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Education management with no qualifications needed

Joshua Harrington is the kind of young entrepreneur that make you wish you’d done more with your life.

The Invercargill freelance web designer has already worked on the startup What’s On Invers?, an event listing website for the region and is working on the social auction platform NZ Trader.

Last year he quit school to pursue MEPO, an idea that’s morphed from a Startup Weekend pitch into an education management platform designed for simple collaboration among students and teachers.

MEPO (Manage Education Platform Online) was sparked when Harrington was still at school and found the platform used there, and others available on the market, were difficult to navigate.

“The idea was for a more simple platform,” he says. “The school had one that wasn’t user friendly and teachers weren’t using it because of that. [MEPO] has a social network feel so people don’t feel it’s clunky.”

The platform, which Harrington hopes will launch in beta in July, is also designed for global collaboration among teachers and students.

Groups can share resources including text, images and links and there’s a real time messaging function. Teachers can also use the service to post tasks for their group.

When Harrington pitched MEPO it was service for people to leave questions and get a crowdsourced answer. But the Startup Weekend connected him with team members Neil Riley, CEO at Live-wire Learning, and marketing student Nikolas Bielski.

The team envisages adopting a software as a service model for MEPO. 

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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