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QUP is a mobile game that teaches students empathy and rewards them with cash for playing.
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Update: If we reach 300% of our fundraising goal ($15,000) or 300 pledges in the next 48 hours, every pledge will include an exclusive QUP phone wallet!

Continuing to CRUSH our Kickstarter goal means we'll be able to afford additional resources to build QUP and empower even more students around the world.  

When we reach 300% of our funding goal, we can hire some of the talented people that have helped us build QUP -- people like Hazel, a Software Developer with an adorable dog named Jasper (it's his bday next week 🎉) and Ksenia, a Graphic Designer with a passion to empower young girls through community (like Future LeadHers, which she founded).

Jack Ma reminded us at the World Economic Forum that "everything we teach should be different from machines". This is why the future of education must prepare our students with the skills that make us uniquely human. Help us finish building QUP: a mobile game that teaches students curiosity and empathy.

What is QUP?

QUP (pronounced Q-UP) is a mobile game for high school students to practice curiosity and empathy, while earning money. Winning teams receive fundraising dollars to do more of the things they love. Whether it’s basketball, robotics, dance or a pizza party with their classmates — QUP helps them get there! 

QUP games are less than 3-minutes long and students can earn up to $5000 each day! 

By supporting our Kickstarter, your pledge will help fund the final stages of app development. 


What is QUP: The Card Game?

QUP: The Card Game was developed to teach empathy and curiosity through play and competition. After testing with students, we learned that empathy is something we all can work on.  QUP: The Card Game is perfect for team building in the workplace; enhanced learning in the classroom; or family bonding during game night. 

By pledging $38 to our Kickstarter, you'll receive a Collectors Edition of QUP: The Card Game the exclusive prototyping tool used to build and test the mobile app. Each deck includes 50 curious statements that test your empathy in a fun and competitive game.


How Does QUP the App Differ? 

QUP will be a mobile game for high school students to practice curiosity and empathy, while earning money. Students can compete daily on the app for fundraising dollars from outside their local communities. The app is free for students to play. 

QUP began as an idea on post-its that we turned into a card game, and now we're building an app. Exclusive to this Kickstarter, your pledge will go towards funding the final stages of our app. As a thank you, you'll receive a Collectors Edition of QUP: The Card Game. 


 How Will Students Raise Money on QUP? 

 Students QUP daily to earn money for events, sports, and other activities they love while practicing empathy and curiosity. 

For Students, QUP is Free to Play Forever

Since money is often the difference between getting to play or sitting on the bench, we built QUP to make successful fundraising possible for all students. On QUP, students can access fundraising dollars that come from outside of their community. 


How Do You Play QUP? 

QUP games are less than 3-minutes long and students can earn up to $5000 each day!

 First round:

  • Students are shown a statement: Ex: “Justin Bieber is in jail” 
  • Students have 90 seconds to submit a response 
  • Their response must include who cares and why they care about the statement 
  • However, their response can't contain any of the forbidden words #illegal 

Second round: 

  • Students are shown anonymous responses from other players
  • Then, they vote for their favourite answer
  • The response with the most votes wins up to $5,000!  

How Does QUP Teach Empathy?

Asking the right question matters.

In a world where Google has all the answers, we're building QUP to empowers students to ask the right questions through empathy and curiosity.

Design thinking dictates that in building solutions, we must first deeply understand problems. As empathy is the initial step to understanding a problem, the questions we ask in QUP are “who cares?” and “why?. By answering these two important questions, students are able to exercise their curiosity and empathy muscles!  

Why QUP Exists

Music lessons, class trips, and sports teams are just some of the enriching experiences which allow students to truly see what's possible and build their confidence. However, these experiences come at a cost that many students aren't able to afford.

QUP exists to empower students through BOTH economic access (money) and education (skills). 

Student fundraising is hard and it only becomes more difficult for students who need it the most. At the end of the day, a bake sale, bottle drive, or car wash still relies on the local community for success. This poses considerable barriers for students who come from low-income communities. With fundraising as it stands today, students aren't empowered to raise money through their abilities; instead, they have to rely on their network.  

Why Teachers Love QUP

They love QUP because it makes teaching empathy and curiosity easy and fun. Teachers play QUP: The Card Game with their students in class, colleagues for professional development, and their kids at home.

Why Brands Choose QUP

Brands choose QUP because we make it possible to reach students in meaningful ways; allowing them to support students in their passions and ambitions. Every QUP game is sponsored by a brand that's committed to empowering students. 

By pledging $300 to our Kickstarter, you'll receive a brand sponsorship placement in one QUP game. To learn more about brand eligibility, see our FAQ!


Why We Need Your Help

We want to launch QUP the app in September of 2019 and we need your help to fund the final stage of development. $5000 will get us to launch. 

We've broken down Kickstarter funding below: 

  • $3,500 to hire a junior software developer who will help us launch QUP in September.
  • $1,000 to run user testing and Q&A so players have a great experience at launch.
  • $300 to run free QUP workshops for teachers and students! 
  • $200 risk mitigation and fees. 

