Say you’re a junior in high school and you play on the marching band, football team or a school newspaper deadline had you up until 2am. Now you’re finally getting to your calculus homework and your stumped. Mom and dad have been sleeping for hours and you haven’t seen a snap from any of your friends for hours either. Who you gonna call?
An edtech startup called Yup will be there to answer the text (not call), with on demand texting tutors. These tutors from colleges like Stanford, Cambridge, Oxford and Singapore will help walk you through the problem without giving you the answer. That’s something that Yup prides themselves on in a world with competitors like Chegg, CourseHero, Varsity Tutors and good ole reddit.
Yup CEO and founder Naguib Sawiris explained to TechCrunch last fall that students connect to Yup via their website or native iOS or Android App. After a quick interview the students are connected to a college student tutor for help. Help is all they’ll get. Sawiris has set Yup apart by requiring all of the tutoring sessions to be recorded and reviewed by other tutors within 48 hours. This naturally helps the tutors become better at tutoring but also checks for things like cheating and spoon feeding the students the answers.
“We hold our tutors accountable to actual learning. There are too many cheat sites out there that just give students the answers and don’t care about learning,” Sawiris said.
This policy along with Yup’s commitment to develop and offer services to charter schools and districts was enough to secure the first investment from the venture arm of Sesame Street, Sesame Ventures. The fund is a collaboration with the Collaborative Fund (no pun intended), and specifically targets companies in the education, health and wellness and family space. Sesame Ventures led a $4 million dollar seed extension round for Yup, back in November.
Yup’s commitment to educate and help students through their tutoring is catching the eye of teachers, principals and administrators across the country. It’s much easier to stand behind and recommend a service that isn’t just giving students the answers.
Yup is focused on math, science and STEAM skills. You can find out more at yup.com