Student presentation app eyes overseas expansion
Chris Hughes: ‘incredibly proud’
A fledgling company helping students overcome presentation difficulties has received £450,000 to expand into international markets.
Glasgow-based edtech Estendio has created Present Pal, a communication tool that was created as a solution to a real-life challenge faced by founder and CEO, Chris Hughes.
The app works like a set of interactive flashcards to assist with creating presentation notes. Present Pal is now being used by over 5,000 students in over 100 UK universities to enable them to deliver a more confident and prepared presentation.
The funding, in the form of a long term convertible loan note, comes from key partners including Scottish Enterprise and a handful of heavyweight private investors. It follows a period of rapid growth for Estendio, supporting an additional 3,000 students across the UK this year alone.
Estendio will use the funding to create an additional 15 roles in software development, marketing and business development in Scotland.
The company says presentations are difficult for anyone, but even more-so for the 300,000 disabled and dyslexic students across the UK, who are often required to present as part of their university or college course.
Estendio is on a mission to alleviate this “presentation anxiety”. It was founded with an initial investment of £50,000 in 2015 and has made a profit over the last two financial years.
Revenue has tripled and the team has expanded from four to 17 during the pandemic, in spite of a highly disrupted global education market.
The flagship product, Present Pal, was launched in 2018 by Mr Hughes as a solution to the communication challenges and anxiety he was experiencing as a dyslexic university student.