Young entrepreneurs: George Burgess, Education Apps
Serial entrepreneur George Burgess has big plans for his education app Gojimo
Name: George Burgess
Company: Education Apps Ltd (Gojimo)
Who is better placed to create the ultimate revision app than a student?
That was the thinking of the enterprising George Burgess, who realised when preparing for his A-levels that despite the recent explosion in smartphone apps, there was nothing of any reasonable standard created to serve students’ needs.
With a string of ventures already under his belt, including running an eBay PowerSeller shop at the age of 15 and starting a filming company with a friend at 16, Burgess was perfectly placed to fill this gap in the market with a successful tech venture.
Started in 2009 when Burgess was just 17, Education Apps launched with a GCSE Geography revision app, which quickly became a hit amongst his fellow students. This turned into a successful company with a suite of over 100 apps – the company concluded its first publisher deal with FTSE 100 education giant Pearson, when George was 18 years old.
But the mark of a truly promising entrepreneur is an inability to stand still, and Burgess has decided to pivot Education Apps’ business model dramatically, rebranding as Gojimo and launching an ambitious all-in-one exam preparation app.
Burgess says he sees Gojimo becoming the ‘number one provider’ of educational resources for students in the next few years, and this is a view evidently shared by some seriously heavyweight backers – the company announced earlier this year that it had raised more than $1m in a seed funding round led by prestigious tech investor Index Ventures.
At just 21, Burgess has managed to create the perfect storm – a successful company, a killer product, and substantial seed capital for growth.