CSO Research of Austin Merges With MBA Focus

Erik Mulloy, chief executive officer and founder of CSO Research

Erik Mulloy, chief executive officer and founder of CSO Research

CSO Research, which makes undergraduate career service software since 2001 in Austin, has merged with MBA Focus, based in Dublin, Ohio.

Columbus-based Cozzins Road Capital and C3 Capital Partners have invested $10 million in the combined entity, said Jim Perry, spokesman. The $10 million is for the merger and future growth, he said..

CSO Research employs 32, and MBA Focus has 27 employees, Perry said. The merged companies will choose a new name in the coming months, he said.

“This deal builds the world’s leading network for matching students and employers,” Perry said.

MBA Focus, founded in 2003, provides graduate business school career service software and recruitment technology. It works with more than 2,000 companies and students at 75 graduate schools. Erik Mulloy is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of CSO Research. Jack Gainer is the Chief Executive Officer of MBA Focus.

Together the companies will create a network of 1,000 schools and career service centers. They match employers to undergraduate and graduate students looking for jobs.

CSO Research lets companies tap into information on 1.4 million undergraduate students nationwide. The combined online platform of undergraduate and graduate students looking for jobs will make the recruiting process a lot easier for companies looking for talent, according to the companies.

The online platform also gives universities and business schools a way to track student placements and career outcomes. Already, CSO Research produces “The Outcomes Survey,” with nationally standardized data on graduate career outcomes including where graduates find jobs or enroll in graduate school.

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