Suffolk alumnus Remy Carpinito is changing the way students connect with their peers and faculty and helping them find jobs and internships.
This improved college experience is made possible by CampusTap, a private social network for colleges and universities. Carpinito, the company's CEO, explains, “The goal of the platform is to help colleges increase retention rates, increase job placement rates, and enhance the college experience for their students.”
With 500 Suffolk University students, alumni, faculty, and administrators piloting the platform, Carpinito has cultivated a lucrative opportunity for the future expansion of CampusTap. Carpinito and his team are creating student profiles, campus feeds, and groups and event pages in addition to an iPhone app.
CampusTap also expects to introduce a new feature that allows students to view company pages that contain information about company cultures, photos of company offices, and current internship and job openings. Carpinito hopes to formally implement CampusTap at Suffolk University and several other colleges in the surrounding Boston area before the fall 2014 semester.
In pulling each of these components together, Carpinito remarks, “The idea is to create well-connected institutions and then bridge the institutions themselves—allowing for cross-campus communication among students. The nexus of each is the student and his/her likes, interests and aspirations.”
Having achieved great success and a high growth potential with CampusTap since graduating in 2013, Carpinito attributes much of his mobility to the relationships he’s built with students, faculty, and administrators at Suffolk University. He notes that professors from the Entrepreneurship Department and the Information Systems and Operations Management Department have provided instrumental guidance in regard to both technical and business processes.
Carpinito also explains that he’s met with numerous administrators throughout the years “who have all have been a huge part of CampusTap and see the power and importance of the technology.” He continues, “Whether it has been defining the pain points in higher education or finding new ways to enhance extracurricular activities on campus, the administration has been extremely helpful.”
Last, but certainly not least, Carpinito values the students at Suffolk University who have participated in numerous CampusTap events, promoted CampusTap to their peers, and have shared hundreds of CampusTap posts via social media. In addition to the company’s student ambassadors, CampusTap staffs four Suffolk alums and five Suffolk interns. Carpinito feels that having a solid student/alumni support system complements CampusTap’s unique student-centric design that is seldom found in other higher-ed platforms.