myEDmatch proves a quick learner, closes $2.6M Series A round

It's been a short learning curve for myEDmatch, a job-matching site for educators that connects schools and teachers based on missions, beliefs and goals. The Kansas City startup today announced a $2.6 million Series A round led by St. Louis-based FTL Capital. That brings the total invested in myEDmatch to $2.89 million since...

It’s been a short learning curve for myEDmatch, a job-matching site for educators that connects schools and teachers based on missions, beliefs and goals. The Kansas City startup today announced a $2.6 million Series A round led by St. Louis-based FTL Capital. That brings the total invested in myEDmatch to $2.89 million since the company was founded in October 2012, with its site launched in February.

“FTL’s background and experience in scaling companies, plus the expertise in online marketing, human resources, and applicant tracking of the additional investors FTL has compiled specifically for us, has the potential to be game-changing for myEDmatch and this idea we all believe in,” founder and CEO Alicia Herald said in a press release.

Build-A-Bear Workshop founder Maxine Clark, an initial investor and mentor for myEDmatch, made the connection between Herald and FTL managing partner Tom Hillman. As part of the partnership, FTL has brought on executives and founders from $100-million-dollar-plus companies to provide additional expertise and capital.

“We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Alicia and the myEDmatch team,” Hillman said in the release. “The burden of teacher attrition impacts the lives of tens of millions of students, millions of teachers and more than 100,000 schools. We love to do well by doing good, and are thrilled to partner with myEDmatch to enable the improvement of our national educational system.”

More than 15,000 teachers have built digital resumes and teaching portfolios since its launch and more than 200 paying schools have begun using myEDmatch to recruit best-fit teachers. The site works by matching teachers and schools, with both sides building online profiles and finding matches with high-fit counterparts through similar educational values. That search opens up the lines of commucation to start recruiting and interviewing, with less emphasis on pay or location, but rather the best work environment.

For more on myEDmatch, read our previous coverage: “Former Teach for America, Kauffman leaders launch education startup.”

 

Stay tuned: We’ll have a full interview and story with myEDmatch’s Alicia Herald next week on how the company has been able to move so quickly.

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