As children of minorities, immigrants and refugees -- we want to bring economic access to students around the globe. Whether you’re a student living in a rural village in Africa or a small fishing island in Vietnam, QUP wants to help you raise money! 

The Curious Team that's Creating QUP

Who Cares? Our team.

Why? To empower students and bring fundraising to the 21st century! 

With over three decades worth of experience building products and scaling companies in education and media -- Matt, Annee, and Ruks have assembled a team of game developers and designers to create QUP. 

As a team, we are incubated by NYU’s StartED and lead both EdTechWomen and ProtoHack communities. Individually, we're recipients of BC Business' 30 Under 30 and Women Tech Founders Award for Gaming/AR/VR.


Sharing is Caring

Want to help spread the word? Just a few seconds of your time could make it possible for more students around the world to QUP and do the things they love. Share the links below with someone in your community so that reach more students. We can't do this without you!

Here's a breakdown of our Stretch Goals

If we reach 400% of our goal, we'll be including an exclusive QUP phone wallet/case with every pledge!

Risks and challenges

As noted in our FAQ, game sponsorship is a two-way street. We want to make sure your values align with ours! We'll send you a quick survey to learn more about your business. Once we have all the info, you'll hear back from us within a week.

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    Make a pledge without a reward!

    You love QUP and want to make it a reality! This reward lets you pick how much you want to pledge. As a thank you, you'll receive a personal thank you note from our founding team.

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    📍 QUP Ambassador

    You'll proudly sport your QUP wallpaper on your phone, laptop and tablet -- you might just printed it out and frame it. You'll tell your friends and even share our Kickstarter on your highly curated social media profiles. And for that, we thank you!

    Includes:
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    Early Bird Special 💡 Empathy Starter!

    You’ll receive a physical copy of QUP: The Card Game -- exclusively available to our Kickstarter supporters. QUP: The Card Game comes with 50 unique problem statements and a sleek carry case. You'll be one of the FIRST people in the world to gain access to QUP the mobile app at our launch in September 2019.

    Includes:
    • 🃏 Collectors Edition - QUP: The Card Game
    • 📰 Exclusive QUP Newsletter Updates
    • 🎈Exclusive QUP Phone Holder
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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About US$ 38

    💡 Empathy Starter!

    You’ll receive a physical copy of QUP: The Card Game -- exclusively available to our Kickstarter supporters. QUP: The Card Game comes with 50 unique problem statements and a sleek carry case. You'll be one of the FIRST people in the world to gain access to QUP the mobile app at our launch in September 2019.

    Includes:
    • 🃏 Collectors Edition - QUP: The Card Game
    • 📰 Exclusive QUP Newsletter Updates
    • 🎈Exclusive QUP Phone Holder
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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About US$ 57

    💨 Empathy Fast Track!

    You’ll receive physical copy of QUP: The Card Game -- exclusively available to our Kickstarter supporters. QUP: The Card Game comes with 50 unique problem statements and a sleek carry case. You’ll also receive a series of digital lesson plans that gamify content for engaging and collaborative learning.

    Includes:
    • 🃏 Collectors Edition - QUP: The Card Game
    • 💻 Digital QUP Lesson Plans
    • 📰 Exclusive QUP Newsletter Updates
    • 🎈Exclusive QUP Phone Holder
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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About US$ 95

    🔥 Empathy Allstar!

    You’ll receive 2 physical copy of QUP: The Card Game -- exclusively available to our Kickstarter supporters. QUP: The Card Game comes with 50 unique problem statements and a sleek carry case. You’ll also receive a series of digital lesson plans that gamify content for engaging and collaborative learning.

    Includes:
    • 🃏 Collectors Edition - QUP: The Card Game
    • 🎈Exclusive QUP Phone Holder
    • 💻 Digital QUP Lesson Plans
    • 📰 Exclusive QUP Newsletter Updates
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    🍎 QUP Classroom Starter Pack

    You’ll receive 2 physical copy of QUP: The Card Game -- exclusively available to our Kickstarter supporters. QUP: The Card Game comes with 50 unique problem statements and a sleek carry case. You’ll also receive a series of digital lesson plans that gamify content for engaging and collaborative learning.

    Includes:
    • 🃏 Collectors Edition - QUP: The Card Game
    • 20× 🎈Exclusive QUP Phone Holder
    • 💻 Digital QUP Lesson Plans
    • 📰 Exclusive QUP Newsletter Updates
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    ⭐ Brand Advocate

    Do you see the big picture and see the traction we’ve made on a bootstrap budget? Then, you’re in the right section. When you pledge $300 you are eligible to be a brand partner that’s featured as a sponsor on 1 daily QUP game.

    Includes:
    • 📱Exclusive Sponsorship of 1 QUP Game
    • 🥇 Founding Brand Partner Badge
    • 🔊Social Media Shout Out
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    🤩 Brand Rockstar

    You’re here for more than just a good time. You want to be a part of the success story. When you pledge $1000 or more, you are eligible to be a brand partner that’s featured as a sponsor for 7 daily QUP games (not consecutive).

    Includes:
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    • 🥇 Founding Brand Partner Badge
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