of the year
Huong Dang Thi
Huong Dang Thi grew up on the streets of
Hanoi after leaving school in year 7. With
the help of KOTO Social Enterprise, she
travelled to Australia and studied a mas-ters
of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
at the Swinburne University of Techno-logy,
graduating in July 2016. In return for
the favour that changed her life, she now
works at the charitable organisation.
University College Dublin Smufit alumn,
Lindsey Nguyen, is head of product at
SwiftComply, a software technology
company that aims to help cities and local
businesses with environmental regula-tion.
She co-founded the company after
graduating from the accelerator program
Techstars London in 2016.
Liu Daming completed the NCUK Inter-national
Foundation Year at Can-Achieve
Lanzhou in 2015, before studying Psycho-logy
at the University of Manchester. Da-ming
is the first Chinese student to study
overseas in a wheelchair at undergraduate
level – he has suffered from brittle bone
disease since childhood. In 2013, he be-came
the youngest author in China to have
a book published by one of the country’s
largest publishing companies and has won
11 national level literature awards.
Tripti Maheshwari founded Student
Circus after graduating from Lancaster
University in 2014 and gaining an MSc
Finance from Cass Business School in
2015. She set up the search platform for
international students in the UK to find
Tier-2 employers willing to hire gradua-tes.
The business is now valued at £2m
and helps thousands of students.
Tripti Maheshwari is an entrepreneur in the UK.
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Housing Anywhere, Netherlands
Housing Anywhere is a peer-to-peer boo-king
platform that has rapidly expanded
and now also works with local landlords
to help expand access to good housing for
students. The company ran free educa-tional
sessions across Europe and online
webinars on the value of international
tenants and how to support them.
The Student Hotel offers workspaces so that
entrepreneurs mingle with guests.
International Students House, UK
ISH accommodates over 500 residents
in London and believes it fills gaps in the
support services provided by London uni-versities:
key elements of its membership
include a programme of social activities to
facilitate integration between different na-tionalities.
Innovations for 2017 include a
new games room and free breakfast for all.
MyStay International, global
MyStay International combines signifi-cant
homestay operations in Australia
and the US via a shared mission: to im-prove
options available to students; and
help make accommodation safer, better
managed, greater value and more affor-dable.
Recent ventures include expansion
into Ireland, France and the UK, while US
growth is at 20 per cent year on year.
The Student Hotel, Netherlands
A global operator that is dedicated to
community building: in the past 12
months, new roles have been created –
TSH Connectors, who help unite guests
through an agenda of events, and TSH
Community Coaches, who are given
professional training in pastoral care, and
assume the role of the student ambassa-dors
within the community.
Accommodation provider of the year
Digital innovation of the year – technology
International Education Connect Ltd,
UK – CoursePricer Agents Module
Providing an answer to the most com-monly
asked question, “what’s the price?”
International Education Connect’s
CoursePricer Agents Module is an online
repository of course and institution infor-mation.
The CoursePricer tool is embed-ded
into agents’ websites, for students to
quickly and easily understand prices.
StudyPortals, Netherlands –
Providing students with the ability for
them to measure the likelihood they will
fit in a particular university or program,
BestFit takes the guess work out of
choosing which education institutions to
research. With more than 3,000 users per
day, the tool is having a significant impact
on the international education industry.
Unibuddy, UK – Transforming the
student journey for Generation Z
Combining student reviews and word-of-mouth
interactions, Unibuddy is an online
service that allows prospective students
to directly contact current students to get
a better understanding of their intended
institution, using a website chat function.
Unizest, UK - Aspire Account –
an online pre-departure banking
solution for international students
Unizest’s Aspire Account provides a
solution to one of the first problems faced
by international students: creating a bank
account. Circumventing existing barriers,
using the service, students can set up
a bank account before arriving in their
destination country and avoid some of
the onerous restrictions traditional banks
place on newly arrived students.