UNIBEES Expanding

Indian students Chandra Kiran Achanta (left) and Abinav Varma Kalidindi created UNIBEES to help students find free food and other campus activities. (UNIBEES photo)

An app that connects students to free food and various campus activities has now reached more than 100 universities across the United States.

UNIBEES, created by Indian students Abinav Varma Kalidindi and Chandra Kiran Achanta, who are pursuing their graduate degrees at the University of Texas at Dallas business school, started in Texas at UT schools in Dallas, Austin and Arlington, as well as Texas A&M, but has now expanded to reach more than 100 campuses.

The reach has changed student engagement on campus, according to a UNIBEES news release. It showcases where a student can find free food, campus events of their interest, deals and entertainment happenings around the university, and more, all while building a community where students with similar interests can interact, it said.

The app was featured among the top 32 digital media startups in the nation by SSM-South by Southwest in Austin. Additionally, it has won several business idea competitions.

To date, the app has 12,000 users across four campuses and intends to be in all the major universities in the U.S. within a year, the news release said.

Earlier in the year, for his work on the app, the UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management honored Varma with the ‘Future CEO Owlie’ Award (see India-West article here).

For its success, Varma and UNIBEES has been featured in a number of university publications and later took second at the 2016 Business Idea Competition, besting another 109 teams and winning $5,000.

The competition success also got Varma and UNIBEES a front page slot in the well-known innovation publication in the Dallas area, Dallas Innovates.

UNIBEES was also awarded a $25,000 grant from the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas whose required criterion for selection is a business concept with the potential to scale to millions of dollars in revenue, UNIBEES said in a statement.

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