Our story began in 2014 in college at Michigan Tech University in remote Houghton, Michigan, covered by 200 inches of snow a year and eight hours from Chicago or Detroit. We had limited opportunities to quickly or easily connect with their dream jobs in Silicon Valley. And we watched friends and extremely qualified students struggle to start their careers.
We set out to help every college student find the right job for them, no matter where they go to school, what they’re majoring in, or who they know.
To do that, we partnered with colleges to create a tool that would engage students throughout college, help democratize access to the best opportunities across the country, and better match students and employers.
Launched in 2014, Handshake is the ultimate career network and recruiting platform for college students and young alumni. With more than 750 U.S. universities, 14 million students and young alumni, and 300,000 employers (including 100% of the Fortune 500), Handshake is designed to transform the recruiting experience for students, recruiters, and career centers. Notable universities in the Handshake network include Stanford, Princeton, Michigan, Texas, Colorado State, DePaul, UC-Berkeley, UVA, Michigan State, Cal Tech, Morehouse, Spelman, Harvey Mudd, UGA, Wake Forest, and many others.
Handshake, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, has raised $74 million in funding from Spark Capital, KPCB, Lightspeed Ventures, EQT Ventures, True Ventures, and Lowercase Capital. Read more about Handshake at www.joinhandshake.com.