GUILD EDUCATION, which partners with companies to help them offer education as an employee benefit, has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding. Redpoint Ventures led the round, with participation from Social Capital and its seed backers, Harrison Metal, Cowboy Ventures, and investor and Stanford lecturer Fern Mandelbaum, according to TechCrunch.
Founded in 2015, Denver-based Guild offers classes, programs and degrees in partnership with U.S. universities. Students can take a personal finance class from Straighter University or pursue a B.S. in Accounting from Colorado State University-Global Campus, for instance. Chipotle is one company that’s worked with Guild to offer education as a benefit.