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 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.
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.
The Best in Class Awards
Best in Class Awards celebrate the companies, institutions and individuals going that extra miles in making student living more efficient, welcoming and professional. In a young and learning industry, we find it important to honour these thought leadership and encourage the exchange of bright ideas. Our recognised Awards ceremony is taking place during our annual Class Conference Gala Dinner and features a wide array of awards categories, including the start-up of the year.