Univize: The TripAdvisor for universities!
<p><img alt="Our_story-1510324645" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465569/Our_Story-1510324645.PNG"></p><p> </p><p><img alt="Univize_co-founders-1510323972" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465566/Univize_co-founders-1510323972.jpg"></p><p> </p><p>Hi! We're Felix and Kenan and we want to help students find the right university!</p><p> </p><p>From our experience as university students, we realized that choosing a university is hard, but choosing the <strong><em>right</em></strong> one is even harder. Together, we’ve studied all over the world, ranging from the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, and even Ireland. But no matter where we went, we always encountered the same problem:</p><p> </p><p><strong>Our expectations of what university would be like never really matched the reality.</strong></p><p> </p><p>And after speaking with thousands of students from across the world, we realized that we weren’t the only ones feeling this way. So we created Univize to help solve this problem: to help students find the right university that best matches their personal goals, needs, and expectations.</p><p> </p><p><img alt="What_is_univize-1510324852" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465571/What_is_Univize-1510324852.PNG"></p><p> </p><p>Univize is an online platform that <strong>connects prospective university students with current university students.</strong> On Univize, prospective students can speak with current students and ask all their questions about courses, housing, or the overall student life at a particular university. In return, current students can earn rewards for sharing their experience and helping other students out.</p><p> </p><p><img alt="How_does_it_work-1510324980" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465573/How_Does_it_Work-1510324980.PNG"></p><p> </p><p><img alt="One-to-one_chats-1510325148" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465574/One-to-one_chats-1510325148.PNG"> </p><p>Univize is not a forum or an anonymous Q&A group. Students can privately chat with one another and be certain that their conversations remain completely private. </p><p><img alt="Fully_tailored-1510325957" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465576/Fully_Tailored-1510325957.PNG"></p><p>Students can see what they have in common with other students (e.g. languages, interests, sports) so that they can ask personal questions specific to their needs.</p><p><img alt="Review_students-1510326023" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465577/Review_students-1510326023.PNG"></p><p>Prospective students can rate and review current students based on the quality of their conversation (e.g. helpfulness, friendliness, responsiveness).</p><p><img alt="Earn_rewards-1510326378" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465582/Earn_rewards-1510326378.PNG"></p><p>Current students earn points based on the ratings they receive from prospective students. The more points they earn, the more rewards they can unlock!</p><p> </p><p><img alt="What_makes_univize_different-1510326577" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465584/What_Makes_Univize_Different-1510326577.PNG"></p><p> </p><p>In contrast to websites that just provide static information about rankings and statistics, Univize gives students the possibility to <strong>find out about the “inside” information (e.g. course load, nightlife, etc.)</strong> that’s impossible to know without speaking to current university students. </p><p> </p><p>Not only is Univize valuable for prospective students, but also for current university students. Besides making new connections and growing their personal network, current students can become Univize ambassadors (i.e. Univizers) and earn rewards such as certificates for their CV, career mentorship, and more.</p><p> </p><p><img alt="Our_achievements_so_far-1510326772" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/465587/Our_Achievements_So_Far-1510326772.PNG"></p><p> </p><p><img alt="Achievements-1518453724" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/486448/Achievements-1518453724.PNG"></p><p> </p><p>From joining a prominent incubator to being selected to pitch at Web Summit, we are very proud of our progress so far. Our current metrics show that we are on the right track, but this is where we need your help!</p>
<p>Despite receiving a private investment, Univize has largely been funded with our own money. We are at a crucial stage in our journey where we've built a valuable solution, but we lack the financial resources to further develop the platform. Therefore, we're turning to our community to help us take Univize to the next stage.</p><p> </p><p>The funding from this campaign will mainly be used to develop our next set of features and give us the springboard to raise our seed capital:</p><p> </p><p><strong>- €4000: add new features to extend the value of the Univize platform</strong></p><p><strong>- €2000: optimize existing features to improve user experience</strong></p><p><strong>- €2000: events with partner schools and student associations</strong></p><p> </p><p>We think it's important to mention that this campaign isn't just about supporting Univize; it's about supporting a solution to a global problem. <strong>University dropout rates are at an all-time high, ranging from 28% in the Netherlands to 41% in Norway,</strong> and we believe that Univize can help solve this global issue. If you know the struggle of choosing university studies and can relate to the problem we're trying to solve, we'd greatly appreciate your support and would love to have you join us on our journey!</p>