Our goal is simple: create technology that helps students find optimal study help on the university level. Our product offers three core functionalities:

1) Improved Student-to-Expert Interactions: we recognize that the professors, tutoring services and TAs are great sources of information for students. We also recognize that the professors and TAs have a limited amount of time to help students and the office hours they provide aren't fully utilized. Tutoring centers are also available to students on a limited time schedule and are underutilized. We are connecting students to these great resources in a way that optimizes the time spent together. We have done this by connecting students to the appropriate expert based on similar schedules, classes, needs, and location.

2) Improved Student-to-Student Interactions: there is much evidence to show that collaborative learning is the most effective way to retain material learned in a classroom. We also know that it's not about working with...
Our goal is simple: create technology that helps students find optimal study help on the university level. Our product offers three core functionalities:

1) Improved Student-to-Expert Interactions: we recognize that the professors, tutoring services and TAs are great sources of information for students. We also recognize that the professors and TAs have a limited amount of time to help students and the office hours they provide aren't fully utilized. Tutoring centers are also available to students on a limited time schedule and are underutilized. We are connecting students to these great resources in a way that optimizes the time spent together. We have done this by connecting students to the appropriate expert based on similar schedules, classes, needs, and location.

2) Improved Student-to-Student Interactions: there is much evidence to show that collaborative learning is the most effective way to retain material learned in a classroom. We also know that it's not about working with other people: it's about working with the right people. We have designed an algorithm that matches students with their ideal study partners.

3) Data Analytics Information on Student Behavior: imagine that three weeks before the exam, the professor knows exactly what material (that will be on the upcoming test) the students in the class are struggling with? He or she can then properly cater the upcoming lessons so that the students' understanding is improved and the students are better prepared for the exam. We want to help students assess themselves regularly throughout the duration of the course so that professors can have a live assessment of student's understanding at any point during the semester.
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Advisors

Greg Coticchia
Admin
Greg Coticchia Greg Coticchia, MBA, PC, is an award-winning technology executive with over twenty-five years experience in high tech products and services
Mark Visco Jr.
Admin
Mark Visco Jr. Founder & CEO of Suitable. Pitt Business alum. Entrepreneurship is in my blood. I have plenty of energy and view the world as an opportunity

Recommendations

Mark Visco Jr. CEO at Suitable.co

Simi has demonstrated their ability to learn and iterate. This separates them from the rest of the pack and displays a diligent leadership. Smart founders that are well supported by Pitt. They have proved their concept and are ready to take things to the next level.

Babs Carryer Mentor at Nymbus Media

I have known Jenny Sommer for a year as she has interned at the Innovation Institute and been a vital part of our burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem. Jenny is a leader and is determined, persistent, and dedicated to finding solutions. Simi is her chosen venture and I am confident that Jenny and her team will succeed at developing a solution to a need which they are validating with actual customers. I highly recommend Jenny, her team, and Simi for funding and support as they move forward.

Derek Orr

Simi the App will be a very useful app for all the students on campus. I've been a tutor at Pitt for 3 years now and I'd love to encourage more students to engage with other students as well as with other tutors, as I will be graduating next spring. I believe Simi will expand the tutoring business at Pitt phenomenally. They have an efficient design, key ideas, and a motivated staff to get this job done. Also, the student-student interaction is a necessity that many students are unable to achieve on their own. Study groups between students are usually only with friends but, with Simi, shy students will be able to communicate with other students just like them who have the same questions they do. By doing so, students are making connections with other students and building friendships that would not have been built without Simi. I recommend Simi the App because it will strengthen students' understanding of the course as well as help advertise tutors who are knowledgable in the course.