Cleary University grad James Bell launches Book!t app

For James Bell, getting stuck in his Cleary University dormitory when the college suspended in-person classes in 2020 was a curse and a blessing.

Bell, an MBA student from England, came to the Genoa Township university to study business on a soccer scholarship. When COVID-19 arrived, a travel ban prevented him from flying home to his parents’ house in Bracknell, west of London.

The university allowed him to stay on campus, where he was a resident advisor at South Hall. He watched as everyone else on his floor left.

Bell said that while it was lonely, he used the constructively time to develop a new smartphone app for booking local activities called Book!t.

The app, currently in beta testing, will allow users to search for local activities and entertainment, book time slots, split a bill, leave reviews and share their activity on social media. Bell hopes to release the app on Apple iOS and Android as soon as later this spring.

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