Dexto – improving employability for 1st gen uni students

The business idea behind DEXTO is an application aimed to boost the employability of students from underrepresented demographics. It provides tailored employability advice that assists students in understanding their own potential, enabling career unfoldment and proactivity.

DEXTO was a finalist at the inaugural EduGrowth LaunchPad Business Start EdTech business plan competition. The submission, interview and presentation by Anish Calpakam impressed the judging panel consisting of Dan Ingvarson, Carlos Schafer and Pauline Farrell. Who commented that this business idea has the potential to help university students gain meaningful employment post graduation.

DEXTO is the work of Anish Calpakam and Nikita Fernandes, both from Monash University.

The business plan submission highlighted that students from underrepresented demographics are 25% less likely to secure employment after graduation. Specifically, students first in their family to attend university do not have the same access to networks and advice as their peers and struggled to identify career options.

The DEXTO application assesses a students attributes, based on a series of tests, and compares the results with multiple relevant professionals with similar backgrounds and life experience working in a range of industries and roles. This helps students to overcome personal and perceived societal limitations when pursuing a career. In addition, the application offers real-time data and strategies to help secure a job.

As a finalist of the 2018 EduGrowth LaunchPad Business Start business plan competition, DEXTO received Plato Project – Starting a Start-up course, designed for aspiring entrepreneurs, Brandollo Access, AWS Hosting Credits and connection with an EduGrowth mentor.

For more information about DEXTO, please contact:

Anish Calpakam
[email protected]