StudySpy

StudySpy are making it easier for Aotearoa's young adults to make one of the most important decisions of their lives—what they are going to study.

Jarrod Mosen, Michael Watson and Ciaran Jack from StudySpy.
Jarrod Mosen, Michael Watson and Ciaran Jack from StudySpy.

In the past it was difficult to find and compare information about all the different tertiary courses available in New Zealand. But now, thanks to StudySpy, it’s simple.

StudySpy is a free online course comparison tool and scholarship index that helps Aotearoa's young adults make one of the most important decisions of their lives—what they are going to study.

“Currently, 55% of recent graduates in New Zealand feel like they made the wrong study decision,” says StudySpy co-founder Michael Watson. “We want to enable access to education and information so that students make informed decisions on their future.”

Michael and fellow co-founder Jarrod Mosen initially developed their idea for StudySpy through the Victoria Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in 2016.

“After bootcamp we worked part-time as well as in the evenings and weekends to build StudySpy ourselves, says Michael. “We then had to negotiate with six different government departments over the course of 11 months to get access to the data that makes StudySpy the reality that it is today.”

StudySpy launched in 2018 after two years of development. Since then, they’ve updated information on over 4,000 courses and receive over 70,000 searches every month.

StudySpy was self-funded and self-built. One of the ways the team funded the continued development of StudySpy was by starting a creative design and digital agency called Obvious. Obvious specialises in the education sector with a mission to further improve the accessibility to learning opportunities for all New Zealanders.

“I’m excited to see what we can achieve with StudySpy and Obvious over the years to come,” says Michael.