Plenty of soon-to-be college grads will finish school with heavy debt loads and not a clue about how to get a jump in the market. But Modern Guild, an early-stage startup in New York, believes it can help students get a leg up on launching their careers by matching them with professionals for fee-based online career readiness courses.
In early 2012, it launched a pilot program with 100 students at ten schools, including Columbia, University of Michigan and Colgate. On Monday, the startup said it had raised $500,000 in seed funding from about a dozen investors, including Alex Asseily, co-founder of Jawbone. (Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman is also an advisor.)
Founder Adrien Fraise, a former consultant and Columbia Business School graduate, said the idea stemmed from his participation in a mentorship program organized by his alma mater Stanford.
“Kids in college aren’t tying their academics to where they want to go,” he said. “We’re giving them a line of sight.”
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