When we started Charopy we always said that Term 2, 2019 would be a pilot period capped at a maximum of three schools. We are now coming very close to the end of Term 2 and it is time to start sharing more widely some of the amazing features we have built into the product plus some of the features we are in the process of building, as well as highlight some of the amazing schools we are working with and those we will be working with in future.
So unless you either teach at, or have children at one of our Sydney pilot schools, chances are you haven't even heard of Charopy until now as we have been very conscious about keeping a low profile - but that is about to change in a big way. More news on that in the coming days.
Part of my reason as the founder of Charopy for doing a pilot period was the success I had when I founded the Qkr for Schools mobile payments app back in 2013. At that time I insisted that the number of schools be capped for the first 6 months. Even though we knew the product was becoming incredibly popular with our early pilot schools, we did not want to grow too fast before we were ready to handle the growth. So in 2014 we came out of pilot and had almost 100 schools sign up in that first year. Today almost 1,000 schools around Australia use that app, and my hope is that with Charopy my team and I can recreate the magic of the early days of Qkr and do for recycling and student initiated payments what Qkr did for parent initiated payments in schools. At Charopy we are now ready to come out of pilot and from Term 3, 2019 we will be accepting more schools onto our platform - a platform that is already seeing, in the schools with which we work, an increase of 2 to 3 times the number of children engaged with the container deposit scheme, whilst increasing the frequency of their interaction with that scheme by an even greater extent. My team and I are extremely focussed on getting school children to embrace sustainably, and we welcome your interest in following our progress.