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Uniwhere https://www.uniwhere.com/

by uniwhere

Octoscore 6.2

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.

Evaluations

Strengths:

Interesting very directed market

Weaknesses:

90 k users and the website is down...

Opportunities:

Shifting edu market to online tools like coursera

Threats:

A very exploited market,
Many actual alternative in hand that you already use.

Strengths:

Obviously proven&successfull business model - which seems to provide a pretty usefull service

Weaknesses:

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).

Opportunities:

Growing number of private universities could put this to use to differenciate themselves in terms of early adoption of usefull technology

Threats:

Competition from existing and very well established services like "Slack"

Strengths:

heading for a nice - going to universities is a good approach!

Weaknesses:

plattform - chicken and egg problem
how do you want to earn money?

Opportunities:

partnerships with universities

Threats:

not earning (enough) money
high competition (whatsapp, slack, etc.)

Strengths:

It seems to be a very interesting idea with a lot of potential.

Weaknesses:

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.

Opportunities:

This system might be a good place for companies to get in contact with future employees.

Threats:

Universities and professors are not the first who will support you to bring university life into the digital age.