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Meet our members: Prepp

Publisert: 9. januar 2019

Prepp provides a chatbot to distribute messages, surveys or pre-configured conversation to large groups of employees. We spoke with Amin Fard, Co-founder and CEO, to hear more about how their chatbot engages with millennial employees; their next big step to open an office in Asia and their challenges.

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Can you describe briefly what Prepp.io does?
We make it more efficient and engaging for companies to get alignment of the workforce when it comes to internal information and learning, especially for companies with large mobile workforces.
We do this through a chatbot that connects with employees and delivers small chunks of knowledge, asks them questions or asks them to do small tasks. Everything happens as individual and engaging conversations between the chatbot and the employees.

How does your product work? or What type of services do you offer?
Leadership in an organization can get the chatbot to distribute messages, surveys or pre-configured conversation to large groups of employees. We get the employee engaged in the conversation by having them replying to the chatbot, just like they are used to from their personal lives with friends, family and businesses.
The messages can be automated, so you can onboard new employees to the company as soon as they sign up for the company chat application. The employee receives a series of chat conversations and short videos from our chatbot «Anna».  Another example is driving health and safety awareness by sending small bytes of knowledge to the employees over time as fun and engaging chat conversations with our chatbot.
Prepp.io chatbot platform only works for companies using Workplace by Facebook, but we are soon ready for Microsoft teams/Skype for business as well.

What do you want to change?
The gap between how companies try to engage millennial employees, and how millennial employees want to be engaged is huge. We want to change how businesses engage their employees to suit the chat-based world we live in.

Why did you choose edtech?
Because the world has changed, but we are still trying to educate people in ways that are built for a world that no longer exists.

What do you see are the biggest challenges in this market?
For our startup, the challenge has been to be international from day one with limited risk capital and startup talent in Norway. We focus on large companies, and it is also a challenge to work with them, as decision processes takes time.
That being said, we have been incredibly fortunate to work with Workplace by Facebook and they have been helping us getting over the hurdle of getting large companies to use our solution quicker than we have anticipated. We have more than 100.000 employees in over 30 countries getting messages from our service regularly.

What is your next big steps or ambitions?
Short term, we are launching as one of the first integration to launch in Workplace by Facebooks brand new app market place, so we are looking forward to that.
Next step is to raise a Seed round
After that it is scaling, opening an office in Asia. We have signed customers like AirAsia, Scoot, Jazz telecom and AIA, that means a lot of early mornings for the team here in Oslo. Opening an office in Asia is an ambition for us.

In what way has being a member of Oslo Edtech Cluster made a difference for you?
We have met other companies in the same space.

How many employees do you have?
8

Which stage do you say your company is at? Growth? Well established?
Early stage, searching for a scalable and repeatable growth model.