We're StudySpy.

StudySpy is a social enterprise with the mission of enabling access to education. 55% of recent graduates in New Zealand feel like they made the wrong study decision! That's literally the majority of students.

StudySpy is a free course comparison tool with every course in New Zealand, from apprenticeships to degrees, as well as a free scholarship database with over $70 million worth of opportunities. We help Aotearoa's students make one of the most important decisions of their lives.

Students search StudySpy over 70,000 times a month! We're innovating the education system by making tertiary information transparent, accurate, and accessible in homes, schools, and workplaces all over Aotearoa.

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The Story

Before StudySpy, New Zealand course information was fragmented and out of date.

We have every tertiary programme from every education provider in New Zealand. We've done the hard work of aggregating data from six separate government departments and agencies – making course information accessible to everyone.

We launched on February 23rd, 2018, and now we receive over 70,000 searches every month!

Since launch, we've updated over 4,000 courses, making us the most up-to-date source of course information in New Zealand.

In October 2018, we launched New Zealand's largest scholarships database. To break down the financial barrier to education, we offer this service to New Zealand for free.

The Team

A portrait of Michael Watson, Managing Director of StudySpy.

Michael Watson

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Co-founder and Managing Director

Michael changed his tertiary degree three times, and even changed university after realising what he was studying wasn't what he really wanted to do.

After discovering his passion for technology and business strategy, Michael wanted to create a platform to make information more available for the next generation of students.

After 11 months of negotiation with the government, he got access to the data to make StudySpy a reality.

A portrait of Jarrod Mosen, Technical Director of StudySpy.

Jarrod Mosen

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Co-founder and Technical Director

Jarrod left high school before getting NCEA Level 1.

He was determined to follow his passion - web development - so he achieved Level 1 via correspondence, before studying web development at a tertiary institution.

Jarrod's passionate about helping students flourish in tertiary education, particularly ones that, like him, found secondary education difficult.

A portrait of Ciaran Jack, Experience Director of StudySpy.

Ciaran Jack

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Experience Director
A portrait of Essi Airiesnieme, Operations Manager at StudySpy.

Essi Airisniemi

Essi Airisniemi's LinkedIn profile
Operations Manager
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Elley Wagner

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The Advisory Board

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Dave Cameron

Dave is a former-teacher, and founder of LearnCOACH. Dave has grown LearnCOACH to support 150,000 students per year, delivering over 1 million lessons annually - making LearnCOACH New Zealand's largest tutorial provider.

Dave recently launched New Zealand's first fully-online school system, where students can sit real assessments through the LearnCOACH website and gain real qualifications. This means any room can become an accredited classroom (e.g. hospital ward, prison cell, or refugee camp). Dave won the 2018 Young New Zealander of the Year award for his work in education.

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Sharon Blount

Operations Manager at the School of Creativity and Hospitality at Whitireia and Weltec

Sharon has a wealth of experience across the New Zealand education sector. She's been Operations Manager at multiple TEOs, Principal Advisor to the Ministry of Education, and advised principals and senior leadership teams on tertiary opportunities for their students. She's passionate about disengaged youth, and has run alternative education programmes for at-risk learners.

Sharon's well-versed in tertiary providers' compliance, moderation, and regulatory requirements. Her comprehension of New Zealand's education system guides StudySpy to positively impact learners journeying through the education system.

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Tony Henderson-Newport

Tony works with ‘start-up and stay-ups,’ and having worked in the IT space in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe, is an experienced project, programme and portfolio manager. Tony has worked with corporates such as Vodafone UK and Vodafone Group, British Gas, and T-Mobile.

While taking sustainable entrepreneurship around New Zealand through the PopUp Business School Aotearoa, Tony also works with Victoria University's young entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Masters course for Innovation and Commercialisation.

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Michael Elwood-Smith

Director at Loomio

An experienced business leader, strategist and lean startup coach. Michael leads customer development and business coordination at Loomio, a software social enterprise. Loomio is an online place for people to make decisions together and turn talk into action. Michael has provided mentorship and guidance for StudySpy as they grow in understanding of customers and needs, developed an online product to suit, and built a business model for success.

Organisations using StudySpy

Every type of institution in New Zealand uses StudySpy. Universities, Institutes of Technology, Polytechnics, Private Training Establishments, Industry Training Organisations and Wānanga.

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