Company Raises $1.5 M to Support Online Students

UP AND UP: Do online-only college students receive less support than their on-campus peers? That’s a theory held by Melvin Hines, co-founder and CEO of Austin-based Upswing, an online tutoring and support company for students, advisors, instructors and others that work in online education.

Originally a video platform for online coaching, Upswing’s pivot into academic support has helped it raise $1.5 million in funding in a round led by Lumina Impact Ventures, and including Stanford Graduate School of Business, Rethink Education and Village Capital. The current funding round brings the company’s total raise to $3 million.

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