UniApp, a Frankfurt-based education technology startup, has recently raised €1 million in a seed funding round to expand its presence globally.
According to a report by Startbase, the funding has come from an unnamed family office in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and will be spent on AI expansion and sales expansion.
Founded in 2021, UniApp is on a mission to support the international education stakeholders by simplifying the admissions process, scaling up, and diversifying campuses worldwide. It aims to make it easier for international students to apply for more than 50,000 study programs in Europe and across the world.
UniApp allows students to manage the full application process in a one-stop platform, whether it is their first time applying or they are transferring to a different institution to finish their degree. Users can upload their academic and personal documents once and can then use them to apply for multiple programmes or to several universities at the same time, choosing from thousands of study courses across the world. The startup’s AI-based search engine also enables users to receive suitable course suggestions.
The app is also designed to simplify the process for universities. In more than 600 fields, they can enter all important information, such as costs and visa requirements, and provide clear information.
According to its Founder & CEO Fahed Jaarah, as told to The PIE News, the main aim of the seed fund round was to scale fast due to daily requests by sub-agents to join the network and access partner schools. "With this funding, we continue to build our technology, and also we are expanding in important regions such as Africa, Gulf State, Jordan, India, and Pakistan," he said.
Jaarah claimed that the number of requests from universities and student sign-ups had reached unexpected numbers – greater than their capacity.
The funding will help the Frankfurt-based startup towards its global mission to “empower international education and make sure everyone has the chance to access quality education”.
According to Jaraah, the international exchange of students is important because they possess unique skills and bring fresh perspectives with them. In addition, exchanges would positively stimulate the economy: "The economic boost they provide far exceeds the tuition, food, and rent they pay. New cultural perspectives emerge, and at the same time, people involved in the exchange become more liberal and tolerant," he said.