‘Nurturing’ ecosystem a boost for startups before, during pandemic


The Cleveland-based ed tech startup Wisr always has operated with a simple but powerful premise: College students with mentors and a supportive campus community experience greater educational and career success.

In 2019, Wisr ran a pilot summer program that paired rising first-year students with on-campus peer mentors, so these new students already felt connected after arriving on campus.

The pilot was a success, says co-founder and COO John Knific, particularly because universities found that it reduced “summer melt,” which refers to a student putting down a deposit and then deciding not to attend.

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Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Written by Annie Zaleski.

Originally published Aug. 22, 2020.

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