Nas Partners With Koru To Mentor College Grads


Adelle Platon | May 30, 2014 - 3:59 pm

2014 has been a big year for Nas. Not only did he celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic in April, a Tribeca Film Festival doc and re-launch his Mass Appeal label, he is now venturing into education.

​The VIBE Impact honoree has partnered up with educational startup Koru to offer students 10 scholarships, worth $2,750 each, in a special program that gives college grads experience in the workplace, CNN reports. Nas will also appear at a training session to offer advice and mentorship.

“I know how hard it can be to carve out your path and purpose in life,” ​said Mr. Jones. “The young people going through Koru are gritty, book smart and street smart. The program gives them an opportunity to put those smarts to work. I can’t wait to work directly with them and share what I’ve learned through my own life experiences​.”

Throughout the four-week program, participants will work on projects within high level firms​. Nas will also be investing in Koru through his own investment company, Queensbridge Venture Partners​. The program is currently based in Seattle but will be launching another in San Francisco.​

Nas is no rookie when it comes to backing start ups. He has supported more than 40 startups, including Rap Genius, Coinbase, Crowdtilt and Prism Skylabs.