Press release: July 10, 2012, Zaandam, The Netherlands.
Three Young Dutch Entrepreneurs launch international social knowledge sharing platform for Higher Education: Kroupys.com
July 10, 2012 - Zaandam, The Netherlands - Today three young entrepreneurs from the Netherlands launch a social knowledge sharing platform for higher education: Kroupys.com. Their goal is to improve online knowledge sharing in higher education. They follow a trend in which the physical location of Universities is becoming less important for knowledge sharing and collaboration. On Kroupys students can share knowledge with each other independent from their University. This gives students the opportunity to share knowledge about specific topics within their discipline on a regional, national and international level.
How does it work?
Knowledge sharing on Kroupys is based on questions and answers, a proven and effective method for social knowledge sharing. Users are able to link their questions to specific topics, or so-called ‘Tags’. By following these Tags users can create interest-groups and discover new questions. Within these interest-groups users can earn points by asking questions and by sharing ‘useful’ answers. Other users determine the usefulness of answers by clicking the ‘useful-button’. Every Tag presents a scoreboard that displays the users who earned the most points. The users with the most points become ‘Tag-leaders’ and are considered to be the experts within a specific Tag.
‘Real life’ rewards for Tag-leaders
On a short term Kroupys is going to collaborate with companies in order to sponsor ‘real life rewards’ for Tag-leaders. The rewards will be highly exclusive and oriented on knowledge sharing activities like invites for special conferences, exclusive dinners, VIP-parties etc. By sponsoring rewards for Tag-leaders, companies can connect their brand to a specific knowledge discipline and engage with students.
About the team
The team consists of Pascal Baljet
, Paul Beentjes
and Maurice Slot
. Pascal is full-time programmer and CTO of Kroupys. Maurice and Paul recently finished their master’s degree in Business Information Systems at the University of Amsterdam. Maurice is responsible for conceptual design and Paul is focused on business development for Kroupys.