Dobson Cup finalist attracts investment from leading venture capital fund
Many service-oriented businesses suffered during the pandemic, but it was a boon for Paper, an online tutoring company. Led by Philip Cutler (BEd’13) and Roberto Cipriani (BSc’08), the company was a finalist in the 2014 Dobson Cup, an annual start-up competition that fosters entrepreneurship and gives cash awards to the best budding businesses. Today, Paper counts more than 450 staff, and over 2,200 tutors. More than 2 million students use the platform, which attracted US$270 million of financing from SoftBank, a Japanese conglomerate that operates the world’s largest venture capital fund.