April 26, 2023

Black Founders Join Stemuli’s Game-Based Educational Metaverse In New Merger

Stemuli, a Black woman-owned edtech company providing AI-driven game-based learning through its educational metaverse, has announced the merger of infinity.careers and Oppti into Stemuli.

Immersive education

A lack of engagement in K-12 classrooms today is resulting in math and science scores being at an all-time low. This creates long-lasting negative impacts not only for the students themselves but also for their communities and the national economy.

Stemuli reports that we facing a loss of $8.5 trillion in potential earnings because students are not prepared for the workforce that awaits them.

Stemuli brings a one-of-a-kind 3D game-based platform to the core classroom, leveraging the power of online communities, AI, and game-based learning to provide a metaverse with immersive academic and career exploration experiences. The aim is to navigate a student from their current academic proficiency to their dream job.

3 becomes 1

The merger of Infinity.careers and Oppti into Stemuli will see all companies focused on providing career navigation tools to empower students with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century economy.

Infinity.careers founder Naomi Thomas will take on the role of Head of Digital for Stemuli, while Oppti co-founder Khiry Kemp will serve as Head of Operations.

“This merger marks an important milestone for both black entrepreneurs and the edtech industry as a whole,” said Stemuli founder and CEO Taylor Shead.

CEO Taylor Shead
Taylor Shead. Image credit: Kathy Tran, Daniel Rockey, and Vicky Boudta

“We are excited to join forces and bring our collective expertise to create a company that truly empowers students and addresses the needs of the education system. We believe that education is the key to unlocking opportunities and driving social and economic mobility, and we are committed to making that a reality for students across the country.”

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The three founders, Taylor Shead, Naomi Thomas, and Khiry Kemp, met in Jobs for the Future‘s (JFF) Entrepreneur in Residence incubator, led by JFFLabs, JFF’s innovation lab.

“Stemuli is a shining example of what can happen when we bring together and incubate talented and driven entrepreneurs to collaborate and catalyze new ways to support people facing systemic barriers to advancement,” Kristina Francis, executive director of JFFLabs, said in a press statement.

“We are thrilled to see the success of our program in action, and we look forward to seeing the impact this merger will have on the future of learning.”

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Samara Linton

Community Manager at POCIT | Co-editor of The Colour of Madness: Mental Health and Race in Technicolour (2022), and co-author of Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography (2020)