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Unbundling Harvard: How The Traditional University Is Being Disrupted

Unbundling Harvard: How The Traditional University Is Being Disrupted

From alumni networking to grad school research to undergraduate admissions, here’s how Harvard University is being unbundled. Harvard University — and the elite college experience — is being disrupted across many of its core functions and revenue streams. In 2019, Harvard’s annual revenue hit $5.5B. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has hurt the financial outlook for the Ivy League giant — the school reported a $10M budget deficit in the 2020 fiscal year, despite a nearly $42B endowment. As the pandemic has forced traditional in-person colleges...

Extending the Reach of Mental Health Therapy

Extending the Reach of Mental Health Therapy

As the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the ongoing and exacerbated mental health challenges that students face, it has also opened the door to virtual counseling companies at colleges wanting to meet a serious and growing need to provide services to increasingly anxious and stressed-out students. Telehealth applications and web platforms marketed specifically to colleges as a way to provide students teletherapy or tele-mental health services have gained renewed attention as campus counseling centers get increased requests for mental...

Bay Path University to Expand Access to Mental Health Counseling

Bay Path University to Expand Access to Mental Health Counseling

Students at Bay Path University will have a new resource for mental health counseling this fall, thanks to a partnership announced today with social impact startup Uwill. The initiative, designed to expand access to mental health services, will enable students to communicate with licensed counselors via video, chat, or message. "Caring for the whole student is of critical importance to Bay Path, and we're pleased to offer expanded mental health care and options to all of our students, regardless of their physical proximity to campus or...

Fairfield turns to Uwill to Offer telehealth for grad students

Fairfield turns to Uwill to Offer telehealth for grad students

Recognizing the challenges facing student populations, colleges and universities are working on providing swifter and more accessible vehicles for those who seek mental health care. Many of those pitches and strategies have been aimed at undergraduates, especially first-year and second-year students who have experienced big changes in their lives and to their campuses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They aren’t alone. Graduate students are facing enormous challenges as well. Fallout from housing and financial problems and others are...

Uwill Raises $3.25M to Provide On-Demand Therapy to Students

Uwill Raises $3.25M to Provide On-Demand Therapy to Students

The United States is one of the most anxious countries in the world, especially its college students. The global pandemic certainly isn’t helping either, with a whopping 80 percent of students reporting that their mental health is worsening as a result of COVID-19. Here to help is Uwill, a teletherapy startup out of Boston created specifically for college students. The platform launched last week with the help of a $3.25 million seed round led by Darryl McDaniels, a founding member of the hip hop group Run-DMC who says he hopes to help remove...

Hip-Hop Legend, Higher Ed Executives Back Mental Health Startup for College Students

Hip-Hop Legend, Higher Ed Executives Back Mental Health Startup for College Students

Uwill, a startup that enables college students to connect on-demand with mental health professionals, today announced a $3.25 million seed round led by Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC. Founded by veteran edtech entrepreneur and EY Entrepreneur of the Year Michael London, Uwill's seed investors include a who's-who of industry giants, including Bright Horizons CEO Stephen Kramer and Princeton Review founder John Katzman. "The COVID-19 crisis, and impacts of systemic racism, are taking a toll on students," said McDaniels, who has himself grappled...

Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels walks into healthtech investing

Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels walks into healthtech investing

In the summer of 1993, hip-hop group Run-DMC was enjoying a comeback after fading from the limelight. The group had released the album "Down with the King," which topped Billboard's rap and hip-hop chart and revived Run-DMC to their central place in the rap scene. "We back on the road. We back on MTV. We touring now. Life is grand. Life is great," recounted Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC. But even with his career at a high point, McDaniels struggled to cope with mental health challenges. "Right when this album and video and song drop,...

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