Last Saturday, the Prince of Songkla University’s (PSU) Phuket Campus saw a flurry of activity as e27 held the inaugural Satellite event of Echelon Thailand, scaled up from Echelon Ignite last year.
Judging the five startups — CloudHotelBooking, faceBiz, Nearcircles, SETScope, and SchoolOS — was a panel made up of diverse members of business and academia. They included Amarit Charoenphan, veteran of the Thai startup scene and Co-founder/Co-CEO of HUBBA; Paul (Pawin) Suthapong, entrepreneur and Founder of SpotOn International; Rattana Wetprasit, academic at PSU Phuket Campus; and last but not least, e27’s very own Co-founder, Thaddeus Koh.
SchoolOS — favourite with both judge and jury
Winning Phuket’s ‘Most Promising Startup’ award was SchoolOS, a platform for education and school management software. Using cloud, SchoolOS positions itself as a third-party platform for users and schools to sell or download administrative apps taking care of processes such as transcript issuing and student data management.
According to CEO and Co-founder Sharif Densumite, right now seven schools with a total student population of over 10,000 are on the SchoolOS platform, paying a fee of THB 180 (US$5.60) per student per year for the service. For user-generated apps uploaded on the platform, SchoolOS takes a 30 per cent cut from the app maker’s revenues, akin to Apple’s App Store.
Densumite shared that the motivation behind setting up SchoolOS is social, “We believe that education is not only restricted to the classroom, but it’s all around everybody.”
“We are creating an education social network for people to share information with others who have similar interests,” he concluded.
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