Second PITCH Finalist Announced

CollegeAppz Team

Congrats to Tina Tran Neville and Jocelyn Gamble, co-founders of college application platform, CollegeAppz!

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By Dana Rosenberg (PITCH Competition Coordinator, Women 2.0)

We’re thrilled to announce the second of ten finalists for our PITCH Competition at our Las Vegas conference in November 14-15, 2013: CollegeAppz.com

Co-founders Tina and Jocelyn will both pitch live on stage. A “TurboTax for College Admissions,” CollegeAppz is a college readiness platform built to maximize user data for better school matches for students and improved leads for universities and commercial companies.

CollegeAppz focuses on the combined 490 million high school students in the US and abroad, focusing on first-generation, immigrant and international students who traditionally have less access to college admissions information.

Both Tina and Jocelyn have very personal ties to CollegeAppz as first-generation college students. Prior to founding CollegeAppz, Tina taught at schools in Washington, DC and founded Transcend Academy, another college admissions company. Meanwhile, Jocelyn was a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and developed business strategies for multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Are you a startup with less than $1 million in funding and at least one female founder?  Applications for PITCH are still open with the next round of applications closing this August 31st. Or if you’re keen to see the finalists present their startups live and in person, conference tickets are still available. Get an even better deal by signing up for a Women 2.0 membership.

Company Description

CollegeAppz_logoCollegeAppz is a “TurboTax for College Admissions,” a college readiness platform built to maximize user data for better school matches for students and improved leads for universities and commercial companies.

Founder Bios

CollegeAppz_TinaTina Tran Neville, co-founder and CEO of CollegeAppz, was a political refugee from Vietnam and first-generation college student. She graduated with a BA from the University of Tulsa and a MA from Yale University and joined the U.S. Department of State as a U.S. diplomat to Pakistan and Iraq during wartime. Tina then taught in schools in Washington DC and founded Transcend Academy, a college admissions company that won a Stevie Award for Women in Business.

CollegeAppz_JocelynJocelyn Gamble, co-founder and COO of CollegeAppz, is a first-generation college student. She graduated with a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a MBA from Darden School of Business. She previously worked at the White House and was a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Jocelyn has developed business strategies for Fortune 500 companies and built $37M in new revenue in two years at L-3 Communications, a Fortune 200 company.

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dana_rosenber_profile_imgDana Rosenberg is Director of Business Development at Rock Health. She manages strategic partnerships and sponsorships across the incubator, events and research. Prior to Rock Health, Dana led user acquisition, engagement, marketing and PR at HealthTap and was a consultant at Easton Associates, a healthcare strategy consulting firm. Follow her on Twitter at @DanaRosenberg.