University Canada West (UCW) and Riipen have partnered to offer real-world business projects to students, providing hands-on experience with technology companies during their studies. Riipen's platform connects businesses with academic institutions to address workforce needs and upskill students. UCW aims to equip students with practical applied skills and uses Riipen to immerse students in real-world industry projects, preparing them for work in small to medium-sized corporations. Nearly a dozen of UCW's MBA courses have incorporated Riipen client projects, with 80% of students expressing satisfaction with the experience.
“We hear a lot these days about the need to step up work-integrated experiential learning opportunities. We know it’s a key way we can more efficiently upskill the BC workforce and fill the many opportunities in our start-up and tech community,” says Dana Stephenson, Riipen’s Co-founder and CEO. “Our platform was designed to address this challenge directly. We provide the tools and ability to connect businesses – regardless of size – to connect with students and academic institutions like UCW.”