Electives, an education platform for employees, has closing a $2.25 million seed round led by Boston Seed Capital and Accomplice. Additional investors include Bertelsmann Media and Jerod Mayo, former American football player and current coach for the New England Patriots.

Boston-based Electives offers live corporate trainings, with teachers on the platform including former FBI agents, business school professors, Broadway performers, improv comedians and professional athletes. Topics range from manager training, implicit bias, leadership development, storytelling, gender identity, and cultural history.

Jason Lavender, co-founder and chief executive of Electives, said: “Today’s employees place a high value on workplace learning culture, and we built Electives to help companies provide learning and development programmes that engage, motivate, and inspire real progress,” said.

Krikor Dzeronian, the company’s co-founder and chief technology officer, added: “After college, we quickly recognised that the electives we’d taken were oftentimes our most influential learning experiences – more so than some that were required for our majors. With Electives, we’re bringing those same valuable and varied experiences to workforces everywhere.”

Peter Blacklow, managing director at Boston Seed Capital, commented: “On one hand, companies are doing everything they can to compete for talent. On the other hand, employees are consistently seeking more professional development and diversity and inclusion opportunities. Electives solves both sides of the equation for employers and for employees.”

Date published: 14 October 2021

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