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Annie Advisor

location_on Finland

Find students who need help early

According to research, only about 20% of students as for help in time. Annie is a chatbot that nudges students at the right times via text message to offer them help, lowering the threshold to ask and receive support. When barriers to learning are removed, students feel better and their studies proceed.

Overview

HundrED has not validated this innovation

Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Miska Noponen on May 31st, 2022

2020

Established

30K

Children/users

2

Countries
Organisation
For-profit
Target group
Students
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
For me, it’s hard to ask for help. It’s easier to ask for help from a bot like Annie. I think this is a perfect, really great idea.
Iida Köngäs, Student

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

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.

How does your innovation work in practice?

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.

How has it been spreading?

After starting the company 1,5 years ago, Annie's usage has grown quickly by word-of-mouth and we now work with 15 schools and around 30k 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.

Our goals for the next 2-3 years is to expand through Europe and Latin America (around 3x growth per year) and provide a service that works well in schools where support is not as readily available.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Simply contact us at annie@annieadvisor.com and let's agree on a short pilot.
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.

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