15 Jan 2020

Future Unicorn Award nominee: OpenClassrooms

DIGITALEUROPE is proud to introduce OpenClassRooms among the selected SMEs to participate in the Future Unicorn Award. This French company is driving the digitisation of SMEs and enterprises with an online education-to-employment platform, designed to teach people the skills they need for the most in-demand jobs and to deliver onboarding, upskilling, and talent recruitment for corporate partners.

About OpenClassrooms

OpenClassrooms is an online learning platform that offers an apprentice-style experience. Students are paired with dedicated mentors in their chosen industry who guide them through their coursework, and teach them the real-life skills they need for jobs in competitive fields. They’re also taught soft skills like interview prep, networking, and working with teams.

This includes upskilling for people currently in their job who need to get up to speed on technological advancements in their field. We essentially future-proof people’s careers.As one of the leading online education and online platforms in the world, with over 3.5 million monthly users across 140 countries and more than 1,000 online courses OpenClassrooms is well positioned to meet the global education challenge, and find appropriate solutions to the ever-widening skills gap. The company aims to change the way higher professional education and training are delivered across the globe.

OpenClassrooms has a unique online education model that includes weekly one-on-one mentorship with professional experts, experiential and project-driven curriculum, and career coaching services that help students find work within six months of graduation. Nobody tends to the needs of students the way OpenClassrooms does – guiding them toward career success.

Having raised more than $60m last year (led by General Atlantic with Citizen Capital, Alven and Bpifrance), OpenClassrooms has a vision for the future of education and work.​

Why OpenClassrooms?

  • 1. They offer globally scalable programs for our corporate partners

    OpenClassrooms works with dozens of companies including Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce to build programs in the latest technologies that address the employer’s specific needs. Their online distribution platform makes talent sourcing and mentored training programs easy to access and scale across multiple offices, states, and countries.

    2. Their curriculum is relevant to the real world

    They reverse-engineer our curriculum based on the specific skill sets our partners need. Their programs are project based, requiring candidates to complete tasks such as building products and solving issues they would realistically face in their current or future roles. They also work with top-tier academic partners to build original curriculum.

    3. They offer an vocational model for the 21st century

    OpenClassrooms gets new hires job-ready with training programs in the most relevant hard and soft skills. Our globally scalable vocational programs teach to the specific competencies needed on the job for roles in web development, UX design, product management and more. Their programming includes weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions with an experienced professional in each field. They can even source candidates for the partners.

    4. They do the heavy lifting

    OpenClassrooms collaborates with our partners to develop curricula using our project-driven, skills-based training model. And we take care of the details, from course production to program delivery, mentoring (when applicable), assessment and providing a user-friendly progress dashboard for HR.

OpenClassrooms: The future of education
OpenClassRooms

To learn more about OpenClassRooms, visit their website


  • About the award

    The Pan-European Future Unicorn Award aims to highlight innovative SMEs that have the potential to become Europe’s next unicorns. The award is compiled by asking all the national trade associations affiliated with DIGITALEUROPE to nominate a single SME from their country. This results in a truly pan-European selection of incredible digital companies from all sectors.

    The award will be delivered at our flagship event, Masters of Digital, in Brussels on 6 February.

    For more information about the award please contact Yann Finger.

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