Startup Stories: Tutorfair

Startup Stories: Tutorfair

by Mark Selby, 30 October 2018

In a sustainable world, every business should take a triple bottom line approach by evaluating its performance in terms of 1) economic value, 2) environmental impact and 3) social responsibility.

Innovation Warehouse-based Tutorfair’s mission is to help kids succeed by giving students fair access to excellent tutors and developing inspirational tutors who care – with a donation from each lesson helping to provide free tuition to students from low-income backgrounds.

Founded in 2012 by Edd Stockwell and Andrew Ground, Tutorfair is essentially a web platform that makes it simple for parents to find tutors for their children.

It provides access to tutors in academic subjects ranging from mathematics to music to sciences and other services – such as dyslexia and special needs. Tutorfair has a vast presence and is located within and around the periphery of London.

The Tutorfair Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation, states that for every student who pays, another child who cannot receives free tutoring. The company started off at Innovation Warehouse as three people and now have around nine full-time employees.

Tutorfair visited 13 coworking spaces across London and found Innovation Warehouse to be the most convenient for its team members, as well as having the right balance between tech and business.

The founders said they have greatly benefited from being part of a healthy community of entrepreneurs and the many business synergies that have come out of it, including cross promotions and crowd-funding advice.

As a business that runs many events, the ease of access to the communal space has also been invaluable.

Tutorfair has raised over £1 million in several seed funding rounds in addition to grants through Innovate UK and Horizon 2020.

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