CIT GAP Funds Invests in Brazen Careerist

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Career-focused site re-imagines the career center and brings it to the cloud


Center for Innovative Technology GAP Funds

CIT supports Brazen Careerist’s innovative recruiting software and online learning platform. This essential resource adds another tool to the ever-changing workforce development needs of the new economy.

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today a $100,000 investment in McLean, Va.-based Brazen Careerist. Brazen Careerist is an online career resource that combines virtual recruiting events with online education and training to help young professionals discover their strengths, refine their skills and find their ideal job.

Brazen Careerist serves as a bridge between employers and young professional job seekers. Employers use the Company’s virtual event platform to host virtual career fairs and open houses online. Job seekers attend virtual recruiting events from the comfort of their homes or offices and engage directly with recruiters, hiring managers and future co-workers. Brazen Careerist also surveys employers to determine skill sets that are in high demand and develops online courses around these skills. These online courses are then offered to job seekers, arming them with marketable skills.

CIT President and CEO Pete Jobse said, “CIT supports Brazen Careerist’s innovative recruiting software and online learning platform. This essential resource adds another tool to the ever-changing workforce development needs of the new economy.”

Ed Barrientos, Brazen Careerist President and CEO, said, “Today's young professionals are making real-time, genuine connections online every day. Our unique online platform allows them to make those same connections with employers nationwide, and helps them advance their careers by learning high-demand skills that will make them more marketable and competitive in today's job market.

Tom Weithman, CIT Vice President and CIT GAP Funds Managing Director, said, “Brazen Careerist caters to the online recruiting market, but also the online learning sector. With our investment, Brazen Careerist will be able to provide more educational opportunities to young professionals and boost technology development.”

Since its 2005 launch, CIT GAP Funds has placed over 60 investments across the Commonwealth, deploying more than $5M of public funds and attracting over $10 dollars of private funding for every $1 of public money invested. (For a list of portfolio companies, please visit the GAP Funds website.)

To learn more about Brazen Careerist, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Center for Innovative Technology,

CIT is a nonprofit corporation that accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies. CIT creates new technology companies through capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology startup companies and advanced technology consumers.

About the CIT GAP Funds,

CIT GAP Funds makes seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology, clean tech and life science companies with a high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return for entrepreneurs, co-investors and the Commonwealth of Virginia. CIT GAP Funds investments are overseen by the CIT GAP Funds Investment Advisory Board (IAB). This independent, third-party panel consists of leading regional entrepreneurs, angel and strategic investors, and venture capital firms such as: New Enterprise Associates, Grotech Ventures, Valhalla Partners, Harbert Venture Partners HIG Ventures, Edison Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Intersouth Partners, SJF Ventures, Carilion Health Systems, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, and Alpha Natural Resources.


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