Complete with a huge database of Q&As, feedback/report sheets and a unique and user-friendly interface, PrepClass wants to help students prepare for exams online, one topic at a time. Currently in its alpha testing phase, PrepClass’s initial focus is on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board examinations.
PrepClass Co-founder, Olumide Ogunlana says they believe PrepClass will go a long way in tackling the national problem of under-performance among students. While the current platform presents one facet of their approach, the overall picture is to create a robust system that is available to student both online and offline and readily provides them with past question materials (as well as other concise resources that could easily boost their performance), detailed answers to these questions, analyses of student’s performance, helps them identify weak points and helps them focus and improve on those points of weakness.
They believe this unique approach to solving the problem earns them a big shot at winning the $20,000 prize money. The money will go to improving 3 foundational points of the business: quality and quantity of content; platform compatibility across various devices and offline availability; offline marketing and outreach.
Although no member of the team has any profession degree in education, they all have first hand experience from having schooled in Nigeria. And one of the founders, Obanor Chukwuwezam, comes from an educationist family background.
OGUNLANA Olumide, Co-Founder
Ogunlana olumide is a self motivated entrepreneur with more than 2 years of experience in dot com start-ups. He graduated with a 1st class in Electrical Electronics Engineering as the 2nd best student in his class.
He has represented Nigeria at the World Business Dialogue in Germany and the International Student Festival in Trondheim where he discussed and actively participated on a thesis he wrote on the consumption pattern of Africans. He has won many several other awards as a student one of which is becoming the finalist of the First Bank Business Plan Competition.
His business skills includes marketing, public speaking, social entrepreneurship, communication, time management and organization. He also has relevant technical experience in programming (Basic PHP, C++,MySQL), Search Engine Optimization, Google Analytics/Adwords.
OBANOR Chukwuwezam, Co-Founder
Obanor Chukwuwezam is very passionate about solving problems using technology. He was on one of the African Semi-finalist teams of the 2012 Google Marketing Challenge and has worked for several online companies including Informationnigeria where he worked as the features writer. He went on to work for Google in 2012 as a Google Africa intern and then worked at Jumia for over a year as a senior marketing analyst. Being from a family that operates a school business, he decided to channel his passion towards using the internet to provide solutions to some educational problems peculiar to Nigeria. His core skills lie in marketing and business intelligence/development.
A key member of the PrepClass team. He a member of the 4-man team that won the 2012 Google W/A App Challenge (Form+) . He also bagged the 2013 VConnect Mobile Competition. Willie is a graphic artist and web developer on the PrepClass team. His ambidexterity in programming and graphic design is a very useful tool on the team and has proven to be of foundational relevance. He also is a graduate of the University of Lagos from the department of System Engineering and finished as one of the best in his class. Willie is highly skilled in website design, graphic design, mobile application development and web application development.
Opeyemi is in his penultimate year in the department of Computer Engineering at the University of Lagos and has worked on a couple of live mobile and web applications. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Accelerating Information Technology Innovation course where he learned a lot about Software Entrepreneurship. He functions as the lead developer for the PrepClass project and sometimes supports in content creation. His skills and experience in programming in almost all major coding languages is truly invaluable and has proven time and again to be a very critical ingredient for the project’s success.
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