Education tech start-up Vygo gets growth spurt from virus crisis

6 May 2020

Education technology start-up company Vygo, whose platform has just been selected by the Queensland government to give advice and support to international students, has got a growth spurt thanks to the COVID-19 crisis.

In the short time since the coronavirus crisis erupted Vygo had seen a level of growth that would be normally be expected over a full year, said chief executive Ben Hallett.

Vygo chief executive Ben Hallett and chief operating officer Joel Di Trapani in their office in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Picture by Lyndon Mechielsen
Vygo chief executive Ben Hallett and chief operating officer Joel Di Trapani in their office in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Picture by Lyndon Mechielsen

The company sells a computer platform that offers training and mentoring to students which is provided by university staff, other students, trained support professionals or industry people.

Now, with all interactions with students taking place online, demand for the product has grown dramatically.

“Suddenly conversations that were going to take a year or two are now taking months,” Mr Hallett said.

“The sense of urgency has been really lifted. We’re seeing interest come in from universities we’ve never spoken to.”

The company, founded with backing from The University of Queensland startup programs Idea Hub and ilab, launched its product at UQ in 2017.

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This article was originally published on The Australian's website.

 

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