Turning real company work into flexible online classrooms for students
Paragon One connects large numbers of students to employers through industry relevant projects called Remote Externships, thereby making it easier for students to build professional experiences while also engaging with company employees. For enterprise customers who need to scale and engage their early talent pipeline, Paragon One’s platform saves companies including Facebook, PwC, Hewlett-Packard, National Geographic, Snapchat, and Cloudflare time and money while helping them increase brand engagement and achieve DE&I targets. Paragon One has served thousands of students while growing 200% year over year. Paragon One also powers experiential learning for educational institutions and organizations such as Purdue University, Case Western Reserve, Colorado College, Thrive Scholars, Junior Achievement Worldwide, The Opportunity Network, and ACS International. Our platform is designed to onboard companies quickly while providing access to numerous project workflows in areas such as product, strategy, marketing, business development, finance, and data analytics. Students learn from companies while receiving support from teaching assistants and collaborating with other students on solutions to problems. We save companies 7 figures and thousands of manager hours per year compared to running similar student programs in-house by limited the time companies invest to one manager hour per week and limiting the need for HR time. Paragon One was founded by MIT alums and backed by YCombinator, Foundation Capital, University Ventures, Learn Capital, and Jason Calacanis.