The success of TickBox


TickBox – a website set up by Exeter student Matt Morley to help people compare election candidates and decide who to vote for – picked up two awards at this year’s SETSquared Student Enterprise Awards. TickBox Head of Marketing Alex Scott-Malden tells us about their awards experience…

Sometimes it takes a nudge from the outside to look up and realise what you have done.

In the run up to the SetSquared awards we were hardly aware they were happening. All four of us were feverishly writing proposals, meeting investors and planning the next stage of TickBox. Our stall for the event was put together in the minutes we could find in between sending emails and general working. It may sound a little self-congratulatory but I think it was when we turned up at the evening that we realised what we’d done might just have worked.

We spent a good hour talking to people about TickBox, seeing their interest pique as we mentioned the 41,000 people who’d used the site or the articles written about us, including one in the Independent. It was great to watch people having a go on our touch screen computer and seeing who they were matched with. A moment of comedy occurred when a member of the Conservative party was recommended he shouldn’t vote for himself…

The awards dinner itself was wonderful, there’s something really quite magical about going up on stage. Under the lights we ended up collecting both the Best Student Start – Up and the People’s Choice award.

From the bottom of our hearts we’d like to thank Ignite, the Students Guild, the University and everyone who came and voted for us. You all made us feel special.

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