About StudySpy

We empower the students of Aotearoa by making tertiary information available, transparent and easily discoverable. We provide students with the crucial information they need to make one of the most important decisions of their lives.

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StudySpy has all 8,900+ programmes from New Zealand's 370+ NZQA approved education providers.

We combine government data to make it easy to find important information on tertiary study – such as graduation rates, likeliness of employment, and expected earnings for jobs in every field.

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Our Founders

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Michael Watson

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Managing Director

An expert in customer acquisition and all things digital, Michael is passionate about startups, and founded the team that won the 2013 Innes48 Startup Competition – the largest of its kind in New Zealand. Michael is a keen linguist, and has studied German, Spanish, and Te Reo Māori.

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Jarrod Mosen

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Technical Director

A full-stack developer, Jarrod is passionate about applying his technical skills to problems that affect societies around the globe. Jarrod is a keen linguist, and has studied C#, JavaScript, and SQL.

Our Advisory Board

A portrait of Dave Cameron, founder and CEO of LearnCOACH.

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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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 entrepreurship 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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Bryn McLennan

Private Equity Analyst

Bryn is an analyst at a leading private equity firm, where he is reponsible for the execution of new investment opportunities and support of existing portfolio companies. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from the University of Canterbury, where he was a senior Scholar.

A portrait of Michael Elwood-Smith, director of Loomio.

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.

Our Beginnings

StudySpy was born out of the 2015/2016 Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp, a 12 week summer pre-accelerator programme, offered by Viclink. The programme supports students at Victoria University to test the viability of their ideas as businesses. The purpose of the Bootcamp is not just to grow businesses, but to grow entrepreneurs, who learn essential skills while working on their own startups.

After the Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcamp, Michael and Jarrod continued validation and development of StudySpy for 2 years, working out of their Wellington-based flat in the evenings and weekends, while holding down jobs with Microsoft and StarNow at the same time.

On February 23rd, 2018, StudySpy was launched at the BizDojo on Tory Street, Wellington. StudySpy received an overwhelming response from the education industry, but most importantly, students and their parents.

In just one month of being live, StudySpy had onboarded education providers of every type in New Zealand: Universities, Polytechnics, Private Training Establishments, Industry Training Organisations and Wānanga. To top off the first month of being live, Careers NZ, the NZ Government career platform (run by the Tertiary Education Commission) began recommending StudySpy on their site.

A portrait of Emily Grinter, Entrepreneurship Manager at Viclink.

“Michael and Jarrod have pursued this business with relentless determination, somehow managing to balance full time employment and life with continuous testing and validation of their business model. We continue to push them with support from one of our talented startup coaches, since this is their foray into business, and they continue to surprise us with their dedication and willingness to recognise trends in data and adapt accordingly.”