On a mission to improve student wellbeing and success

Differ is a new social platform for university students, empowering students to build authentic relationships with peers and develop a stronger sense of belonging. By doing so, we hope to empower students to develop stronger social networks, skills and capital.

The team run a research-driven edtech company, working in collaboration with students, universities and unions to solve some of the problems around student loneliness and belonging. The company origins from Norway, founded in 2015. It has been co-funded by social impact investors, the EU (Erasmus+) and top private VCs from EU & US.

Innovative research projects

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
Gregor Jarisch

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.