Alumni then and now: Zakaria Bouguettaya, BE ’12 and Andrew Clapham, BSc ’11
It’s been several years since Zakaria Bouguettaya and Andrew Clapham graduated, but they’re still at the fingertips of about 40 per cent of ANU students and more than 10 per cent of all university students in Australia. Eva Medcalf reports.
Zaki and Andrew, who met while they were students at ANU, are the founders of payments app QPay, which started life as a bill-splitting app for university students.
QPay (getqpay.com) now has more than 150,000 users worldwide and recorded turnover of $5.9 million last year. In October QPay won the Fairfax Media and American Express Business Explorer Grant, including $50,000 and a mentoring session with Shark Tank star Steve Baxter.
Zaki and Andrew’s successful partnership began at the University when Zaki built MyBus, an app for buses, for an assignment.
“Being uni students we tinkered with what we knew and all we knew was going to class and catching the bus,” Andrew says. “We all missed the bus occasionally and the uncertainty of knowing where the bus was gave Zaki the idea for the bus app.”
Zaki says 60,000 people use the MyBus app every month in Canberra.“We then started an app development company called the Imagine Team and, in two years, built 60 apps for diverse clients,” he says. “All of our staff were also from ANU.”