Kukua, an edutainment startup in Africa has announced that it has raised $6 million in a Series A funding round led by Chinese based internet giant, Tencent and Italian based VC Alchimia.
In 2018, the company raised $2.5 million in a seed funding round led by Echo VC, the leading Africa-focused venture capital firm, alongside Founders Factory, Kima Ventures, and Burda Media, as well as a strong group of angels including Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen (Former VP of mobile at Uber and Dropbox)
Other investors in the new funding round include EchoVC, firstminute Capital, and Auxxo Female Catalyst.
Founded in 2018 by Lucrezia Bisignani , Kukua is the creator of “Super Sema,” the first African animated superhero franchise. Set in an Afro-futuristic world, SUPER SEMA is an exciting roller coaster of daring adventures, STEM inventions, and kid-power to save the village from a heartless AI Robot.
According to the company, this investment will support its goal to continue building an IP-centric kids’ “edutainment” universe with new Super Sema original content, licensing, merchandise, and publishing offerings.
In 2017, Airtel Africa partnered with Kukua in a bid to improve children literacy skills through interactive mobile games.