Koofers Unveils Campus Recruiter

Koofers, a VT KnowledgeWorks member, is unveiling a new college recruiting tool that advances the way employers find qualified students for internships and entry level job positions. With Campus Recruiter, employers can filter Koofers’ vast community of over one million college students by university, major, graduation year, course, and GPA. Once potential candidates are identified, employers are able to message students directly, and if desired, invite them to provide video responses to interview questions.

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks corporate sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&THarris Office FurnitureHodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupLatimer IP Law, LLC , LeClairRyanNew River Valley IP LawScience Applications International Corporation (SAIC)The Branch Group, and Wordsprint.

Koofers Releases CareerConnection

From Koofers.com, a VT KnowledgeWorks alumni company:

CareerConnection from KoofersIf you have any remaining needs for summer internships or entry level employees, please feel free to reach out to the team at Koofers.  We just released a new product that allows companies to search through our 600,000 users (including 80,000 engineers and 20,000 computer science majors) by university, major, graduation date, courses taken, and even GPA.  It’s a matching service for connecting employers with college students looking for internships and entry level, full-time employment.  Obviously, while our users are now nationwide, Koofers has a huge following at Virginia Tech, with over 80% of undergraduates using the service.

To prove out the concept for the new CareerConnection, Koofers is letting companies use the service for no charge for the remainder of the Spring, 2012 term.  If you have any needs, please reach out to glynn@koofers.com, and Koofers can begin to identify top talent matches for you immediately.

Click here or on the image to view a .pdf which includes sharts showing the location and majors of the Koofers audience.

Read more about Koofers on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

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VT KnowledgeWorks Success Showcase: Koofers

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

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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VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

Koofers, VT KnowledgeWorks Alumni Company, Featured in Entrepreneur

Koofers.com, a VT KnowledgeWorks alumni company, was featured in the February 2011 issue of Entrepreneur in Simplified Sharing: Three entrepreneurs on the same mission to facilitate college note-sharing join forces — and 360,000 students follow. Here's an excerpt:

At Virginia Tech, the term "koofers" has long referred to the practice of sharing study materials among friends and across classes. The rub? Until alums Glynn LoPresti, Michael Rihani and Patrick Gartlan stepped in by founding Koofers Inc. in 2006, students had to be friends with a classmate to share notes–and had to be part of Virginia Tech. LoPresti, a 1995 graduate; Rihani, a 2008 graduate; and Gartlan, a 2007 graduate, changed this by combining their individual startups to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Congratulations, Koofers!

Read the full article in Entrepreneur here and more about Koofers on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company.  Pre-Launch program components are carefully constructed to help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, obtain outside investment, and launch in an efficient manner.  Enterprise class members benefit from emphasis on strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

VTKW Alumni Company is on Washington, D.C. Start-Ups List

Michael Rihani, Chief Strategy Officer at Koofers, a VT KnowledgeWorks alumni member company, shared news of Living Social and Koofers Teaming Up to Introduce Campus Deals.  Koofers was featured in The Next Web's 10 D.C. Start-Ups You Need to Know.  An excerpt follows.

Koofers is a social learning start-up that aims to revolutionize our university system through student-driven, intercollegiate collaboration, calling on the powers of social media. Founded in 2008, Koofers now empowers more than 310,000 college students to help each other learn by providing open and free access to course materials, class and professor ratings and study aids aggregated from more than 400 universities. By leveraging Facebook and the social graph, Koofers uses university data to create a more personalized and relevant student experience. Heading the company is CEO Gio Hunt, a veteran AOL executive. In late September, they announced $5 million in Series A equity funding.

via thenextweb.com

About Koofers, Inc.
Koofers, Inc. is a social learning company transforming higher education through student-driven, intercollegiate collaboration. Founded in 2008, Koofers empowers students to help each other learn byproviding open and free access to: course materials, class and professor ratings, Q&A, study aids andmore. For additional information visit www.koofers.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company.  Pre-Launch program components are carefully constructed to help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, obtain outside investment, and launch in an efficient manner.  Enterprise class members benefit from emphasis on strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

LivingSocial and Koofers Team Up to Introduce Campus Deals

From Michael Rihani, Chief Strategy Officer at Koofers, a VT KnowledgeWorks alumni member company:

Koofers just launched "Weekly Campus Deals" in Blacksburg, Virginia.  In short, we work with local vendors and create 50-90% off deals for everyone in town!

Every week the deal is live and available for purchase for 7 days (Monday to Monday).

After you buy the deal, Koofers will email you your deal voucher that you can either print or use your smartphone to redeem with the vendor.  Most vouchers expire ~6 months after buying.  That's it!

Our first deal was $20 worth of food/drinks at 622 North for only $10 (so, 50% off).

Our deal this week is with Crab Creek, $30 worth of food and non-alcoholic drinks for only $15.

We'll have a new deal up every Monday morning.

Koofers.com started out as a simple "level the playing field" idea out of my Virginia Tech dorm room just a few years ago while I was a student at Tech.  Koofers (a Blacksburg created term and tradition) has branched out to by the one-stop shop for everything in college:  Planning (Professor Ratings, Grade Histories, Schedule Maker), Studying (Past Exams, Study Guides, Flashcards), and now our Live section (50-90% off weekly Blacksburg deals).

Excerpts from the press release:

LivingSocial and Koofers Team Up to Introduce “Campus Deals” – From Bars to Bookstores, College Students Across Ten Campuses Will Receive Up to 90% off on Local Attractions and Hotspots

Washington D.C., October 26, 2010 – Leading social shopping site LivingSocial, and Koofers, the social learning company that helps college students study smarter, unveiled the first milestone of their partnership to bring Campus Deals to ten universities across the nation.

