Edtech startup Microverse raises $12.5M to bring income share agreements to the developing world ' TechCrunch

Microverse, an Edtech startup, has secured venture funding to help it train students around the world to code. Its online school requires no upfront costs and instead relies on an income-share arrangement that kicks in when students get a job.TechCrunch has been informed by the startup that it closed a $12.5million Series A led and managed by Northzone, with additional participation from All Iron Ventures, General Catalyst and other angel investors. The company was last reported after it received seed funding from General Catalyst, Y Combinator and other investors. This latest round brings its total funding to just below $16 million.Microverse's vision has gained additional pandemic-era momentum as larger tech companies embrace remote work that crosses geographical boundaries and time zones. Microverse now has students fluent in English from more than 188 countries.Ariel Camus, the CEO of the startup, has reported that 300 students have been hired by VMWare, Huawei, and Microsoft since our last conversation. According to the company, 95% of its graduates are employed within six months of graduating. This is a significant improvement on the problem that income-share agreement-based schools had in getting graduates employed.Although Microverse has a significantly lower rate than Lambda School for students who begin loan repayments, I have already noted that the terms of both institutions are quite different.Lambda Schools ISA terms require that students pay 17% of their monthly salaries for 24 months if they earn more than $50,000 per year up to a maximum amount of $30,000; however, Microverse requires that graduates pay 15% once they start earning more than $1,000 per month. However, there is no time limit so students can continue to make payments until they repay $15,000 fully. Both startups require students to repay only if they work in a related field to their studies. However, Microverse ISAs are never expired so if you do get a job that is close to your study area, you will be responsible for the repayments. After five years of deferred payments, the Lambda Schools ISA is tapped out.Since launch, the startup has worked to streamline their online program to make sure students are prepared to succeed in the full-time program that lasts 10 months. Microverses has reduced the time required to teach lessons to make sure students don't start the program without enough time. Camus said that Microverses receives thousands of applications each month. However, only a small percentage of these are accepted to keep the startup from overcommitting. It expects to enroll 1,000 students in its program this year.The startup has big plans and is working closely with tech companies to make it easier for students to find jobs once they graduate.Camus told TechCrunch that we have data showing that we will launch a partnership program, which we have not yet done. However, we will eventually open up the market to 5x. It won't be difficult to get 10,000 students annually in a world where 90% don't have access to higher educational opportunities.