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Fizz Closes $25M Series B Led by Owl Ventures to Bring Community-Centric Social Media to More College Campuses

Fizz is shaping campus life at over 90 colleges and universities nationwide and has plans to expand to hundreds more schools this Fall

On the heels of a Series A raise in November 2022, the company secures another $25M, led by Owl Ventures with participation from NEA, in an otherwise dry consumer tech market

Alex Le, former EVP at Reddit, will join the team as Chief Product Officer to lead growth and app enhancements

San Francisco, CA – WEBWIRE

Today, Fizz, the Gen Z-founded social media platform exclusively available for college students, announces the raise of its $25M series B funding round led by Owl Ventures with participation from NEA. Fizz rose above what Crunchbase considers the lowest funding quarter for Series B rounds in 3 years and does so on the heels of raising a $12 million Series A in November 2022. The new funding will help Fizz continue the expansion of its authentic and community-centric social media app to more colleges and universities nationwide.

Fizz aims to free Gen-Z social media users from the constant judgment, comparison and unachievable expectations that legacy social platforms have become known for. The company’s goal is to create a safer, private and more engaging digital space to encourage users to be their authentic selves and share content about what it’s actually like to be a college student.

The campus-focused model creates private communities for each school, so scrolling through Fizz is not only fun and entertaining, but it allows students to form connections with classmates they may not otherwise cross paths with.

“Especially at a larger school, I tend to spend time with the same group of people who share the same interests as me. With Fizz, I believe I have a more well-rounded understanding of activity on campus beyond those in my immediate circle. There’s a sense of equal footing that isn’t really paralleled on another social media platform - no matter who you are, you’re capable of reaching a lot of people,” said Sarah Ordway, a Fizz user and Northwestern student in the class of 2026.

Now live at over 90 college campuses, Fizz is taking the college market by storm. In several recent campus launches, Fizz penetrated more than 50% of the student body within two months, and across the board, app usage is showing a steeper growth rate than original launches at schools like Stanford and Pepperdine which now have over 95% adoption.

“Our generation grew up on social media and we’re tired of screen time corresponding to feeling anxious and unworthy. Fizz keeps growing because regardless of the type of school or campus culture, this experience is what college students and the rest of the Gen Z generation really want out of social media - something that’s positive and different than Instagram and Facebook,” said Teddy Solomon, co-founder and COO at Fizz. “Fizz elevates the college student’s on-campus life and makes them feel more empowered and included in their student body, on and off their devices.”

As Fizz prepares to launch at hundreds of more campuses this Fall, they are expanding their leadership team and bringing on Alex Le to be Chief Product Officer. Le, formerly an Executive Vice President at Reddit responsible for consumer product, design, and community, led a turnaround and modernization of the product suite from 2015 to 2022 and helped grow the site 10x during his tenure. Reddit is now the world’s largest network of communities. At Fizz, he’ll support expansion to more schools and use his expertise to spearhead app enhancements that both students and the market will demand.

My time at Reddit showed me the incredible power of digital communities, and I’m excited to help build a better way for Gen Z to connect with each other online,” said Alex Le, Chief Product Officer at Fizz. “I love Rakesh, Teddy and Ashton’s vision to create a safe environment for college students to communicate and form connections with each other and I look forward to working with them to make Fizz the go-to app for Gen Z.”

Fizz will also use its latest funding to expand its team to prepare for more campus launches and build more features tailored to user requests. The company is seeking talented and driven engineers to join their team in Palo Alto, CA, to help the app evolve as the social media landscape continues to shift.

”What makes Fizz unique is that we are truly obsessed with our customers. Alex Le will be a fantastic addition to our team to help us further cater the Fizz experience to students’ needs and see what’s around the corner in the world of social media,“ said Rakesh Mathur, CEO of Fizz. ”We’re thankful for the support from our investors at Owl and NEA, and as we keep growing, we’ll stay focused on our mission to ensure that Fizz is always bringing value to our users.“

”What truly captivates us with Fizz is the team’s unique commitment to fostering a genuine sense of belonging, breaking away from the exclusionary norms seen in other social apps,“ said Emily Bennett, Principal at Owl Ventures. “Fizz’s remarkable growth and user engagement underscore the need for more authentic and community-oriented social experiences for Gen Z and beyond. We eagerly anticipate the ongoing impact Rakesh, Teddy, Ashton, and their talented team will bring to the college experience nationwide.”

“Fizz creates repeated moments of connection for their users and gives them immediate access to the heart of their community,” said Danielle Lay, Partner at NEA. “That hyper-relevance has allowed Fizz to achieve the same levels of engagement that the largest social media companies have with a tiny fraction of the resources. The builders’ native experience is a key ingredient for any social company to thrive and create enduring value over time. This team has that quality in spades, and we’re thrilled to be partners with them and with Owl on this journey.”

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Fizz was launched at Stanford in 2021 as an authentic social community for updates on campus life. Now active on over 80 college campuses nationwide, Fizz facilitates real conversations and the daily thoughts of college students who can express themselves in a moderated environment. Fizz completely changes the college culture, creating an authentic, fun and private online space.

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