Equals6 Social Network for Students Is Hottest Showcasing Startup in Boston

December 6, 2012

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With the average LinkedIn user over 40 years old, it can be a staid and formal place for a student. Equals6, recently voted our hottest showcasing startup in Boston, wants to give students a professional place to network that’s a little more youthful.

“Equals6 fits in the space between Facebook, where students generally want to hide their information from employers, and LinkedIn, which is primarily occupied by working professionals,” explains CEO Andy Osburn.

Here are some of its student-centric features:

Scholarships. Equals6 has a handful of scholarships that are only available on its site. You can apply online and track your applications.

Job Board. Their job board focuses on opportunities that are relevant to students and recent graduates.

Campus Ambassadors. Equals6 has recruited “campus ambassadors” from different colleges. Students can start expanding their network by connecting with these contacts, who can also answer questions about their new university.

Brainstorms. To add a little more socialness to the site, Equals6 has a bunch of forums on topics ranging from sports to career goals to your college major.

Osburn is an older cofounder who has achieved his own career goals as a three-time entrepreneur. “I … enjoy building a technology-based solution to a big problem that can generate a meaningful and positive change in someone’s life,” he says. He also keeps a fun atmosphere at Equals6: “The E6 mascot is a small stuffed monkey named Herve that has been with the cofounders for over 10 years,” he explains. Youthful, indeed.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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