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College Startup Ideas

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A startup that helps colleges and high schools provide students with career and technical education.

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A startup that wants to combine the accessibility and fun of YouTube with the technical accuracy and depth of a college course

194

A platform for young adults to take a break from college and earn money.

126

An online platform that helps students get into college by providing information about scholarships, programs and financial aid.

108

A platform for school districts to help coordinate transportation and other services. The startup wants to help school districts, colleges, and universities navigate a complex system of transportation and other services that can be hard to keep track of.

108

A startup that helps people make decisions about education and careers before they go to college

99

A “family-friendly” social network for college students.

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A startup that provides credit to college students based on their predictive ability of their future grades

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A team from Stanford University’s Computer Science Department is building an app to help college students study and stay on track. The app is meant to help students learn by learning with others, while also helping the company recruit more students.

89

A peer-to-peer lending company that only focuses on college students.

89

A startup that helps you set up a study abroad or exchange program at a college in the US. The startup is currently focused on China and has a pending partnership with a college there.

88

A startup that’s building an end-to-end GPS-based tracking app to help college students stay safe when they’re out on the town. The founders say that they’re already working with a number of colleges on their app, and that it’s been saving students from dangerous situations.

88

This is a platform for students to sign up for courses at their college. The company offers an online service through which students can track their courses and take them at their own pace.

86

A software company designed to make college affordable by allowing students to pay for it with credit.

85

A startup for students and recent graduates to find jobs. The company is targeting recent graduates in the US who lack jobs experience, but are in the midst of college.

85

A startup that aims to make a service for college students that helps them find and pay for housing, then pay it off through a loan.

84

An online course marketplace that delivers college-level courses online, for a fraction of the price of on-campus courses.

84

A peer-to-peer lending company that focuses on college students. The company says it’s in talks with a few large consumer finance companies and would like to see itself included in student loan refinancing programs. They’re based in Delaware.

84

A streaming TV app for college students that manages a library of TV shows.

83

A platform to help college students compare programs and prepare for graduation.

82

This startup is building a platform for college students to manage their finances. It was built for students at a New York university, but the startup is raising a seed round to expand into more campuses.

81

This startup helps students compare a college’s financial aid package to other colleges.

81

A platform that helps colleges and universities manage their relationships with alumni who have given money.

79

A startup that provides software for college students to help them manage their grades and schoolwork

76

A startup that helps students and parents collect donations for their college education. The startup, which was founded in September, has raised $35,000 to date.

76

A startup that helps people find a way to pay for college that is better than what they are paying now, provided they can handle the debt on their own

74

A startup that helps students decide what college to go to, by matching them with data on schools’ average SAT scores, average AP scores, average graduation rates, and more. The company uses algorithms to draw on this data to match applicants to schools.

74

Recruiting a new generation of workers for the tech industry by creating an online platform where college students can learn how to code and get jobs.

74

A company aiming to expand the college degree market by making an alternative to the traditional college experience.

73

A startup that is building a SaaS platform for young people to find jobs on college campuses. The company is using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help students and employers connect.

73

A platform for helping students better understand college loans, with an interactive quiz that helps students create a personalized repayment plan.

73

A financial service for college students. The company is building a lending service for students.

71

A platform that helps colleges and universities manage and share course-related data. The company claims to have over 300 clients, and at present has over 10M enrolled students.

70

The startup wants to democratize the hiring process for college graduates, using Facebook to find job candidates.

70

A startup that builds software for managing technology and data for colleges. The company claims to have over $6 million in monthly recurring revenue, and counts Dow Jones as one of its customers.

69

A startup to help people choose a college that fits their personality. The app is a resource for students and parents looking for information about schools.

68

A startup that aims to help college students get answers to their questions about their health. There are an estimated 1.5 million students with health questions and a very limited number of resources to direct them to.

66

A platform for connecting friends in real life with people they want to meet. The startup was founded by a former college roommate.

65

A startup that brings the “higher education experience” to students by connecting them with tutors. Notable alumni include Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.

65

A startup to help people seeking jobs at colleges make the best decisions about which schools to apply to.

65

A startup for college students looking for blue-collar jobs. The company is currently in its beta stage.

64

A startup that helps students with their college funding by letting them save for it in a way that’s much easier than applying for a loan.

59

A “co-living” startup focused on the business side of student housing and aiming to become the Airbnb of college housing

59

A platform for in-person recruiting stops which helps companies scale their college recruiting efforts.

57

The summer school is for students interested in learning programming and fundamental knowledge in computer science, with the intent of helping them be successful in college.

54

An on-demand recruiting platform that targets college students who are also looking for jobs and put them in touch with employers.

53

A company that helps colleges with their insurance needs

53

is a platform for selling used textbooks and keeping college students accountable for their books.

49

A platform for meal delivery to college students. Currently in a pilot with 40 students.

47

A mobile app that generates income for the user - a college student who buys cheap phone cases from China and resells them at a profit.

46

This is an app for recruiting on-campus for colleges and companies. The company says that it’s already working with over 500 colleges and 100 companies.

46

A way for students to learn about the world’s best universities while earning college credits.

42

A social network for college students with over 20k students currently enrolled. Its founders are looking to build a student-focused influencer platform that’s optimized for mobile, with a focus on gaming and video content.

41

A startup that helps businesses advertise to college students, as part of a bigger initiative to build a community of college students for businesses.

39

A platform for low cost college housing. The startup is now working with one university, and plans to expand to many more in the coming years.

38

SaveUp is a one-stop shop for college savings plans in the US, Canada, and the UK. It works to save people money with a tool that automatically sends pre-tax contributions from employer to student's 529. The company has raised $1.5M in funding.

37

A platform that helps universities and colleges create personalized online learning programs for students and teachers.

36

A company that helps students pay for tuition with a prepaid debit card, available to any in the US. The startup has built a “pay to school” system that works with any college, university, or trade school. The startup doesn’t operate in Brazil.

27

A financial app for students that helps colleges accept payments directly from a student’s bank account, instead of charging fees or taking checks.

20

The company is working on building an AI-powered chatbot that can sort through all your different college degrees and track your progress. The idea is that college degrees can be tracked in a way that makes them useful for future employers or graduate school applications.

16

A startup that makes the process of making a college application more streamlined and effective, by providing free tools and support to students.

12

 The startup offers a platform for students to share data on their college essays with professors.

12

A technology that helps lower-income people from taking out loans to pay for college

9

This startup wants to take the pain out of the process of creating a resume for a job, turning college transcripts into a resume that can be shared across the internet.

9

The startup wants to build an in-person recruiting marketplace for corporate campuses. The company has already built an app to help visiting college students find housing.

9

Similar to DoorDash, but focused on delivering food to college campuses.

8

A food delivery service for college students. The startup is building a delivery service that allows students to order food in advance and save money.

5

DesiRad is a college group for Indian students in the US that makes it easier to find events and connect with others in the local community.

4

A startup that provides tutoring services for students so that they can get better grades and get into better colleges

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Idea: A more sustainable and affordable apartment building for college students

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Idea: Mobile App that shows students what colleges are like

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Idea: A job search app for college students and recent grads in the US It takes a gamified approach, with a focus on making the process of finding a job more fun

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Idea: A startup that’s building a tool that lets you share your high school student’s grades and progress with colleges

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Idea: A personal finance management startup for college students. The startup helps students budget their expenses with the intention of graduating debt-free.

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Idea: A software company that makes a platform for college admissions officers to make their application process more efficient.

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A startup that provides a service to help students prepare for college

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A startup that provide an online platform for alumni of specific colleges to meet and build connections

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