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Most Innovative Companies

MissionU

Launched in 2017 with over $11 million in investment and offering majors in data analytics and business intelligence, MissionU is on a mission to build a higher-education model that doesn’t churn out broke, jobless degree-holders staggering under tens of thousands of dollars in student-loan debt. So instead of charging tuition up front, MissionU—whose course of study is part tech bootcamp, part traditional college experience—asks graduates to pay 15% of their pre-tax income once it hits $50,000 a year for the following three years. Nearly 5,000 applicants applied for MissionU’s first cohort of 30 students and plans to ramp up. The organization has secured partnerships with Warby Parker, Uber, Spotify, Lyft, Casper, Harry’s, and more—giving those companies advisory roles to shape MissionU’s curriculum (instructors hail from Harvard and Stanford but also Bain and Hack Reactor) as well as first dibs on hiring its graduates. Another bonus? No SATs required.

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