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Home From College raises $5.4M for Gen Z jobs site

Apr 3, 2024
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Home From College, a Los Angeles-based career platform, has raised $5.4 million in seed funding, CEO Julia Haber tells Axios.

Why it matters: A crop of LinkedIn competitors has emerged to better serve the needs of modern job seekers.

How it works: The Gen Z-aimed platform offers part-time and full-time roles. It allows brands to hire, manage and pay workers. Gigs include content creation, on-campus brand ambassadors, product testing and more.

  • The platform has more than 100,000 users and more than 100 clients, including Poppi, Aquaphor, Thrive Market, Peacock and Steve Madden.
  • Home From College charges clients a monthly subscription fee that varies by number of jobs and a 20% service fee on top of the payments to workers.

Context: While at Syracuse University, Haber founded an experiential marketing agency, WAYV, to help brands reach students. That involved building pop-up retail locations on college campuses. She would often hear attendees ask about work opportunities at the brands.

  • "'Who am I going to be post-grad?' was a much bigger problem to solve and one that could be solved through tech rather than building out these 40-foot trailers and schlepping them across the country," Haber says.
  • "The No. 1 thing we heard was that students don't have anything to put on their resume," she added.
  • Her co-founder, Kaj Zandvliet, previously worked at Sony and PineBridge Investments. They bought the domain in March 2020.

Fun fact: Haber and Zandvliet got engaged last year.

Zoom in: GV led the round, and was joined by PEAK6, Lauren and Michael Bostick and Black Angel Group.

  • Home From College previously raised $1.5 million.

What's next: The startup plans to grow from eight full-time employees to 12 by year-end and add more products for job seekers.

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