The shortage of rooms in Utrecht makes hospitality evenings a time-consuming task for student houses. Hundreds of candidates apply for one free room-for-rent. How do student houses manage this?
At the beginning of September, Master's students Business Development & Entrepreneurship Cornelis den Hartog and Lars Molenaar launched the app myHospi, as an attempt to end the frustrations due to searching for new roommates. The Centre for Entrepreneurship spoke with the two student entrepreneurs about putting the lessons from their Master's programme into practice.
Tell us, how did you come up with the idea for myHospi?
Lars: The idea for the app was actually born out of personal frustration. Organising a hospitality evening is terrible: you post a message on Facebook and within twenty-four hours you receive around two hundred reactions, all from people who supposedly love to cook and are good at cleaning up. Photos are often missing. Eventually you randomly invite some people and during the evening you realise that you have no idea who is who. Afterwards you discuss with your roommates which of the candidates would fit best. Usually the roommate with the biggest mouth gets his way, or you all get into an argument.
Cornelis: This turned out to be very relatable. In the first week, the app already had over a thousand users, while we did almost nothing about marketing.