We are excited to announce the second cohort of companies at Michelson Runway: APL nextED, Gooroo, MeasureOne, NameCoach, NexusEdge, Osmosis, Qualified.io, The Whether by Better Weekdays, and Year On.

The selected companies will receive equity investments and support through a four-month hybrid, virtual accelerator program designed to promote technological innovations in postsecondary education, workforce development, and lifelong learning.

“After the impressive run of the inaugural Michelson Runway cohort in 2016, we aimed to assemble the most promising startups to further the foundation’s mission of promoting educational access, efficacy, and equity through technological innovations,” said Dr. Gary K.Michelson, founder of the Michelson 20MM Foundation. “The entrepreneurs selected for Cohort 2 all demonstrate a strong passion for serving today’s diverse and at-risk students so that they thrive in the post-secondary space and the workforce.”

The Michelson 20MM Foundation will continue it’s partnership with Runway Incubator in downtown San Francisco where the accelerator participants will receive free desk space, feedback from leading visionaries, and access to world-class mentors and investors. Bisk Ventures will also return as a Michelson Runway partner in an effort to continue driving student success through the development of new technologies. Sponsoring the 2018 Cohort is Cooley LLP, the leading global EdTech law firm, who will provide key guidance for the second cohort of companies.

Congratulations to Cohort 2! We’re excited to partner with you to help ensure all students have access to an affordable, equitable, and high-quality education that leads to a meaningful career.


APL nextED: A comprehensive Faculty Management Solution (FMS) for managing faculty workflow and data.


Gooroo: An online marketplace that connects students to qualified tutors. Students can discover, book, and manage sessions, all within the Gooroo web and mobile apps.


MeasureOne: Enabling the use of personal and academic data to streamline institutional admissions and placement; provide meaningful access to financial services for a population with no credit history; and uniquely inform internship and career opportunities.

NameCoach: The world’s first platform for more respectful and inclusive interactions through enabling accurate name pronunciation and gender identification.


NexusEdge: AI-driven lifelong career navigation platform designed to help students discover their career paths and assist employers in building a pipeline of candidates that meet their specific expectations.


Osmosis: A personalized learning platform and comprehensive video library that is educating the world’s health force.


Qualified.io: A platform designed to identify and assess developer talent through its automated Code Assessments and Live Interview tool, accelerating the recruiting process and saving clients time and money.


The Whether by Better Weekdays: A personalized career guide for college students, making it easy for employers to attract, engage, and hire diverse talent.



Year On: A structured gap year program that provides coaching to better prepared students for success before they enter higher education.