Sympl. was named the 2017 Michigan State University Startup of the Year.

Sympl. was named the 2017 Michigan State University Startup of the Year.

 
 

 

Sympl. is composed of 5 current undergrad and recent college graduates. Matthew Eleweke, company co-founder and CEO was born and raised in Detroit, MI where he graduated from U of D Jesuit High School, and went on to play football for Michigan State University. Matthew recently earned his bachelor's degree in advertising management. Mark Meyers, marketing coordinator for Sympl., too is a former Michigan State football player. Mark played 4 years and was a 4-time academic all big ten player before earning his bachelor's degree in creative advertising. Last but not least, Roderick Walker is a current undergrad student at Michigan State University, majoring in Media and Information with a minor in Information Technology.

As college students, we noticed that people of our generation are comfortable in a college campus setting, but the thing that they often fear or choose to "think about later" is life after school. There is a lack of networking being encouraged amongst students, and a lack of efficiency when it comes to the resources a student needs when it comes to being a successful student. There are websites that provide students with flash cards, study guides, and old quizzes, but none provide them with easy access to classmates and professors, the only other people that know what is going on in the class at the time. The importance of networking is downplayed, especially when you get to college. There is a stigma that exists that says that a good student doesn't really have time for socializing, however being social is the new form of networking for our generation. Certain skills and trades can be taught by a professor in a classroom, but not everything you need to know in order to grow in the business world can't be taught in a classroom. Some skills, like networking, need to be experienced. 

Sympl. is the first step students will take towards becoming more engaged with the classwork and their peers.