Most Innovative Companies

Guild Education

Cofounder and CEO Rachel Carlson started Guild Education with the intention of making education a benefit for workers and workplaces. A number of startups are trying to sell employers on the retention benefits of upskilling and reskilling workers—Pluralsight, for example, helps companies serve up tech courses to employees. Guild Education gives employees the opportunity to reskill and educate themselves by teaming up with affordable, nonprofit universities. In 2018, the company raised $40 million; Guild Education now reaches about 3 million working adults and provides access to schooling across more than 90 universities and learning providers.

2019: Education
headquarters: Denver, CO