EU Funding Program: CampusScout Receives Six-Figure Sum to Fund Growth

01. September 2016

Holger Jelich, Founder and Managing Director of CampusScout
  • The Potsdam startup is taking part in the EU-financed funding program “Gründung innovativ” of the Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg.
  • Continual development of CampusScout technology and expansion in the corporate sector
  • CampusScout is a digital recruiting and placement platform for students, apprentices and young professionals.

Potsdam/Berlin, September 1, 2016 – Milestone for CampusScout: The Potsdam startup has received new growth funding. As part of the “Gründung innovativ” program, CampusScout will be funded with a six-figure investment sum over a period of 18 months. The goal is to use the funding to further develop its innovative technology which searches for the right people for vocational training and university places. In addition, the Potsdam startup is also expanding its activities in the corporate sector. In the process, the company is being supported by the business-development agency of the state of Brandenburg, the ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg (ZAB).

EU funding for founders with innovative ideas

The “Gründung innovativ” funding program is financed by EU funds and managed by the Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB) on behalf of the Brandenburg Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family.

ZAB’s Managing Director, Sebastian Saule, expands on the topic: “Innovations are the motors of economic development. They ensure that companies – including of course the jobs at those companies – will still be around in the future. Therefore, one of our main goals as the business-development agency in Brandenburg is to support innovative concepts such as that of CampusScout. We wish the startup great success with their plan to improve the networking of students, apprentices and young professionals with educational institutions and companies. The business location of Brandenburg can also benefit from this networking.”

Further development of the technology and a focus on new target groups

CampusScout is using the growth funding to further develop its proprietary software and also to add personnel in the areas of marketing and account management. CampusScout founder Holger Jelich explains, “Our focus is on creating the technological as well as the personnel conditions to grow further and keep pace with the increasing number of customers and users. At the same time, CampusScout is strengthening its own activities in the corporate sector. To date, the startup has primarily acted as a digital recruitment platform for students and apprentices, but now its focus is increasingly on graduates and young professionals. Companies are now urgently searching for young, new employees. The competition in the war for talent is constantly growing.

Active, target-group specific outreach and placement of candidates

By questioning candidates on their interests, specialist knowledge and desired place of work beforehand, CampusScout can search for suitable apprentices and young professionals in a far more focused manner than the average recruitment platform, and take the criteria of company clients directly into consideration. Its knowledge of the wishes of the target group and its comprehensive industry expertise enable the CampusScout team to properly address candidate needs. “In this way, we not only guarantee a more efficient recruitment process but also a better fit between candidate and employer or educational institution,” explains Holger Jelich. “Our goal is to establish CampusScout long term as the most important platform for the search for university places and jobs. We want to become the of the employment market.”

About the Companies

About CampusScout:

CampusScout is a digital platform for recruitment and brokering between students and educational institutions as well as between apprentices, young professionals and companies. On the basis of a digital survey, interested students and prospective apprentices receive suggestions and information on suitable universities and employers. Its customers to date include, among others, the five largest providers of private education in Germany – two of which are the technical universities Business and Information Technology School (BITS) and the BTK – and also corporations and banks such as the Bayern Landesbank and medium-sized enterprises. The startup was founded in 2014 by digital consultant and company builder etventure and the communications consultant plan B communication. The company’s registered office is in Potsdam.

About etventure:

Under the guiding principle that “Only true entrepreneurs drive digital business,” the digital consultant and company builder etventure identifies, develops, and tests digital business approaches across industries. With its four business divisions – Startup Innovation, Corporate Innovation, Teams for Innovation, and Space for Innovation – etventure has mapped the entire value chain for innovative projects, from the development of its own startups through to new digital business of companies. Its clients include Wüstenrot & Württembergische, Deutsche Bahn, Daimler Financial Services, Franz Haniel & Cie., Viessmann, the SMS group, Putzmeister, and steel distributor Klöckner. etventure was founded in 2010 by Managing Directors Philipp Depiereux, Philipp Herrmann, and Dr. Christian Lüdtke. The etventure team is made up of 200 digital experts and entrepreneurs who are based at locations in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Essen, Stuttgart, London, New York, Paris and Zurich.

About plan B:

plan B communication is a communications consultant with locations in Potsdam, Berlin and Düsseldorf. Founded by communication professionals in 2003, the company has a proven track record in the subjects of aviation and space travel, industry and environmental questions, media, forestry and education. plan B communication supports leading national and international companies, including Boeing, SES and Laureate Education in their respective markets. The company is owner-managed.


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