Nepris, a Dallas-based platform connecting educators and industry experts to inspire students in the classroom towards real-world careers, raised $1m in seed funding.
The round was led by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) with participation from Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), Circle Patient Capital Collaborative, Voqal and other angel investors.
The company intends to use the funds to redesign the site to simplify the connection process for teachers and professionals, expand its work with Economic Development Councils and Workforce Boards, boost the number of industry offered sessions, known as Industry Chats, which often attract multiple classrooms from across the country and reach more rural areas.
Led by CEO Sabari Raja, Nepris provides an online platform to connect companies, professionals, and experts to expand education outreach to classrooms while providing teachers a way to reach out to and connect with professionals around the world.
The platform brings classroom learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the Arts via finding, connecting, and meeting online through a dedicated community. Sessions include interactive Q&As with working professionals, virtual field trips, project mentorships, and live Shark Tanks.