A South Bend-based startup has received a $20,000 investment from Elevate Ventures’ Community Ideation Fund. STUDIA.app offers a website that helps high school and college students study for science classes through multilingual examples and step-by-step solutions.
The company says it will use the funding to expand advertising, add more functions and examples to the website, and translate all of its content into Spanish.
“The STUDIA.app team has a passion for education, as well as complementary skill sets that allow them to be effective and creative,” said Nicholas Kuhn, Elevate Ventures’ entrepreneur-in-residence serving Startup South Bend-Elkhart. “STUDIA.app’s educational technology platform is a major benefit to science [and soon all STEM] students and I look forward to seeing their growth.”
STUDIA.app was founded in 2020 by Dr. Sebastián Murgueitio Ramírez, Leonardo Uribe Castaño, and Dr. Stacy Sivinski. The company says it launched a pilot program with 250 students and now offers a paid subscription service.
“For our team at STUDIA.app, receiving funding means continuing to expand our company in a way that helps students become more confident and engaged,” said Sivinski. “We know that many students, especially those coming from underprivileged backgrounds, struggle when it comes to mastering these difficult topics, and any funding that we receive is a step toward making the learning process easier for them.”
STUDIA.app is a 2020 winner of the McCloskey New Venture Competition from the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame. The company is planning to pitch for a seed award in the Elevate Nexus Regional Pitch Competition on May 18.