Two ambitious student entrepreneurs from the University of Southampton have innovated a maths revision tool that can generate an infinite number of questions and provide feedback, signalling an end to the need for personal tutors.
First year Computer Science students Kajetan Champlewski and Dan Trickey secured £30,000 for their Questioneer startup at a Dragons’ Den-style investment event with the University of Southampton’s Future Worlds incubator in May.
“I had the idea for replacing the numbers in revision questions near the end of my A-Levels, but I didn’t really know how to do it practically,” Kajetan explained. “I met Dan on the Space Cadets programme at the university and together we developed the idea of turning questions into scripts.”
“Students currently have little choice but to trawl through past papers to revise, with little or no feedback. We turn past papers into infinite searchable question banks, complete with worked solutions and feedback on topics. Revision should be about improving your maths skills, not searching through long documents, and that’s what we provide.”
“We hope that Questioneer will become one of the top revision platforms in the education sector,” Dan continued. “Entrepreneurship is an opportunity to make a real difference to education and make improvements to the world.” Kajetan and Dan are planning to trial a prototype of Questioneer at schools later this term ahead of a formal launch in September.
Questioneer was one of six student startups pitched in front of a packed live audience at the Future Worlds incubator’s investment event at the University of Southampton Students’ Union. Dragon investors Chris Broad, Apple Director of Sales Contracting EMEIA; Andrew Doe, serial digital entrepreneur and founder of confetti.co.uk; Sonja Lami, angel investor and Insight Investment Fund Manager; and Nick Lawton, Chairman of the Lawton Communications Group, interrogated and negotiated on stage with the entrepreneurs. Kajetan and Dan secured £30,000 of investment from Andrew, Sonja and Nick.
The Future Worlds event is an annual showcase of a growing student enterprise culture at the University of Southampton and was co-hosted by the Fish on Toast Entrepreneurs Club and Enactus Southampton societies.
Dr Reuben Wilcock, Future Worlds Director, said: “It’s been great to see an infectious entrepreneurial culture building on campus in recent years which now seen over £450,000 pledged on stage to student startups at our four annual pitching events. The student entrepreneurs really impressed the investors with their passion, professionalism and presentation, and it will be exciting to see what their fledgling businesses can achieve in the coming years. Two startups from the 2017 showcase are now valued at over £1m and will be based in Silicon Valley and London from this summer. Future Worlds will be mentoring Questioneer and the other startups as they continue their entrepreneurial journeys alongside their studies and strive to impact society with their innovations.”