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April 10, 2017

Education as a Benefit Startup Wins at 2017 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Guild Education recognized as Top Woman/Minority-Owned Business of the Year

Denver, CO – April 27, 2017 – Denver-based Guild Education, which helps major companies like Chipotle and Public Service Credit Union offer Education as a Benefit to their employees, today was named the 2017 Top Woman/Minority-Owned Business of the Year at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Business Awards, presented by Colorado Business Bank. Recognizing Guild for its entrepreneurship, commitment to innovation, and productivity, this award comes on the heels of Guild Education CEO Rachel Carlson being named a Top Benefits Technology Innovator by Employee Benefits News

Guild is co-founded and led by Rachel Carlson and Brittany Stich, who were both recently named to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for education in 2017. In addition to Carlson and Stich, women lead multiple divisions of the company, including Engineering, Student Services, People, and Operations. Having raised $8.5M in a Series A funding round last year, Guild is one of only a small number of women-led companies to receive a share of (9%) total venture capital funding in 2016. 

“We are honored to be recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as a leader among so many great companies in the thriving Denver business community,” said CEO Rachel Carlson. “Our team at Guild is driven by our deep commitment to helping working adults achieve their educational aspirations and career and life goals. We are thrilled to see this mission, and our company, receive recognition. We congratulate all award finalists and fellow winners who stand with us in making Denver an innovative hub for business.” 

Guild offers employers stackable products: a streamlined and efficient solution to manage corporate tuition reimbursement programs, advising and coaching services for employees as they navigate their educational journey, and access to a national network of nonprofit university partners. Through its innovative Education as a Benefit approach, the company provides a double bottom-line service that provides meaningful business value to employers, while giving employees the opportunity to pursue their educational aspirations. 

The annual Business Awards recognize organizations in the local community that make the Denver region a great place to live and do business. This year’s finalist categories include small business, start- up, green business, small nonprofit, large nonprofit, and minority or woman-owned business of the year. 

For more information on the 2017 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Awards program, visit the website here. 


About Guild Education
Guild Education is bridging the gap between education and employment, helping leading organizations offer Education as a Benefit to their frontline employees. Guild’s education platform allows employers to provide pathways back to school for their employees through tuition assistance programs that drive business goals and affordable education programs that working adults love. Guild’s network of universities and learning providers offer a consortium of classes, programs, and college degrees. To learn more, visit 

Media Contact: Sarah Herring 202.851.3606 [email protected]

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