This is the story of UNIwise
Making WISEflow, this is the journey we have travelled so far
The first Swedish Universities on-board WISEflow
WISEflow was chosen by Swedish universities Örebro University and Karlstad University following EU public tenders.
WISEflow breaking ground in the UK
WISEflow is in full operation at Brunel University London and Arts University Bournemouth. After successful pilots, the two UK universities selected WISEflow as their future platform for assessment.
UNIwise wins award in the UK
At the UK Competition & Global Entrepreneurs Programme, UNIwise was chosen as the winner in the GEP.
New branch office in Norway
UNIwise continued the expansion with an office in Norway.
UNIwise chosen as preferred provider in Norway
After a process lasting two years WISEflow was chosen as the preferred provider in Norway. This followed Uninetts tender on digital assessments and solutions for the Norwegian Universities and University colleges.
New branch office in Sweden
UNIwise opened an office in Göteborg, Sweden.
3-Year partnership agreed
Together with the Korean partner WeDu Communications and Centre for Teaching and Learning at Aarhus University, UNIwise agreed to a 3-year partnership to develop a true Online Massive Assessment Platform (OMAP). The project enhances WISEflow with high-end authentication and learning analytics functionalities and makes it possible to conduct 100 % secure digital exams for a massive number of students.
New branch office in South Korea
UNIwise opened an office in Seoul, South Korea.
WISEflow was selected as the core engine in the new solution netprøver.dk
Netprøver.dk handles written assignments digitally at high schools in Denmark. In 2017 the solution will cover all high school exams and potentially all primary school exams as well.
All Danish Business Academies and Maritime Schools onboards WISEflow
UNIwise was chosen as supplier in yet another public EU tender covering the whole Business Academy sector in Denmark.
UNIwise wins OpenAxel Contest
UNIwise was recognised as one of Europe’s leading startups by OpenAxel.
All Danish university colleges onboards WISEflow
UNIwise won all the Danish university colleges in a public EU tender. From then on more and more institutions joined WISEflow.
Hard times at UNIwise
UNIwise counted on Aarhus University as the first major client, but when the task was put out to tender as a joint tender between Aarhus University and 4 other Danish universities, UNIwise lost. After 1,5 years the money was running low, and UNIwise had to leave their office, when the landlord went bankrupt. Without money to spend on a new business address, the team found an old, closed property without heating and internet. During the winter everyone wore gloves and hats inside while working, and the platform was managed through an iPhone as Wi-Fi hotspot. No one ever lost faith in WISEflow and everyone agreed to cut salary by half.
UNIwise awarded Start up of the year ‘13 – Best immaterial product
The team behind WISEflow won the prestigious Start up of the year award for best immaterial product.
The official launch
UNIwise was officially launched as a company and three of the previous student programmers, who had helped building the platform were hired. Shortly after, the first Norwegian university and a small Danish private school started using WISEflow.
The birth of WISEflow
A group of student programmers started building WISEflow and in just two years more than 10 % of the university’s exams were digitized. In a short amount of time WISEflow became very successful and the founders decided to buy the commercial rights in order to offer the solution to other universities and institutions.
The founders, working in managing positions at Aarhus University, identified a student demand to bring and use their own computers for exams. At that time, no technology was yet available that could prevent cheating and plagiarism in digital exams. Aarhus University therefore applied and received funding from the Danish Government to investigate the potential of digitizing exams and assessments.
We know how important exams are to education institutions, which is why we take great security precautions. Read this blog post on the security measures we apply in WISEflow.