It all started...

As many stories do, with a D+ in thermodynamics. Alright, maybe just this one. Penji cofounder Ben Holmquist looked around for help but found nothin’. The scene was UC Davis, 2015 - shouldn’t there be someone to sit down with? What about older students?

Cofounder Ricardo Matsui, on the other hand, was an overachieving CS student who'd already been building official UC Davis apps. Both Ricardo and Ben saw huge potential in a simple fact:

Students teach each other incredibly quickly.

Thus began the Penji mission to personalize college through peer education. We began by doing it all ourselves - hiring and training tutors, building a great platform, and marketing Penji. We connected 2,000 tutoring sessions this way.


But eventually, we realized something critical - universities are already doing an amazing job on the hiring and training tutors, but often have undeveloped interfaces and technology. So, today, Penji is 100% focused on helping campus tutoring centers deliver an amazing experience for students.


If you're a student at a Penji campus, give your tutoring center a shot - we think you'll be amazed at the ease of the experience, and more importantly will form life-changing relationships with your community there.

What's with the Penguin?

First off, his name is Penji and he likes to be addressed directly.

Second, penguins take care of each other. He's come all the way from the antarctic to teach us humans how to do the same.

Thanks, Penji.

About Penji



1719 Emerson St

Denver, CO, 80218