U. of Chicago Students Try To Disrupt Course Materials Market and Save Students Money

University of Chicago students take a hack at the textbook and course materials market. From Ben Wieder at The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Nikhil G. Abraham, a graduate student at the University of Chicago, was standing in line at the campus bookstore last fall when he realized he was about to pay for something he’d already bought: the readings in his course pack.

Most of the articles in the photocopied collection of readings were available through a database of journals the university’s library already subscribed to, or could be found on a free public Web site.Mr. Abraham shared the insight with a fellow graduate student, Matthew E. Kopko, and a business idea was born: Sibylus, a cheaper, online alternative to printed course packs.

The team participated in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ New Venture Challenge, came in second place, and walked away with $18,000.

via U. of Chicago Students Hope to Revolutionize Course Packs – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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