Concept

The Minerva Project is reinventing university education for the brightest, most motivated students in the world. Combining the best of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum with cutting-edge technology and instruction based on the science of learning, Minerva prepares students to be future leaders and innovators in all disciplines. The first class began Autumn 2015.

How they’re disrupting

The university uses innovative teaching techniques in small interactive seminars, that demand the full engagement of professors and classmates alike. It claims to deliver a higher-quality of education in a sustainable fashion for a quarter of the tuition costs of a traditional university, by stripping out all of those costs that don’t benefit the student.

Disruption potential

Around 5 million students attend HE courses in the US alone. The annual tuition fees for Minerva students are set at $10,000, a fraction of the approximately $44,000 currently demanded by Stanford and Harvard.

Investments and future

The Minerva Project has received in excess of $95 million of investment to date, with a recent injection of $70 million in a Series B led by Chinese investors. The university is aiming to build a typical Ivy League-sized student body of between 7,000 and 10,000.