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Upstart is a crowdfunding platform that takes a rather unique approach to raising money for students. Students sign up for the program and backers may invest in them in exchange for a percentage of their income (up to 7%) for some duration (5 or 10 years).

How Upstart works:

High-res intro video on Vimeo:

Crunchbase is listing their current funding as $7.65 Million.


Young entrepreneurial students can overcome financial hurdles to starting their own business and get out from under student debt.

Students can begin building their dreams right out of the gate with experienced partners who have a vested interest in seeing them succeed.

Steps for campus integration

Currently waiting to hear back from their staff about the potential to do an interview and discuss this information in detail.