On a mission to improve student wellbeing and success

We are on a mission to improve student wellbeing by helping all students find friendship and develop a sense of belonging.

In 2015 the top-ranked BI Norwegian Business School (BI) initiated a project that would become a 5-year development project based on the BI2020 report, with the purpose of finding out how the students' digital learning environment should be developed. The project started with the goal of increasing student engagement in Higher Education, but evolved along the way to focus on reducing dropout rates.

Differ (also known as EdTech Foundry AS) was founded as a private company to be a R&D partner for BI LearningLab, that could also collaborate with other institutions and operate independently.

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Differ is an active educational research partner

The Differ solution is a result of an ongoing innovative collaboration between higher education institutions across Europe.
EDUBOTS 2019-2022
Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance

Differ is the consortium leader for a group of 6 partners across Europe, working on best practice implementation of chatbot technology in Higher Education.

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Chatbots 4 Loyalty 2018-2022
Norwegian project lead by SINTEF

In Chatbots for Loyalty, our goal is to strengthen the role chatbots may take as point of contact between customers, users, and companies.

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Digital Learning Arena 2015-2019
R&D project with BI Norwegian Business School

10 solutions implemented, 35,000 first-year students
550,000 messages sent - 4.2M user sessions - 22M data points

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The team

We are a small, distributed, team based in Norway, Austria, Romania and Italy. Together we have fun, and do good work. =)
Meet our leaders, Lars and Gregor
Lars Willner
CEO
Gregor Jarisch
CTO

These are some of the current and past partners that made Differ what it is today

Differ was founded in 2015, and has been working in close collaboration with Higher Education institutions from the beginning. These are some of the partners that has been important on our journey.

These are some of the current and past partners that made Differ what it is today

Differ was founded in 2015, and has been working in close collaboration with Higher Education institutions from the beginning. These are some of the partners that has been important on our journey.