TechInPacific – Coming from Papua New Guinean entrepreneur Samson Korawali’s idea and the team is Reelae, an online learning platform that delivers simplicity, modernity, and ability to scale.
The platform finds a timely use in today’s condition as the remote culture take center seat despite being launched a few months before.
According to Founder and CEO Korawali, the platform doesn’t limit itself to the school and university.
‘Now that people are staying at home, they want to do coaching and want to deliver their own content. We are not just for a school or university – we allow tutors of all types, or people who are delivering their own content, to use Reelae so that they can create business opportunities for themselves. The bigger software providers don’t allow entry points for smaller providers.’
‘The world has no choice to but to operate this way and with schools closing, my learning app is much suited for this reason,’ says Korawali. The product takes its name from a computer ‘relay’ and the city of Lae, where Korawali was born and raised.
The platform makes a difference in its featured analytics and real-time reporting that allows both administrators and teachers to track students’ individual and teamwork activity. This means teachers and students can develop an instant communication within the platform.
‘You can do assessments, you can do real-time tracking of activities so teachers can see the real-time engagement rate of the students; whether they have participated or not you can share resources together and instant chat if you need to.’
The Sydney-based entrepreneur also considering PNG as their next expansion step, saying, ‘I have a vision to set up an office of Reelae in PNG. In Lae, to provide employment and training for my people, both technically and in sales, and to have PNG be the Asia-Pacific headquarters, then have Australia to be the global HQ.’
Microsoft has also taken interest in the platform and giving support through their engineers, server infrastructure funding, and getting the platform on Microsoft Store next year.
‘In the past 18 months, we have raised pre-seed funding of approximately K600,000 in addition to the Microsoft backing,’ Korawali says. ‘We are in the Microsoft Startup Program and are one of the few startups in Australia and the world to get access to Microsoft technical and sales staff to help us scale this year across PNG, Australia, and the rest of the globe.’
The platform, which is named after the word computer ‘relay’ and Lae, Korawali’s hometown, has accumulated customers as well as a pilot class from Newcastle, New South Wales. The school plans to use Reelae for the next few months along with the lockdown.