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Choose the right program. Get in. Fulfill your potential.
Jacob Bacon
New York, New York
United States
6 Team Members

The GradTrain story: why make your own mistakes when you can learn from others?

We are five friends from five different countries, who went through the journey of studying in another country. Studying abroad changed our lives. Not only did it help kick off our careers, but it is now also an undeniable part of our identity. We want other people to be able to do the same.

For years we have been approached by friends, friends of friends, and even people loosely connected (or not) to our network. They sought advice on how to find and get into graduate school abroad. We have also heard many stories of people who missed their opportunity to obtain a graduate degree abroad. We ourselves witnessed the challenges of finding information and choosing programs abroad, and decided to create a solution. We decided to be the solution. That is what GradTrain is all about.

GradTrain is the first international web platform designed for people who want to attend graduate school abroad. GradTrain provides guidance from people who are what you want to be in a few years. People who understand your background, language and culture, and really care about your success.

GradTrain revolutionizes the international application process

To find out what people need, we ran a survey among hundreds of current and past international graduate students from more than 50 countries. Based on this survey, we are building an online platform that will:

  • Connect prospective students with coaches who share a similar background to theirs, who have been through the process and can guide them to fulfill their potential.
  • Provide sophisticated algorithm-based decision making tools that will help people make decisions based on data, and not on gut feelings.
  • Revolutionize international education, by minimizing information gaps, and allowing all students to fulfill their potential.

Deployment Plan

  • GradTrain is currently running a private beta for hand-selected coaches (under 100 coaches from diverse fields and nationalities).
  • Throughout September we will open up the platform to a broader audience of coaches, who we will be vetted and certified (interested coaches can register at: www.gradtrain.com).
  • In October, the peak of the university application season, we will open the platform for applicants to book coaching sessions.
  • Following that, we will launch algorithm-based decision-making tools that we have lined up, such as an acceptance-predictor and an application scheduler.

Why contribute to GradTrain on this page?

1. I am a past, present, or future international student (or a parent of one). I want GradTrain to happen so I can be a coach or use the service myself. 

2.I'm not an international student but I want to help one. This page makes it so easy to help!

3. I really care about global education. I want to put my money where my mouth is. 

4. GradTrain is the next big thing. I sense it, and I want to be able to say that I gave the seed money for it. 

5. I love the idea of social impact startups. Companies that care about their social impact and not only about their bank account is a refreshing concept I want to encourage.

6. I believe through international study we bring talent into this country, and GradTrain is a great way to enable talent get here.

7. I was deeply impressed by the idea and your hard work, and want to help you fulfill this dream. 

What we need and what we will do with your contribution

If we meet our goal, with your generous help, we will be able to:

  • Enhance our prediction algorithms for school acceptance and cover more fields of study
  • Fund the GradTrain scholarship program for students who cannot afford the full cost of studying abroad

Our perks are designed to make you a part of this initiative and to connect you with the stories of real students. Your support will allow us to help students in their journey for international education!

If we exceed our goal, we will be able to do a lot more and provide tailored guidance for additional fields of study and additional geographies around the globe, as well as provide additional scholarships for students at need. We will also be able to build more specialized tools to meet the needs of international students.

The Social Impact

Our goal is to transform the field of international education. We believe that enabling more people to study abroad is the key to solving many global challenges. There are too many barriers in the face of a person who wants to study abroad, and GradTrain will remove many of them and make the process much less of a guessing game.

Studying abroad opens people’s minds and exposes them to new cultures. Being a foreigner is a humbling experience that makes people understand more about minorities in their own country. If we can empower more people to fulfill their goal of studying abroad, the world will be a better place with more acceptance of differences and better understanding of others across the globe. It will enable a cross-pollination of ideas and innovation that will be better distributed worldwide. 

GradTrain is a social impact for-profit venture, and we will measure our success not only by the company’s bottom line, but also by the social impact we are able to achieve. Our services will be affordable and we will dedicate a portion of our earnings to scholarships for students at need.

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't contribute you can still help!

  • Get the word out and make some noise about our campaign. Go to www.gradtrain.com and share the GradTrain love!
  • Share the Indiegogo campaign using the link at the top of this page (below the video)! Here it is again just in case: http://igg.me/at/gradtrain 
  • Share the campaign offline via our QR code. Print it out, add your personal endorsement and hang it up - at your University, in your building, in the subway - anywhere you go!

Contribute to our campaign and share it with your networks - you will have our eternal gratitude for making this happen and helping ambitious and intelligent people from across the globe fulfill their dreams and aspirations through studying abroad. 

Together - we can make a real positive impact for generations to come!

