We believe that all travelers, regardless of age or experience, have the desire to stay safe while on the move. However, the anxieties and concerns of international students, bleisure travelers, digital nomads, and remote employees differ greatly.
At OffWeGo, we understand the unique challenges that each of these groups face while traveling. Whether it's navigating unfamiliar cultures, balancing work and leisure, or staying connected with loved ones, we know that the logistics of travel can be overwhelming.
That's why we're building a solution that addresses the specific needs of each group, while also providing valuable insights and support to travel managers. By meeting travelers where they are, and engaging with them in a way that feels natural to them, we're able to foster a sense of safety and security that extends beyond the journey itself.
Through personalized recommendations, mental health check-ins, and peer ratings, OffWeGo empowers travelers to make informed decisions, while also providing valuable data to employers and insurers. It's a win-win system that benefits everyone involved.
While Co-Founder, John Eddins, was studying abroad in Australia, he spent three weeks traveling around Thailand. He rented a moped, rounded a sharp turn with faulty brakes, and was lying on a makeshift operating room table at a small family-run gas station in northern Thailand, getting stitched up by a local 12-year-old boy in exchange for English lessons. John thought to himself, "How could my university not have prepared me for this?"
Duff and John met in high school and developed OffWeGo while attending St. Lawrence University and Colgate University in upstate New York. They came together based on their respective study abroad experiences to offer an easier way for students to stay engaged with safety protocols, and a more accurate way for universities to track their students. Duff and John originally conceived OffWeGo as a fun and easy group booking platform based upon time studying abroad in London, Copenhagen and Australia.
Post-graduation, after extended research and networking with universities and travel assistance firms, the team shifted to the present model: combining the “fun” of travel with risk management, a top issue of concern for the sponsoring institutions (and students, post-crisis).
Well hello there! Nice to meet you
👋 Hey! I'm Duff. I'm a Product Manager by trade, with experience in hospitality (Hilton), Startup Operations (1776), and Technology Commercialization (FedTech). I graduated Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Economics and Business in the Liberal Arts, and a minor in European Studies. While at St. Lawrence, I lived and studied abroad twice: London during my first semester of Freshman year and Copenhagen during my junior spring. My favorite place I've traveled to is Iceland.
👋 Hey! I'm John, and I graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Economics. Having previously studied abroad in Australia, and gotten into a motorcycle accident, I know firsthand the importance of travel safety and risk management. I also empathize with students – knowing what it's like to move to a new continent, not knowing anyone there, and trying to plan a trip with limited knowledge and a limited group of friends.
👋 Hi, I’m Neil, the CEO of ThinkNimble, a development agency that works with startups and social change. Previously I founded and sold Aspire, an employee engagement software, and worked at EverFi, managing product for video games related to critical skills education. I’m a huge fan of travel — my wife and I try to leave the country once every 3 months. I wish I would have gone abroad when I was in college, so OffWeGo is my way of making that happen now!
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