Financing commitments have been made by OCA Ventures, Rincon Venture Partners and Vicente Capital, and the company expects to raise additional funding later this year.
“Choosing a college path is a critical life-event. It’s as important as finding a job, getting married, buying a home, or having a baby. And while all of those life events have massive online industries to help you through the process, there’s still nothing to help the millions of students who aren’t getting sufficient college and career guidance,” said Mark Eastwood, Chief Executive Officer, Campus Steps.
“At Campus Steps, we’re bringing students high quality counseling content, leveraging big data and harnessing a powerful network of on-demand counselors to help students develop a clear and accessible path to college and career success.”
“We invested in Campus Steps because we saw a significant, unique opportunity amidst the fast-growing EdTech space,” said Jim Andelman, Managing Partner, Rincon Venture Partners. “After spending six months being incubated by and receiving a strategic investment from Campus Explorer, Campus Steps clearly demonstrated that it needed to become an independent company and continue its fast growth trajectory.”
With Campus Steps, students progressively develop college and career goals, build an appropriate high school course plan, have access to deep scholarship information and are given a curated list of colleges within a few clicks. Campus Steps also allows them to directly communicate with counselors via text, messaging, or email.
Campus Steps also recently ramped up its executive team by filling three key posts. The company’s founder, Mark Eastwood, former Head of Product at Rent.com/eBay has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Chief Technology Officer Dave Meyer, formerly of Free Credit Report and eNeighborhoods, brings over 20 years of experience in technology development and leadership, and Chief Product Officer Jeanne Anderson, former SVP of Product at DogVacay, will leverage her marketplace experience as she oversees both the consumer and college counselor user experiences.
Students and counselors can sign up for the platform at www.CampusSteps.com.
About Campus Steps
Campus Steps is reinventing college counseling for everyone. Campus Steps’ mobile and web solutions offer on-demand counseling services and media to “step” students through every phase of their college readiness; from middle and high school course planning, to college selection, to applications and organizing finances. Along the way students connect with counselors and admissions professionals plus get data-driven insights to make the decision-making process less stressful and more communicative. Campus Steps is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA and is a proud member of the Silicon Beach community. For more information, visit www.CampusSteps.com. Follow us on Facebook @CampusSteps and Twitter @CampusSteps.