Start-up tech company, Gradu8or, has opened an office at Discovery Park to launch its unique mobile solution for university students across the country looking to identify their progress and achieve their goals.
The company services the student market with a three-fold approach:
• Insight -providing individuals with a deeper and more accurate understanding of their personal trajectory;
• Performance -using academic data to automatically calculate a student’s progress, meaning they can focus on achieving their goals and
• Results/reporting (detailing the minimum input required from students to achieve their personal goals).
The software works by integrating itself into the university’s existing marking platform (e.g. Moodle), which the student is able to easily access via an app without any manual input. It then reveals the exact percentages required in each module to achieve a specific goal.
In addition, Gradu8or also run a students award initiative which provides three winning students £500 each on graduation day for Best Performance, Most Improved and University Choice Awards. This is based on data from the software and incentivises students to succeed.
Founder and CEO, Liam Kingsnorth, said: “Reaching graduation day requires continuous commitment and enthusiasm, but sustaining this level of concentration can be challenging for individuals. If university taught me one thing, it was that manually identifying my progress and calculating my progress on top of studies added unnecessary stress which I didn’t need.
“Gradu8or was founded by graduates who used our own experiences throughout university to build digital solutions that focused on the areas we felt needed attention.
“The software just requires each course’s marking information and each student’s results – that’s it. Teachers don’t need to change the way they work, as the marks will automatically feed in through the existing platform once Gradu8or is installed.”
Since the company launched in February 2018, the team has grown from just one man to three office-based staff and two remote developers.
Liam said: “I was previously working from a home office so, as Gradu8or was getting more interest from universities, we reached a stage of the business where we needed to find somewhere that looked more professional. We didn’t consider anywhere else other than Discovery Park – it’s got a great location, is competitively priced, and has excellent onsite facilities such as childcare and the gym.
“Although a lot of our demonstrations take place at universities, we also do lots of product demonstrations via video – so having places like the Boardroom to hire is great. It’s also really handy to have the option of growing into a bigger office onsite when we’re ready.”
The team already has ambitious hopes for the future, with plans to create a peer-to-peer matching platform – ‘like Tinder for studying’ Liam says – where students can match based on their strengths and weaknesses in modules, so they can meet and coach one another. Looking ahead, Liam also hopes to branch the software out to secondary school level.
Liam said: “I want to empower young people from GCSE level to make the right decision for themselves. A-Levels and university isn’t for everyone, so we want Gradu8or to provide information that matches potential students up to the best course in their subject, with the best employability rates – whether that be a degree or an apprenticeship. My long-term goal is to get every student in the country using Gradu8or!”
Lauren Moore, Leasing Executive, Discovery Park, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Gradu8or to Discovery Park and wish the team every success as they grow their business on site.
“This has long been a place for innovation – from drug discovery to technology advances that are helping to power East Kent’s economy, creating more jobs and opportunities for the region.