The Best in Class Awards were established in 2016 in order to recognize, highlight and promote companies and initiatives at the forefront of student living, working and learning. In a young and learning industry, we find it important to honour thought leadership and encourage the exchange of bright ideas.
In 2017, The Class piloted the Start-Up Programme to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in the student sector. This year The Class and European Internet Service Provider ASK4 are partnering to continue the Start-Up Programme, in order to provide a platform and an extra push for start-ups who are revolutionising student living.
The Best in Class Awards
The Best in Class Awards celebrate the companies, institutions and individuals going that extra mile in making student living more efficient, welcoming and professional. The 8 Awards Categories will allow all sectors of the student living community to get the opportunity to be formally recognised.
In 2017, The Best in Class Awards attracted over 70 entries. This year again, we strongly encourage everyone who is passionate about student living to apply and make our community aware of your projects!
For time efficiency and transparency reasons, each award will be judged by the same jury, who represents the sector, is non partial and is not part of an organization eligible for an award. The Class of 2020 will put forward three nominations to the jury, whom will elect the winner. A majority vote from the jury will decide the winner.
Winner notification process
All winners will be officially announced during the Awards ceremony. Winners that are not already on the delegates lists for the dinner will be contacted timely.
Each month, between April and September, the Start-Up programme will recognise a start-up developing a product or service that enhances student life, the future of learning, and the transition to a working career in an unprecedented way.
Four start-ups will then be shortlisted to pitch their inventions at The Class Conference in Milan in front of a distinguished panel of judges and an international audience of investors. The winner of this programme definitely breaks barriers and turns bold ambitions into reality!
I founded ASK4 when I was 18 years old. I knew it was either going to be a success or I would have a great story to tell in job interviews. ASK4 is a successful business and we are delighted to be sponsoring The Class of 2020’s Start Up Programme so we can give other young entrepreneurs and big thinkers opportunities and encouragement as they seek to realise their potential.
Start-ups of the month
Start-up of April
Interclass is an online learning environment for high school students. Interclass is the solution for students that are in need of extra help but also for students that want extra challenges. Students can benefit from Interclass in two different ways:
1. They get higher grades because of the new effective way of learning
2. They can get prepared for their next step: college
Start-up of May
Do you know how hard and stressful is to go to a new city, where you don’t know anyone, you don’t know where you are going to live, but most important of all with who you are going to live with? FlatFit tells you the percentage of compatibility with your future roommates and at the same time we help landlords find their ideal tenants according to their preferences.
Start-up of June
UniNow helps students to find their path. The UniNow app supports students to organize their studies with little effort and to facilitate the entry into their career. The features such as the schedule, cafeteria menu, library account, mailbox and grading overview are maintaining everyday student’s life. The career portal makes it easier to find an internship, part-time job or a dream job. Students discover awesome employer profiles and get in touch with interesting companies.
Start-up of July
ShareSpace is a platform that connects space operators with tenants and fully transfers the whole process of renting common office spaces online. This is a significant change for the lives of young professionals and for the real estate market. ShareSpace revolutionizes office renting process