How is Protopia different?

We started by asking “Does the world really need another feature-laden networking platform when we’re all already overwhelmed with too many apps?” 

So we built Protopia to be different. To be simpler. To be inclusive.

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Not another app

First things first: with Protopia there’s nothing new to sign up for or learn. Just like with your 401K, everyone is automatically enrolled (it’s super easy to opt out) and uses their favorite tools to engage (email, Slack, SMS, etc).

Why does that matter? Because the average professional already uses 35 different apps a day. They are not clamoring for another Facebook.

Oh, and Protopia uses your existing alumni data so your IT team doesn’t have to worry about “another database.”

We chose Protopia to expand the universe of alumni we can connect with students.

What stood out for us with Protopia's solution is that it is platform-agnostic and all of our alumni are automatically included as advisers.

So far, we've been really impressed with student questions and alumni responses!
Sterly Wilder
Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs
Duke University

Simple to use

When is the last time you heard an alum or student rave about networking on LinkedIn?

Unlike a networking platform, with Protopia users simply ask for help via a form, email, SMS, or Slack (guided by our expertise) and our AI does the hard work of activating alumni for advice + networking.

It’s equally simple to help: About 10-15 of the most-relevant alumni receive a private email asking if they can assist. Recipients can not only choose if to help but also how much: quick advice, a call, or a meeting. Without ever logging into another app.

Our alumni, our students, and our team are app'd out.

We chose Protopia because we need a simple and scalable tool to let our alumni give back without throwing another platform at them.
Nancy Merritt
Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations
University of Pittsburgh

Privacy + control

LinkedIn and directories like it can be intimidating – not just for students looking to network but also for professionals inundated with requests. It’s hard to turn someone down and easier to just not engage.

With Protopia your busy experts will never feel bad about saying “no”: they are in full control if, when, and how they want to help. Their identities remain hidden (only you know who we ask) until they agree to assist.

If they guilt-free decline because they are not available or a request is not a fit, our algorithms learn their preferences and engage the next-best expert in the queue. 

With over 370,000 alumni, we have an incredibly diverse and passionate community that is always looking for ways to support each other and students.

With Protopia it's not only easy to "just ask" for advice, but our busy alumni can choose to help and mentor or simply pass the baton to the next-best Matador - all without another app or login.
Samantha Delagardelle Varner
Director, Alumni Relations and Engagement
Cal State Northridge (CSUN)

Guaranteed responses

Did you know that more than half of all questions on networking platforms go unanswered? Even fewer on LinkedIn. 

It’s hard enough to reach out and ask for help – no response from your alma mater is an engagement death knell. 

Protopia’s AI continuously recruits the best experts until we have two or more answers. And not only can you easily see (and intervene) if a question goes unanswered it alerts you if there are not  

Today, mentorship needs to be organic and responsive.

People have a world of knowledge at their fingertips, and Protopia injects our alumni and students into that web. In my mind, this is the future of professional engagement.

Mentorships will either form like this or not at all.
Jeff Gleim
AVC for Development & Alumni Relations
Southern Illinois University

Fast implementation

Change is never easy, but just like ripping off a Band-Aid, it should be quick and not hurt (a lot). 

Unlike the traditional months-long implementation process, you can launch Protopia in 2 – 4 weeks: branding, data, legal, administration (who should see & do what), and marketing. We will be by your side and support you with templates and best practices.

We will then get it into the hands of your early adopters and key stakeholders to create evangelists and collect powerful testimonials.

Implementation with Protopia was easy and quick. The entire process was very well organized and the team was responsive and kept us on track.

Protopia shared helpful best practices and sample marketing materials that made our launch smooth and manageable.
Sarah Baker
Director of Alumni Engagement
Emory University

Easy to support

We’ve built Protopia from the ground-up to leverage artificial intelligence and “smart automation.” Our AI finds + engages the best experts, determines when a request needs an approval or escalation, and jumps in as necessary to coach users. 

No need to “quit your day job” to monitor and manage. In fact, our customers spend about 0.1 FTE supporting Protopia – and that includes understanding how well the community is engaging via our private, real-time analytics dashboard.

Ready for robots to save you time?

We chose Protopia because of its ability to connect people through the tools they already use, without another platform to learn, without another login.

Protopia’s quick implementation process, flexibility, and integration capabilities allowed us to tailor their solution to meet all of our needs.
Eric Bacyinski
Director, External Engagement and Mentorship
Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan

Ready to make engagement simple - for everyone?

Let us show you how simple networking can be for your alumni, students, faculty, and staff.


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