MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Following its announcement of funding from key Silicon Valley investors last month, Collegefeed today announced that it has opened its doors to users from around the world – to help college students and new grads jumpstart their careers, wherever they are. Users can try out the new networking portal, which helps them to build a global network of peers within their field of interest. Plus, Collegefeed unveils a new awards program that enables employers to engage directly with students. Check out the first “Idea Swag” sponsored by eBay, “How Would You Make PayPal Mobile More Useful for College Students?” to win one of 15 iPhone 5c’s.
“Thanks to Collegefeed, I can now connect with international students with quality startups and small companies – platforms that we would otherwise never come in contact with”
“Networking is not an easy skill for college students, since most tend to live in a small bubble of friends and classmates,” said Sanjeev Agrawal, CEO and co-founder of Collegefeed. “However we know that successful networking is the number one way to secure a new job or expand your career. We’re thrilled to be opening our doors to students from any school, in any country – to help make meaningful professional connections in a world that is becoming less siloed and increasingly flat for companies and job-seekers alike.”
How it Works: Network with Peers Anywhere
When a student logs in to Collegefeed, they will see a list of “Interesting Collegefeeders” on their dashboard. This list is tailored for the student based on his or her background and interests. The user can then easily view the profile and connect with the recommended students. To build the network, Collegefeed analyzes the user’s background and interests and then suggests students they might find interesting to connect with and consider building a professional relationship. Typically the students presented currently attend or have already graduated from a different university, which means they are likely not already connected via other networks.
“Thanks to Collegefeed, I can now connect with international students with quality startups and small companies – platforms that we would otherwise never come in contact with,” said Siddharth Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. “Coming into contact with such companies at an early stages of their life can really be a catalyst to starting your career.”
“Collegefeed offers an incredible opportunity to ambitious international students to showcase their skills alongside some of the best in the world,” said Anjishnu Kumar, BITS Pilani. “The sheer potential of this platform gives me goosebumps. I can't wait to see what happens as it grows. This is an idea whose time has come.”
Launched nationwide in May 2013, Collegefeed is a personal career assistant that helps students and new grads land their dream jobs using its free online platform. Employers use Collegefeed to brand themselves more effectively to students and find the perfect candidate for entry-level positions. Students have already made connections, secured interviews, jobs, internships and financial awards with companies like YouTube, eBay, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Saavn, Adroll and many more.
Collegefeed “Idea Swag” Awards
Collegefeed envisions a world with greater interaction between companies and college students, to help alleviate the current unemployment crisis and make the hiring process more efficient and affordable for everyone. That’s where Idea Swag comes in. Companies can offset tuition expenses with cash prizes or let users compete for the hottest new gadgets like an iPhone 5c, X-mini UNO speakers or Jawbone via Collegefeed’s employer-sponsored awards.
Collegefeed Idea Swag is designed to be easy – no puzzles to solve or code to write. The questions are open-ended and thought-provoking. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enter! All you need are fun, original ideas. Through Idea Swag, employers get the opportunity to assess, identify and recruit the right talent before they even graduate. And students get significantly better exposure to companies early on – before they need to find a job. The first Idea Swag sponsored by eBay is:
October Idea Swag: How Would You Make PayPal Mobile More Useful for College Students?
1. To be eligible, you must submit at least three ideas. Re-submit as many times as you’d like.
2. If your ideas are among the 15 best, you will win an iPhone 5c. ONLY one per student.
3. Deadline to enter is October 30, 2013
4. Winners will be announced on November 3, 2013
5. Submissions are fully owned by eBay and participants relinquish all rights by submitting
Pricing and Availability
Collegefeed was started by a team of six ex-Google / Microsoft / McKinsey alumni who graduated from six schools with ten degrees between them. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif, Collegefeed is funded by Accel Partners, S-Cubed Capital and other key Silicon Valley investors. More information about the company can be found at www.collegefeed.com. Employers, students, placement offices and other partners contact email@example.com.