UCF Partners with Schoolflow!

August 1st, 2016

A popular Orlando-based organization app for students plans to relaunch at University of Central Florida with a new feature.

Schoolflow, a mobile app that helps students automatically organize their school assignments, now is licensed to feature UCF's remote collaboration tool— software that broadcasts an instructor's lecture with interactive notes. Schoolflow licensed the patented technology in exchange for UCF having a percentage stake in the company. The tool will give students a chance to view interactive lectures from various locations such as their dorm room.

The startup plans to launch the app at UCF this month, around the time the fall semester begins.

Last year, when the company first launched its app at UCF, it had more than 3,000 users, and also was available at University of Florida. However, earlier this year, the company was forced to remove its app from both universities for not going through the proper channels for approval.

Schoolflow said it got approval from Canvas, a learning management system used by various universities across the U.S. UF states that it is not opposed to using the Schoolflow app, but that it must ensure safeguards are put in place. UCF is in the process of fully approving the app for student use, said Andre DeBarros, who co-founded Schoolflow Inc. in 2014 with Gabe Medina and Simon Pacheco. "We are finalizing the contract this week," he told Orlando Business Journal.

Schoolflow, a graduate of Orlando tech accelerator StarterStudio, now is participating in the newest local accelerator FireSpring. By participating in the six-month program, Schoolflow may be eligible for a $225,000 investment. The company also will receive up to $300,000 from Florida Institute of Commercialization of Public Research.

Press Release: https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2016/08/01/ucf-patent-to-help-grow-local-tech-firm.amp.html