School dropouts and student well-being are common problem areas, especially in secondary and higher education. We heard from schools in our previous work over and over that teachers and support providers are doing only reactive work with already escalated problems and not proactively preventing issues. We thought there must be a better way to do this for all our benefit.
The Annie chatbot sends a text message to students and directs them to the right person, service or information through the conversation with the bot and based on their situation.
This lowers the threshold for asking for and getting help.
We also provide a tool for the support providers to address support needs and a tool for admins to build and reuse chat flows.
On average, 80% of students reply to Annie's messages and 15% will have a support need. We also have early indications that Annie reduces the dropout rate at schools (about 20%) but having a research background, we're not comfortable stating a causality yet.
88% of students say they want Annie permanently at their school after trying it only once.
These results are well above industry averages.
After starting the company 2 years ago, Annie's usage has grown quickly by word-of-mouth and we now work with 21 schools and around 40k students. We focused initially on secondary vocational education in Finland, but were contacted by high schools and universities early on and have now expanded to other countries.
We've won the Global Edtech Startup Awards Nordic and Baltic competition in 2022 (out of 200+ startups) and finished 5th globally (out of 600+ startups).
Our goals for the next 2-3 years is to make Annie even more scalable and accessible to schools where support services are not as available. We are piloting Annie especially in Southern Europe, Latin America and Sub-saharan Africa.
Simply contact us at email@example.com or via WhatsApp to +358408472763 and let's agree on a short call to discuss. The best way to find out if Annie works for you is to try it out with a sample of your students and collect feedback.