The Market for Micro-internships is ‘Riipen-ing’
Riipen, a work integrated learning platform, was co-founded by Dana Stephenson and Dave Savory during their time at the University of Victoria. The platform connects students with high-quality work experiences to help them gain career clarity and build their portfolios, addressing the "chicken and egg" dilemma of getting experience for a job that requires experience. Riipen has facilitated over 88.5k student experiences and helped 12.5k companies recruit new talent. They focus on project-based learning and have adapted well to remote work during the pandemic. Their success is a testament to the impact of practical work experiences during education.
As EduLab Capital Managing Partner, Liam Pisano puts it, “A broad mosaic of work experience expands horizons and expectations — simply put, the more you see and experience, the more you want to see and experience. Riipen enables and accelerates this process, and we’re watching actual impact as they grow, which is exciting.”