It was a good year for the startup Mr. Chadd. The "homework app" won the Anner Award for student entrepreneurs in May 2016, and also the prestigious Accenture Innovation Award in October, with a fierce competition of more than 800 entries. The company, founded in 2015 by Jan Kuipers and Kim van der Esch, has now more than 40,000 users in both Belgium and the Netherlands, who get tailor-made assistance from about 100 freelance coaches
Mr. Chadd makes it easy and affordable for students to get assistant and homework. With a subscription or prepaid credit, students get exactly the help they need at the very moment it's best for themselves, whether in the evening or in the weekend. The app can also send pictures of homework or voice messages, and within 10 seconds there is a certified coach with an university degree. You can expect the features of regular chat apps like WhatsApp and Messenger, because they are familiar and easy to use. They give you the opportunity to send photos and voice messages, so we'll took that as an example. With Mr. Chadd you can quickly send a picture of your homework, and our coach can do exacly the same, that's very easy if you need to draw a chart quickly. "
Big dates and future plans
Kim and Jan now also look beyond secondary schools. They are currently discussing different MBAs and HBOs. "And besides, we also look across border," says Jan. "It would be great if we could be active in at least one other EU country in 2018. Of course, there will be a lot of attention, such as different teaching methods and institutes, but we find that a very nice challenge."
According to Kim, it's not just the homework platform that provides added value: "Our data is also very valuable to other parties. We are talking to different publishers of educational books about this. For example, if we find that many students have the same question about a specific subject, then it can be an insight that the textbook is not entirely clear enough. This is therefore very valuable information for publishers. "