My notes from presenting Coursicle at the innovation showcase.read more
* Hi, I’m Joe. * I’m a senior, math and computer science double major at UNC. * Today I’m going to tell you about a company I co-founded called Coursicle. * Coursicle sets out to solve two major problems at colleges. * The enterprise software colleges buy is notoriously terrible to use for students * 10/15 years out of date * Makes it very hard to plan course schedule * Students especially at public universities can’t get into classes * We solve both. * We’ve made a beautiful course search engine and course scheduler. * We text students when a class they want has an available seat. * Both completely free to use for students. * We’ve had a decent amount of success so far. * 70% of UNC undergrads use our services. * When students are using our site to plan, they spend on average 28 minutes on the site. * We’re going after the higher education market, which is anticipated to double by 2025. * Also, the nature of campuses as we’ve seen at UNC is that upperclassman very effectively pass on the knowledge of our products to incoming students, which means once we hit a certain fraction of users, we don’t have to do any marketing. * We haven’t marketed at UNC for 2 years. * Now onto our model, which we’ll be testing out this summer. * A natural thing to put on the site is textbooks for each class, which we have the data for. We could make money through affiliate programs. * Advertising is another possibility. The college demographic is very valuable to advertisers, and we could be a way to get their message out. * We also send a lot of texts, 260k at UNC in January alone, which means we could be a new way of getting the message out. * Licensing, we’ve partnered with UNC Registrar, ITS, and Academic Advising and the Registrar and Academic Advising have requested numerous reports of our data to help them plan. * Quick overview of our timeline * Launched at UNC in 2013 * Added scheduling ability and better browsing ability in summer 2014 * We expanded to 4 additional schools in November 2015 * Added feature which allows students to see what classes their Facebook friends are considering in real time in January * Expanded to a little over 100 schools in February, which took about 3 weeks of work. * Full list of schools is on Coursicle.com * We do have some competitors * These are all for our course schedule planner. We currently have no cross-school competitors for our course notification service. * Our largest competitor, myEdu, has out of date data, hasn’t developed product in 3+ years, very poor UX on Chrome, which 50% of students use, etc. * Courseoff indie developer, but somewhat abandoned, 8/30 schools listed actually work, etc. * As for our team * As I mentioned, I’ve a senior studying Math and Computer Science * I’ve worked at some local tech companies, like Cisco and Shoeboxed * I focus on the backend stuff. * My co-founder Tara is a senior studying Math and Physics at Harvard * She’s done a lot of research computing in the area, at UNC and NC State. * She handles all of our front-end web dev, and design. * Here are some testimonials from our users. * So where we’re looking to go now is start planting the seed at as many schools as possible, just like we did at UNC 3 years ago, which is why we expanded so rapidly to those 100 schools. We’ve gotten a lot better at marketing, so that our user adoption at those first 4 schools we expanded to was about 80% better than UNC initial adoption. * Please feel free to come by our booth if you have any questions, advice, or would just like to chat.