I first met Andy and Lauren at the very start of their Zealify journey, shortly after they had tested and ruled out another business idea. They quickly gave me a valuable lesson in how to properly implement lean startup ideas. I still count them as my youngest mentors!
As teams go, these guys have the perfect blend of intelligence, tenacity, hunger and passion to succeed. It was obvious from the very beginning that they would learn quick, fail fast and iterate until they had a multi-million pound business. So it didn’t take me long to decide I would invest in whatever they built. The decision to follow my first investment further down the line was even easier, having watched them execute in the early days of Zealify. What I like most of all is their (nowadays rare) respect and drive for good old fashioned revenue.
Lauren and Andy first came to Student Upstarts in late 2012 and watching them work over the last 18 months has been incredible.
I firmly believe that success comes down to the people and team and Zealify has one of the best teams I have met. They have the drive to go out and test their ideas and have continuously shown that they are willing to learn new skills required for the company, a skill that regularly sets them apart.
Their confidence in sales, belief in the product, and focus on community and relationships leaves me with no doubt that they will go on to develop Zealify into an astounding company that makes a real difference to all clients and users.