Uniwhere is a mobile application for university students.
Students rely on personal friends and generic tools like WhatsApp groups to get help for their academic life: on Uniwhere, they can get in touch with all their classmates through a dedicated tool. Students can work together as a team, even if they never met before, chatting on exam-based discussion channels (think of Slack) where they can share notes, ask questions and get tips.
On the app, they can also find all their academic data and a personal calendar: They get value from individual tools, while enjoying the network effect of a vibrant community.
The secret sauce is the integration with the university systems: Uniwhere automatically gets its users' academic data, and based on that it aggregates them together.
Uniwhere is used by more than 90K students, 55% of whom are active monthly. It has integrated 51 universities in Italy, and it's about to support its first universities in France and Germany.
Interesting very directed market
90 k users and the website is down...
Shifting edu market to online tools like coursera
A very exploited market,
Many actual alternative in hand that you already use.
Obviously proven&successfull business model - which seems to provide a pretty usefull service
German data privacy law could hinder (public) universities to become customers. The vast majority of universities in Germany is public and pratically a "Behörde" (public legal body).
Growing number of private universities could put this to use to differenciate themselves in terms of early adoption of usefull technology
Competition from existing and very well established services like "Slack"
heading for a nice - going to universities is a good approach!
plattform - chicken and egg problem
how do you want to earn money?
partnerships with universities
not earning (enough) money
high competition (whatsapp, slack, etc.)
It seems to be a very interesting idea with a lot of potential.
We already tried something similar 15 years ago and failed as it is very complicated when students start to share lecture material in such a system, but the professors dislike it or also do not have the right to use this material. I don't see how this possible problems are addressed here.
This system might be a good place for companies to get in contact with future employees.
Universities and professors are not the first who will support you to bring university life into the digital age.