning among the adult population through the educational games available on the platform,” says Patrick Mungai.

You can access mSwali Quiz in Kenya through the USSD code *397#.

mSwali (which refers to m for mobile and swali for question in Swahili) ,is a mobile based learning games developer with origins in building learning games for the African market. The firm’s main product is the mSwali Quiz which enables players to learn about the African continent.
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