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Focused on upskilling America’s workforce, the five-year old education company already has a billion-dollar valuation and a roster of Fortune 500 clients including Walmart, Chipotle, and Disney. Denver-based Guild partners with those companies to provide their employees debt-free tuition and access to a range of educational opportunities—from high school completion to master’s degrees. The company, which gets paid only after students have successfully completed their programs, offers a technology platform and coaching to help working students—Guild says tens of thousands start classes every month—make the most of the benefit. Chipotle, which has had 7,000 employees enroll in its debt-free college degree program, reports higher retention and promotion rates among the group. Earlier this spring, Guild expanded its mission with Next Chapter, a service to provide upskilling to employees impacted by the pandemic. The start-up has raised $228.5 million to date, $157 million of that in its November 2019 Series D.

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Rachel Carlson
No. of employees (approximate)730
General Catalyst, Next Play Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Workday Ventures, Stephen Curry’s SC30
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