Minerva Project

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The Minerva Project is a for-profit educational organization that provides technology, infrastructure and support services for the Minerva Schools at KGI, a four-year undergraduate program created by the Minerva Project and Keck Graduate Institute.[1][2] According to its founder, Ben Nelson, the Minerva Project provides “a reinvented university experience for bright and motivated students.”[3]


The Minerva Project was founded by CEO and Chairman Ben Nelson in 2011 and received a $25 million seed investment from Benchmark Capital in 2012 — which was, at the time, the largest seed-stage funding in the venture capital firm’s history.[4][5][6] The Minerva Project announced a partnership with Keck Graduate Institute to form the Minerva Schools at KGI in 2013.[7] A book describing the Minerva Project's origins is now available. [8]


  1. ^ Wood, Graeme (13 August 2014). "The Future of College?" (September 2014). The Atlantic. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. ^ Farr, Christina (6 January 2014). "This entrepreneur is trying to create a 'perfect university' to displace Harvard & Yale". VentureBeat. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ NPR Staff (9 April 2014). "Debate: In An Online World, Are Brick And Mortar Colleges Obsolete?". NPR. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. ^ Weissman, Jordan (5 April 2012). "Can This 'Online Ivy' University Change the Face of Higher Education?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. ^ Primack, Dan (3 April 2012). "Reinventing the Ivy League". Fortune.
  6. ^ Kamenetz, Anya (4 April 2012). "Minerva Project Scores $25 Million In Seed Money To Build A New Elite University Online". Fast Company. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Minerva Project and KGI Partner to Launch the Minerva Schools at KGI". Reuters. 24 July 2013. Archived from the original on 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  8. ^ Kosslyn, Stephen M.; Nelson, Ben (eds.). Building the intentional university: Minerva and the future of higher education. Foreword by Senator Bob Kerrey. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-03715-0.

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