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16 October

OV in Student Start-up

We love hearing how OVs are getting on and it is wonderful to have this report from OV, current Biomedical Science student and Founder of WRENt, Joseph Myatt (Cr 11-18) about what he has been up to since leaving King’s…

“In what has been a rather interesting year, it has never been more important to focus on the future. As a second-year student in Bristol, I, alongside many others, saw how dysfunctional the student housing market is. In many ways it appears to be rooted in the 20th century, if not the 19th!

The net impact for students searching for property is (and I don’t want to put you off here) miserable. There is a common fact that a group of relative strangers have a month to coalesce, find a house and move in. After hacking through this process, I was left with one inescapable thought: There must be a better solution than this.

My start-up WRENt is seeking to change this market and drag student rentals into the 21st century.

WRENt thinks the environment that you live in and the system that enables this process is an important part in the academic experience of student. But the various property markets aimed at students are being left behind socially and technologically. WRENt aims to challenge the status quo by looking to the future; where is the market heading and what technology will be available? Instead of building a product for the immediate market, WRENt is far sighted and we think this route of development will future-proof the industry.

WRENt was founded with the support of the University of the West of England Enterprise Scholarship. The Scholarship provides funding, mentorship and much needed business education.

The experience of creating something new is always very exciting and can at times be terrifying, however, very rewarding. This experience has clarified the importance of failure in success, a message repeated to me time and time again at school. It is a message that I found necessary to practice.

This journey didn’t end when it started because of a willingness to fail. There is an understanding that in being ambitious we don’t always succeed. Being comfortable with failure means one can often take risks that lead to reward.”