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Chris Morling launches next disruptive EdTech venture

by Peter Smyth Tech Journalist

Serial digital entrepreneur, Chris Morling, has launched his latest start up venture, Studee.com, aimed at transforming the way international students find their university abroad.

In 2008, Chris launched money.co.uk, a financial comparison site, which in 2015 ranked as having the second fastest growing profits of all private businesses in the UK. In January 2017 Chris was dubbed “Britain’s Best Boss” by the world’s media when he spent £3m on renovating a castle in the Cotswolds for his team along with extravagant benefits. In September 2017, ZPG plc, which owned popular websites Zoopla and uSwitch, purchased the company in a £140m deal.

Chris now has his sights set on disrupting the international education market with best friend Simon Andrews, who he met in 2002 when they shared an office space in London. Simon has worked in the global higher education sector for over 20-years, building the Big Choice Group – an international business, helping millions of young people with their careers.

Last year the two friends reunited to join forces in Chris’ home town of Cirencester. With Simon’s in-depth knowledge of the education sector and Chris’ proven success of creating websites that drive high volumes of quality traffic with exceptional user experience, the pair realised they had the perfect set of skills to invent an innovative way to to make it simple for international students to find and enroll at universities abroad, and so Studee.com was born.

Studee is on a mission to transform the way international students find their university abroad with their multilingual team of NAFSA qualified advisors who speak to students, guiding them every step of the way from application to enrollment. Studee will plant trees for every student they enrol, to contribute towards absorbing the CO2 released into the atmosphere each time they fly to their chosen university. The process of enrolling at a university for international students is outdated and not fit for purpose for today’s centennials – a generation that has never known a world without the internet and who will bear the brunt of climate change.

Chris Morling, Co-Founder & CEO of Studee said, “Studee is reinventing the way international students find a university by making it simple and deeply personalised whilst adding transparency in an industry which in recent years has sadly suffered some corruption and has largely ignored the climate crisis.

“I believe education is the most powerful way to positively change the world but I’m also addressing the elephant in the room, the fact international education has negative consequences for our environment. So for every student we enrol, to contribute towards compensating the CO2 released when students fly to their chosen university, we’ll pay for trees to be planted on their behalf. Our goal is to plant one million trees over the coming years and transform the way international students find their dream university abroad. Studee will grow up rapidly over the coming months, we’re overflowing with ideas.”

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