VT KnowledgeWorks Success Showcase: Koofers

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VT KnowledgeWorks Success Showcase: Koofers

Company’s Full Name: Koofers, Inc.

Year Founded: LLC 2006, Incorporated 2008

Year Company Entered VT KnowledgeWorks: 2007

Total Number of Employees When Entered: 3

Total Number of Employees to Date: 8

Overview of Company’s Products/Services, and Significance to the Market

Koofers is a social learning company that is transforming higher education by empowering college students to help each other learn. Koofers provides an online platform for students to access and share information about their classes and their professors. Through the Koofers platform, students can access: course materials (such as study guides, past exams, and notes), class and professor ratings, study aids and more. Students can also use the platform to create flashcards, form study groups, watch educational videos, and to ask and answer each others’ academic questions. Students use Koofers to collaborate with peers and instructors at their own university and to connect with students in equivalent courses across the country.

Koofers
Company Accomplishments

In October 2009, Koofers launched at several hundred of the largest colleges in the U.S. and it has been growing extremely quickly ever since. The number of students registered with Koofers has grown significantly year over year and now numbers over 600,000. Koofers’ Facebook fan page has over 340,000 fans. Thousands of new students are joining the service every day, uploading course materials, rating professors, planning their schedules, engaging in academic discussions, etc.

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