Suffolk alumnus Remy Carpinito developed software that’s changing the way students connect with their peers and helping them find the best networking and job-recruiting opportunities.
CampusTap provides a private social network for colleges and universities. “The goal of the platform is to help colleges increase retention rates, increase job placement, and enhance the college experience for their students,” says Carpinito.
He and his Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Alan Wilhelm tested the CampusTap app with 500 Suffolk students during the 2013-2014 school year, raising $355,000 along the way.
This spring, CampusTap was selected as one of 128 startups (out of 1,600 applicants) to join the 2014 class of MassChallenge, a Boston-based accelerator. As a MassChallenge finalist, Carpinito is receiving free office space and mentoring this summer as he competes for a share of $1.75 million in cash prizes.
The competition comes as Carpinto is getting ready for the formal of launch of CampusTap this fall. He also plans to introduce a new feature that allows students to view company pages that contain information about company culture, office photos, and internship and job openings.
Big Thanks to Suffolk
“CampusTap wouldn’t be where it is today without Suffolk,” Carpinito says.
As a student, he took advantage of the many resources at the Center for Entrepreneurship—collaborating with peers and bouncing ideas off of faculty and alumni. He also got a boost from Suffolk’s Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic, where he received free advice on everything from legal contracts to equity deals. In fact, many of his current lawyers are Suffolk alumni.
“I still keep in touch with many of my professors, especially George Moker and Dominic Thomas. I know I can always reach out to them for help, even though I already graduated. Their commitment to students goes far beyond the classroom,” Carpinito says.