Nathan Nwachuku got a taste of remote learning long before millions of other students were sent home at the height of the pandemic in 2020. The year before, he suffered a serious eye injury on his 15th birthday and had to stay home from school for five months to heal. That wound up becoming the catalyst for a business he hopes will revolutionise virtual education around the world.
Stuck at home in Port Harcourt and bored, Nwachuku, who at that point aspired to become a physics professor, decided to try teaching online classes on the subject to keep busy and earn some money. He wasn’t able to edit pre-recorded videos, so he pivoted to live classes—but even then, he struggled to find a platform on which to deliver them. That was when Nwachuku realised he would have to create the platform himself. Three years later, the 18-year-old is the co-founder and CEO of Klas, a live-class platform for content creators that raised an angel round of $130,000 in March. It will be open to the public later this month.
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