The new program gives participating college students deeply discounted offers on area restaurants, shops, activities andservices. Students at Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, Cal Berkeley, Penn State, Ohio State, University of Nebraska, University of Washington, Ball State University, University of Central Florida andTexas A&M will be the first adopters.

“Koofers is focused on making college life easier for students in all aspects of their college lives,” said Gio Hunt, CEO, Koofers. ”Since LivingSocial is the premiere social shopping site, partnering seemed natural. Our campus reps will be able to help spread the word about our Campus Deals program bytelling their peers about the great merchants in their community and the benefits we have to offer.”

“College was really fun, but I remember always being broke and never having the money to reallyexplore my neighborhood and try new things,” said Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO of LivingSocial. “By teaming up with Koofers, we’re now able to bring Deals to college campuses in some really great towns, sostudents can explore their city, meet new people and save money on doing the things that they love to do.”

College students get access to Campus Deals by signing up online. Each week, Campus Deal users receive one deeply discounted deal to use at local businesses. The Campus Deal can be purchased online in exchange for a voucher and a unique link to share on email, Facebook or Twitter. If three friends buy the deal using that link, the deal is free. Koofers’ campus reps will help facilitate the roll out across the ten college campuses.With Koofers’ broad reach across universities and LivingSocial’s ability to deliver valuable offers on alarge scale, college students can now find the best deals on local merchants by using Campus Deals.

Now serving more than 10 million subscribers across the US, Canada, UK, and Dublin Ireland in more than 100 markets, this is the second time LivingSocial is branching out to a vertical market, having launched its LivingSocial Family Edition in select locations in September. With dedicated area experts on the ground in every market, constantly researching the best in local attractions, LivingSocial is able to provide discounts of up to 50-70% off the best each city has to offer.

About LivingSocial
LivingSocial is the commerce leader behind LivingSocial Deals, a social buying program that invites people and their friends to save up to 50% to 70% percent each day at their favorite restaurants, spas, sporting events, hotels and other local attractions in major markets. LivingSocial has an extensive subscriber base of 10 million, and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. To sign up for Deals in your market, or to find out more information about LivingSocial, visit www.livingsocial.com.

About Koofers, Inc.
Koofers, Inc. is a social learning company transforming higher education through student-driven, intercollegiate collaboration. Founded in 2008, Koofers empowers students to help each other learn byproviding open and free access to: course materials, class and professor ratings, Q&A, study aids andmore. For additional information visit www.koofers.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company.  Pre-Launch program components are carefully constructed to help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, obtain outside investment, and launch in an efficient manner.  Enterprise class members benefit from emphasis on strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

VT KnowledgeWorks Alumni Koofers Receives $5 Million Investment

From Michael Rihani, Chief Strategy Officer at Koofers, a VT KnowledgeWorks alumni member company:

What started out as a simple "level the playing field" idea out of my Virginia Tech dorm room (specifically, 313 Vawter Hall), Koofers – a Blacksburg-created term and tradition – has seen incredible nationwide growth (300,000+ students use the service).

A few days ago we closed a $5 million investment round.

Steve Case tweeted to his 362,000+ followers about us.

We will be announcing some exciting news next week in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Regards,
Michael

P.S. - All 3 co-founders attended Virginia Tech: Glynn LoPresti (ISE '95), Patrick Gartlan (CS '07), and Michael Rihani (BIT '08).

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Congratulations, Michael!

Investors in Koofers include include Revolution, New Atlantic Ventures, Altos Ventures, and QED Investors.  You can read more about the Koofers investment story on TechCrunch and TechJournal South.

VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company.  Pre-Launch program components are carefully constructed to help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, obtain outside investment, and launch in an efficient manner.  Enterprise class members benefit from emphasis on strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

Koofers on SmartCollegeVisit for CampusChat

Executives from two VT KnowledgeWorks member companies – Koofers and SmartCollegeVisit – will take part in CampusChat on Twitter, Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 9 PM ET.

Michael Rihani, CSO & Co-Founder of Koofers will be the featured guest of CampusChat, created by Z. Kelly Queijo, president of Smart College Visit, Inc.  Smart College Visit, Inc. is the recent first place winner of the Open Business Concept Competition at the second annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit.

Here's an excerpt from Koofers on #CampusChat May 19, 2010:

Our featured guest on the next #CampusChat will be Michael Rihani, CSO & Co-Founder of Koofers.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 9 PM Eastern.

WHERE: On Twitter. Use TweetChat or WhatTheHashtag to follow #CampusChat

OUR TOPIC: Tools for academic success — from past tests to professor ratings to study aids, Koofers has leveled the academic playing field when it comes to making testing and study resources available to college students.

With nearly 300,000 registered users, 350,000-plus Facebook fans, and relationships with over 2,000 universities, Koofers gets an "A+" for creating a network of college students focused on achieving academic success. Koofers calls it a "social learning community" and a thriving community it is.

Their philosophy is stated on their web site: "We believe that, by empowering students to help each other learn, we can fundamentally transform higher education. We provide students with the best information, tools and services available online. And we enable students to connect, collaborate and share academic knowledge with each other, including friends and colleagues at their own university and peers in equivalent courses at other colleges nationwide."

Learn more about how they impact student success and find out if they have a presence at the college or university you plan to visit or attend by joining or following #CampusChat on Twitter, May 12, 9 PM Eastern.

via www.smartcollegevisit.com

You're invited to read the full post, Koofers on #CampusChat May 19, 2010, and to learn more about CampusChat on SmartCollegeVisit.

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VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge TrophyVT KnowledgeWorks has announced a Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010, in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  The Challenge celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the future of our global economy.  The name of the winning team, their university name, and their home city will be etched into the base of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy as a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort.  The winning team will earn a $25,000 cash prize.

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VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).