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Type of site
Online education
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Founder(s) Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi
Slogan(s) Learn, Collaborate, Innovate
Commercial Yes
Registration Required
Launched April 2013; 4 years ago (April 2013)
Current status Active

NovoEd is a for-profit educational technology company, founded by Stanford University professor Amin Saberi and PhD student Farnaz Ronaghi, that partners with universities, foundations, and corporations to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) as well as small private online courses (SPOCS). Launched originally as Venture Lab, it rebranded to its present name in 2013.[1] Like many other online learning platforms, students view lecture videos online as individuals, but NovoEd's unique selling point is that students can collaborate in small teams and submit assignments with classmates around the world. The company claims to have found success and higher completion rate with this focus on collaboration.[2]

Investors include Costanoa Venture Capital[3] and Stanford University.


NovoEd has a mix of paid and free courses in a variety of topics, such as entrepreneurship, finance, business strategy, design and creativity, and humanities. In the beginning, NovoEd mainly offered courses from Stanford University, but in February 2014, the company announced 16 institutional partners, including Princeton University, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[4] In November 2014, Stanford University Graduate School of Business announced the launch of LEAD online certificate program on corporate innovation on NovoEd. This program involves 10 to 15 faculty members and is considered the school's most significant venture in the online realm.[5]


  1. ^ Empson, Rip. "Stanford's NovoEd Brings Collaboration And Group Learning To MOOCs To Help Fight Attrition". TechCrunch. AOL Inc. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Sewait, Ali. "The future of digital learning". NextStepU. 
  3. ^ "Costanoa Venture Capital Name Neill Occhiogrosso As Newest Partner" (PDF). Costanoa Venture Capital. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Rhea. "16 Institutions Sign On to Offer Courses Through NovoEd". Campus Technology. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Kitroeff, Natalie. "Stanford Bets Big on Virtual Education".