San Antonio Startup Seeks Crowdfunding to Help Boost College Graduation Rates

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Engaged Campus thinks it can help increase graduation rates in the US by targeting 3 of the top 5 reasons that students drop out.

In the US, less than half of people who enroll in college graduate, and research from ACT has found that 3 of the top 5 reasons students drop out are social in nature. Engaged Campus, a San Antonio, TX start-up, has a solution - set colleges up with their own private and branded social network so that it's easier for their students to make friends, get involved, and have a stronger sense of belonging on campus.

To fund the idea, Engaged Campus founders Mandi and Michael Leman have launched an online campaign on Indiegogo. They are counting on community support to raise funds to get the private social network fully developed.

Indiegogo is a “crowdfunding” website where entrepreneurs can raise seed money for innovative ideas. Visitors to Indiegogo can contribute as little as $5 or up to $25,000 or more, and are rewarded with perks. Engaged Campus has set its goal at $15,000, the minimum needed to fund the development of the college social network. The campaign runs until Monday, October 1, 2012.

“We believe that setting colleges up with their own private and secure social network will have a positive impact on graduation rates,” says Michael. “because creating strong personal connections and a sense of belonging on campus are instrumental to the success of the student. “

“One of the biggest challenges young people face when starting college is worrying about whether or not they’re going to fit in at their school. Starting college can be a daunting venture.” says Mandi, “but we think that by helping students to make more friends and get more involved in campus life we can encourage them to get engaged in their new community and thrive in their new environment.”

About Engaged Campus:

Engaged Campus is a start-up dedicated to increasing college graduation rates. Engaged Campus will create private, secure and branded academic social networks for colleges and universities that allow students to easily communicate with peers and faculty, participate in online groups, ask questions, and find out what’s happening across campus.


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