Truly yours,

The GradTrain team


We would not have been able to launch this campaign without the help of dear and important friends who helped us with sharing their own personal stories, helped us fine-tune the message, and supported us along the way. Special thanks to Moshe Laniado Peleg, Hadas Ben Sasson, Jette Lundgren, Menachem Katz, Klara Stefflova, Natalia Urrea, Sarvenaz Bakhtiar, Claire Chen, Gillian Albert, Mei-Tal Nadler, Ophir Bar Zohar, Sanjeev K. Mahto, Ayanna Samuels, Luo Jing, Akiva Miller, Alana Shultz, Brian Batts, Noa Reindel, Hagit Stauber, Tzvika Avnery, Ori Harel, Katie Klein, Christian Fink, Osnat Stimatzky, Larry Price, Barak Bard, Tom Dow, Assaf B. Spanier, Yossi Goldman, Ilana Nesher, Arik Marmorstein, Amir Hirshfeld, and Chris Wong. We would not be able to get to this point without you, and appreciate your continued support very much!

GradTrain in the media:

Forbes: New website gradtrain helps international graduate students

Black Tie International Magazine: Startup aims to revolutionize university application process globally

Jerusalem Post: Hop on the GradTrain, next stop a far-off campus

Alex's Tech Thoughts: GradTrain 

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  • $1USD
    Be the first to know!

    Stay in the loop on how GradTrain develops! Get updates on this campaign, GradTrain's upcoming launch and product development, GradTrain private events and parties we hold across the world for GradTrain friends!

    8 out of 100000 claimed
  • $7USD
    Thank you!

    We will send you an e-thank you from the GradTrain team for helping make our dream a reality, and promoting a more educated world!

    9 out of 200000 claimed
  • $10USD
    Application "cheat sheet"

    Applying to graduate school abroad? Get ahead of everyone else! We will send you a "cheat sheet" with exclusive tips and ideas on how to enhance your application and improve your chances of success.

    4 out of 20000 claimed
  • $15USD
    Acceptance Predictor + Big THX

    Get access to the GradTrain Acceptance Predictor, which will help you choose the right graduate programs - and save a lot of money! We will also send you a big e-thank you for helping us make GradTrain happen!

    9 out of 100000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $25USD
    Really big thank you!

    We will send you a really big e-thank you for making GradTrain happen and promoting a more educated world.

    8 out of 200000 claimed
  • $30USD
    Coaching + cheat sheet

    Want to study abroad? You will get $30 worth of credits to use for one-on-one coaching sessions on the GradTrain website (starting October 2013). As a bonus, we will send you the grad school application "cheat sheet" with exclusive tips and ideas on how to enhance your application and improve your chances of success.

    5 out of 500 claimed

    Homemade Tahini Cookies

    If you are in NYC or in Israel, you will receive a small package of homemade Tahini Cookies baked by the GradTrain founders as a sweet thank you!

    5 out of 5 claimed
  • $40USD
    Tahini Cookies / Hummus

    *Added due to popular demand* - If you are in NYC or in Israel, our founders will bake for you a small package of homemade Tahini Cookies as a sweet thank you! You can choose to receive instead a batch of home-made hummus (yum!). The best part of having an Israeli on the founding team!!

    3 out of 10 claimed
  • $50USD
    Be a founder

    We will add you to the founders wall on the GradTrain website. The wall will remain there for years to come. You will make your mark as one of the key people who made history happen!

    41 out of 1000 claimed
  • $100USD
    Founders coaching sessions

    Receive a 1-hour online coaching session from one of our founders on a topic of your choice related to our background (Engineering, Law. Social Sciences, Computer Science, Finding a job in the US).

    2 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $175USD
    Dinner with the founders

    Vegetarian dinner for 2 with GradTrain founders Lital and Jacob in NYC. We will cook for you at our place and tell you about how we created GradTrain.

    2 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Be part of a student's journey

    We will send you live updates about how your contribution helped one specific student get into graduate school abroad, complete their studies successfully and achieve a successful career.

    0 out of 100 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Be a GradTrain Patron

    You are a generous soul who really cares about international education. You will make a real difference with this contribution. We will feature you in our blog and on our website (if you wish to go public about your contribution).

    5 out of 50 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    All inclusive coaching

    Want to study abroad in one of our founders' fields (Engineering, Law, Computer Science, Social Sciences)? We will give you all inclusive coaching until you complete your application process in 2013.

    0 out of 4 claimed
  • $15,000USD
    Name a Scholarship

    We are looking to name our scholarship program after a person who values global education as much as we do. Our scholarship program will carry the name of that person, and will be publicized on our website, blog and at the scholarship granting ceremony.

    0 out of 2 claimed
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