MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management alumnae Elsa Bensaid and Divya Rajendran have designed an app to increase networking opportunities for students. The app ‘BridgeEat’ allows students to discover new profiles among the student community, share knowledge, and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
BridgeEat brings together students from various faculties and universities around the table to socialize and network while sharing a meal, hosted at a student’s home. It is a multi-sided platform allowing the host to post menus and choose the profiles that they want to join. Hosts and guests can select each other based on university, faculty, past experiences, interests and future prospects.
Why did you develop BridgeEat?
University students are surrounded by an extensive pool of talent, knowledge, and cultural diversity. But as co-founder Elsa explains “students have a tendency to stick with their classmates, which leads to limited networking opportunities. BridgeEat allows students a chance to tap in to the social network around them and gives them confidence to develop professional contacts in future.”
Why around a meal?
For Elsa and Divya, sharing a meal is the best way to ice-break given that food has always been a great social connector. In fact, in every culture, food always plays a fundamental role in any celebrations. Indeed, this is how they came up with the name ‘BridgeEat’; to create a bridge between students using food. The founders realise students may also be comfortable by gathering people in their place and eating take-out or ready to cook meals, which is also an option for users of the app.
What does BridgeEat set out to achieve?
BridgeEat aims to become a global social dining platform for students desiring to network and socialise in a warm environment. Elsa and Divya want students to make as many connections as possible early and believe university is the best place to start.
How can students take part?
BridgeEat will be freely available to download from the iOS Apple Store in October 2016. In order to keep this platform dedicated to students, only students with a valid university email ID will be able to install the app. This means current students and alumni students can use the app, as long as their university email ID works. Students will then be able to host or join meals and build connections. There is a fee for students when they book a seat at a table. But, given these meals are made by students for other students, the prices set by each host are expected to be fair and affordable. Find out more about BridgeEat here.