Today we are launching a new initiative by pledging free access to our flagship scheduling application for student groups and associations, as well as announcing two new partnerships with the Management Undergraduate Society (MUS), and the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS).
SchedulingDirect was born out of Dobson Cup, the annual start-up competition hosted by the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Desautels Faculty of Management. Since our inception a year and a half ago by McGill alumni Brian Luong (BCom ’13), Sebastien Dragnea (BSc ’14), and Charles-Edouard Desmarais (BCom ’15), we have been hard at work bringing value to the shift-based workplace in hospitality, food, and retail industries.
Our founders have found access and proximity to the McGill community as one of the most crucial elements driving their growth thus far. “I think we owe a lot of our success in building a great team to being able to recruit from the McGill community at large.” Desmarais says. Our the team roster is indeed dominated by McGill students, who manage every aspect of the business from product development to marketing. “Having this kind of talent pool so close to us makes it easier for us build an awesome team, and we felt that it was important for us to give back to this community.”
The new initiative allows any current full-time student with a McGill University email to sign up and use the application free of charge. MUS is already seeing results in deploying the application to organizing its staff for orientation week, and EUS is actively following suit with their own teams. “SchedulingDirect can be used in any setting where a team schedule needs to be coordinated by one or more managers,” Luong explains. “We hope we can help these student groups and teams get organized much easier, so they can focus on what they do best instead of spending time trying to figure out their scheduling.”
The student program is live effective immediately, and will be automatically applied to any account sign-ups with a valid McGill student email address.