Before StudySpy, New Zealand’s course information was fragmented and out-of-date across too many websites for students to find easily. To look for eligible scholarships, students often had to pay for 30-day access to a scholarships database (many of which were specifically designed to help students through financial hardship). Meanwhile, many scholarships were going completely un-applied for in New Zealand.
StudySpy began in the summer of 2015/16 from a Wellington flat, after founders Michael and Jarrod wanted to make information on tertiary study more accessible. Michael changed his tertiary degree 3 times after realising what he was studying wasn’t what he wanted to be doing.
After 11 months of negotiation with Government departments, StudySpy received access to the data to build a platform to search and compare courses and scholarships to help students make more informed decisions on one of the biggest decisions in their lives – what they are going to study.
StudySpy receives over 70,000 searches per month and has helped hundreds of thousands of students make more informed decisions on their future.