GALVANIZE: $18 million to Denver, CO-based Galvanize in a Series A round led by University Ventures Fund. Founded in 2012, Galvanize operates tech campuses in Denver, Boulder and San Francisco that offer co-working space, mentoring and technology classes for entrepreneurs. This marks University Ventures's first investment in a company that is not directly tied to the formal higher education space.
Similar to General Assembly, Galvanize aims to provide a hub throughout the country for “entrepreneurial education.” Jim Deters, co-founder and CEO of Galvanize, tells EdSurge that the company plans to remain focused on growing its physical campuses and classes. “One of the big fundamental ways we’re different [from General Assembly] is that we are focused on the physical community as the context of learning.” The startup currently has 30 employees, half of whom are instructors that teach various programming languages for Galvanize’s gSchool workshops.