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We’re on a mission to empower international students

Unlocking potential and creating unlimited opportunity

We believe in the power of education, networking and mentorship, data and technology. We aim to empower students to unlock their full potential and reap unlimited opportunities in their careers and beyond.

Interstride was inspired by firsthand experience.

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It all started when Co-Founders, Christian Eder and Nitin Agrawal moved to the United States to pursue their higher education.
Christian grew up in Vienna, Austria. He left his home country to study at the University of Southern California (USC). After graduating with a B.S. degree from USC, he went on to complete his MBA from the UC Berkeley. He began his professional career at internationally renowned KPMG. He then worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Wells Fargo Securities. After banking, as a CFO, Christian went on to lead the finance team at Pillow Homes, a company that was later acquired by the Expedia Group.
Like Christian, Nitin came to the U.S. as an international student. He graduated from the University of Miami in Florida with a BBA and earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He’s since worked for a number of financial institutions and technology companies, including the Corporate Banking division of Citigroup, Norwegian investment fund Aker AS, and the Digital Business department of the Western Union Company.
Christian and Nitin formed a close friendship during the course of the graduate program at UC Berkeley.
From career to immigration, like most international students, both of them had to overcome many obstacles in their student journey. A determination to alleviate some of these difficulties and hurdles for other international students led to the idea of Interstride over a dinner with Berkeley friends in 2017.
Together, they started the Interstride journey by supporting San Francisco Bay area international students through webinars, workshops, and a texting hotline. After identifying an obvious need for better data, information, and technology, they decided to start this education technology company.

How it all started

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Initial idea conceived to solve challenges for international students over a group dinner with friends.
Nitin and Christian decide to offer workshops to international students at Berkeley and Stanford to share their experiences and challenges.
Texting hotline introduced for San Francisco Bay area international students to ask questions, share concerns, and seek advice from Nitin and Christian.
iOS and Android application introduced after consultation with several career services departments at Universities and colleges in SF Bay area.
Interstride partners with 20 universities. Cloud-based web application portal introduced after the success of mobile applications.
Interstride partners with over 50 universities. Over 20K international students are now on the platform.
Interstride partners with over 50 universities. Over 20K international students are now on the platform.
A completely rebranded portal with a host of new features and functionalities for international students and underrepresented student population to be launched in Fall 2020.
Initial idea conceived.
Oct 2016
Interstride workshops introduced
Jan 2017
Texting hotline introduced
Mar 2017
Mobile apps launched
July 2017
Early partnerships
Sep 2018
Milestone for Interstride
Mar 2019
New features introduced
2020
Interstride 2.0 Launch announced
2020
130+
University Partners
4 years
in Operation
60K
Active Users
95%
Renewal Rate
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Helping universities empower their students
We believe in partnership and collaboration with universities to best serve our joint mission. That’s why we have created a simple cloud-based platform to bridge the gap between international students, information, and tools for success.
Supporting students on their international journey
From language and culture to international job searches and immigration, international students face a host of challenges during their educational journey in a new country. Interstride solves these challenges through user-friendly applications, workshops, engaging content, and more.
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What we stand for

Knowledge

We believe in the power of education. With the right information and tools everyone has equal opportunity.

Technology

We believe in the power of technology. With technology on your side, there’s nothing you can’t do.

Support

We believe in supporting others. With the right support and foundations, everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Transparency

We believe in transparency. With honesty comes great understanding and endless opportunity.

Simplicity

We believe in keeping things simple. We want to make the international education journey as simple as possible.