BRIDGEEDU, a Baltimore-based education startup that offers a first-year college transition program for low-income students, has raised a seed round of $3.1 million. The funds come from the Lumina Foundation, angel investors and other foundations, reports the Baltimore Business Journal.
BridgeEdU was founded in 2014 by author Wes Moore and is designed to be a “comprehensive first-year program,” offering academic courses, internships, service opportunities, financial aid and coaching. Moore describes BridgeEdU as a “high-touch edtech” platform, according to a profile of the founder in Black Enterprise. Participants in the program study in cohorts of 12 and can earn up to 20 transferrable college credits over the 11-month program. BridgeEdU currently partners with the Community College of Baltimore County and University of Baltimore.