We're StudySpy.

StudySpy is a free course comparison tool and scholarship index that helps Aotearoa's young adults make one of the most important decisions of their lives.

87,200 young New Zealanders are not in employment, education, or training. If this were a city, it would be New Zealand's 8th largest.

55% of young New Zealanders feel like they made the wrong study decision.

We're innovating the education system by making tertiary information transparent, accurate, and accessible.

We represent the most important people in the entire education system – students.

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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Before StudySpy, New Zealand course information was fragmented and out of date.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 so far have helped over 40,000 students discover their tertiary options - that's more people than a stadium of Super Rugby fans!

Since launch, we've updated over 3,000 courses, making us the most up-to-date source of course information in New Zealand.

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.

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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
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Ryan Walker

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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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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.

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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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“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.”