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Startup develops job-search platform for college towns

July 4, 2014
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Startup develops job-search platform for college towns
The web app HireTide would allow students in college towns to find jobs at small businesses. Photo via hiretide.com

A startup is working to make it easier to find a job in college towns.

Start Garden, the $15-million seed fund in Grand Rapids, said last week that it will invest $5,000 in HireTide as part of its weekly program.

Small business jobs

The web application is designed to connect job seekers and employers through its single job application form, which incorporates a filter capability for businesses to highlight specific criteria for the ideal candidate.

HireTide would focus on job searches in areas with a high frequency of small businesses, especially college towns with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 20,000 students and a local population of at least 40,000.

Jerry Hendrix, founder of HireTide, said the platform focuses on part-time, full-time and seasonal jobs that require an early career skill set.

Hendrix said he belives that HireTide would provide more functionality than large job-search sites and university career websites.

Hendrix added that HireTide would also provide small businesses with visibility on HireTide and via social media.

Next steps

HireTide will use the Start Garden funds to develop the online platform and include additional functionality.

The funds will also allow users to provide more detailed feedback on the pilot product.

The process

Start Garden selected HireTide for funding based on the decision of its team and through public endorsement at the Start Garden website. Upon completing a post-funding "experiment," a team from HireTide will present the status of the startup to a live audience and Start Garden panel at an Update Night event in Grand Rapids. Based on its viability or desirability, HireTide may be eligible for further funds from Start Garden. 

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