College admissions coach Halp picks up $4m in seed funding

Lerer Hippeau and Serena Ventures led the round.

  • Other participants in the round included N49P, Shed Capital and Gambit Partners
  • Halp was founded by Matthew McLellan, Marc Fielding, and Justin Mills
  • Based in San Francisco, Serena Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm led by tennis player Serena Williams

Toronto-based Halp, a technology-enabled international college admissions coach, has secured $4 million in a seed financing. Lerer Hippeau and Serena Ventures led the round.

Other participants in the round included N49P, Shed Capital and Gambit Partners as well as angel investors, such as Sam Blyth, Drew Stevens, Merrick Read, Kaiz Alarakyia, Kyle Doner, and Brandon Swartz.

Halp was founded by Matthew McLellan, Marc Fielding, and Justin Mills to help international students get into and afford college.

Halp makes learning accessible for everyone, starting with international admissions coaching,” said CEO McLellan in a statement. “Studying abroad is a catalyst to evening the global socio-economic playing field. We help students manage the entire journey on-platform, supported by a personal coach – for free. We make the experience simple, online, affordable, and more effective. Halp drives above-market placement rates and allows students to graduate with less debt – at scale.”

“The international admissions market is set to quadruple in the next few years,” said Andrea Hippeau, a partner at Lerer Hippeau. “But the current system is clumsy and untrustworthy. Students need a tech-forward solution to help manage all of the challenges related to studying abroad in Canada, the U.S., and beyond, and Halp is best positioned to bring the industry into the modern age.”

Based in New York, Lerer Hippeau is an early-stage venture capital firm. Based in San Francisco, Serena Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm led by tennis player Serena Williams.