Concept

2U is an educational technology company partnering with world’s leading colleges and universities to build online degrees that equal, if not better, traditional on-campus experience. Their platform provides a set of tools that enable universities to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally, whilst providing students face-to-face classes, dynamic course content and real-world learning experiences.

How they’re disrupting

2U are capitalising on the demand for, and proliferation of, digital learning content. By investing heavily (as much as $10m) into each graduate programme it creates, 2U is providing universities with a scaleable education platform with no dilution of the learning experience. Plus by offering a revenue share to its partners, 2U have been able to sign clients up to 15-year contracts.

Disruption potential

The higher education market is set to be worth $70.62 billion by 2020.

Investments and future

The company went public on NASDAQ in 2014, raising $119m. Prior to the IPO it had raised $96m from SVB Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and others. With a US education market worth $555bn, a track record of 100% client retention and a continued global demand for online learning, there’s a strong outlook for 2U.