Nepris, a platform that connects educators with industry professionals to bring real world relevance to classrooms, has closed a bridge round of funding totaling $1 million. The round was led by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) and includes Investors’ Circle’s Patient Capital Collaborative (PCC) Fund, IC member Silicon Valley Social Venture (SV2) Fund, and other angel investors.

“I first met Investors’ Circle at their Beyond the Pitch event in Boston. I’m excited to add their PCC Fund to my investor base with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and others who will help us achieve our goal of reaching more underserved students in lower socio-economic communities,"

says Sabari Raja, co-founder and CEO of Nepris.

A demographic study sponsored by New Schools Venture Fund and conducted by Empirical Education found that 55% of students reached through Nepris are from underserved and lower socio-economic school districts. While Nepris connections bring classroom lessons to life and add relevance, the greater impact is often the inspiration that students find from the professional and experts whom they meet. These experts encourage students to dream big and to consider careers they may never have known about, such as being an aerospace engineer, a speech therapist, or an amusement park designer. Frequently, students ask questions about what college was like or what classes they should take now to help them prepare for college. After a Nepris lesson, many students who previously felt college was unattainable begin to see greater possibilities for higher education and new career paths.

“One of the top reasons students drop out of high school is that the classroom experience is considered boring and not relevant to their lives. Nepris is attempting to address this issue by engaging students with industry professionals that provide real world relevance. We were impressed by the strong management team and scalable platform that has already benefited ten of thousands of students and could help millions of students discover exciting career opportunities over the next couple years,”

says Justin Desrosiers, IC’s Director of Investment and PCC Principal.
If you would like to share your expertise in the classroom through Nepris or want to see Nepris in your local schools, contact Nepris here to learn more or reach out to Justin. Investors interested in finding high-impact deals like Nepris are encouraged to attend IC’s next Beyond the Pitch event in San Francisco on September 13th.