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College Application Platform ZeeMee Raises $5.8M Series A Round

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ZeeMee, a platform that wants to help students bring their college applications to life, told TechCrunch exclusively Thursday it had raised a Series A round of  $5.8 million led by BlueRun Ventures.

Prospective college students today have been on social media for most of their adolescence. ZeeMee wants to help those students use the medium they know so well to showcase talents and interests that can’t be encompassed in a 150-word personal statement or test scores.

BlueRun Ventures has previously been an early investor in companies like PayPal and mapping service Waze. Jonathan Ebinger, a BlueRun Ventures general partner, told TechCrunch digital presence is increasingly important to college bound students.

“The existing online tools are not in sync with the needs and aspirations of the rising workforce,” Ebinger said. “ZeeMee is a fun and easy mobile platform for the 21st century where students show their best selves to the world through video.”

ZeeMee looks like a younger LinkedIn. As early as eighth grade, students can begin uploading photos, videos and text to ZeeMee that showcase their personal biography and activities. For example dancers can upload videos from their latest recitals, athletes can show off their best game footage and researchers can show off shots from their latest science fair.