Upclique, a Cleveland, Ohio-based free online college recruitment network, has closed an over $350k financing round with The Ancora Group.
The company intends to use the capital to continue building out its network and expand site features that connect students with their perfect school, and guide them along the search process.
Founded in 2011 by Matt Benton, Upclique helps students, counselors and academic institutions find and engage with one another for free online. The site allows students to search and build a list of potential fits based on criteria like major, location, and campus life, and gives school counselors one central place to approve grades, and build relationships with colleges for all the students under their guidance. College recruiters can in turn search for students who fit what they are looking for, whether through grades, athletics, extracurricular activities, interests or college preferences, and then send a connection request directly to those students to start the dialogue.
The company also announced an endorsement from the National Catholic College Admission Association (National CCAA), a group of more than 200 colleges across the country,
which will use the network for its recruiting efforts.