Educator-referred companies are:

  • Granted free access to the school portal to which they were invited
  • Granted access to all of the platform's communication and project management tools that can be used for projects with students

Step 1: Sign Up for a Riipen Employer Account

You should have received invitation from the school asking you to work with them on Riipen. This can arrive either as a special link from the university, or as an automated email from Riipen. If you got a special link, click the special link to sign up, and skip straight to Step 2 below.

If you got an email invitation through Riipen, the email should be called Riipen Portal Invite, sent from If you can't find it, check your Spam. 

If you're new to Riipen, you must use the sign-up link provided in the email in order to have access to the school’s content on Riipen! If you already have an existing Riipen account, you can accept the portal invitation in your Requests.

Step 2: Find the School Portal

Once you complete the sign up process, you should be in your new account on On your dashboard, you should see a My Schooltab to the left, under your picture. You can find the schools you've been invited to work with here under this tab.

Step 3: Submit Project Ideas

You can view all courses posted by educators at the school under the Courses tab of the portal.

See one you're interested in? Use the Submit Project button to submit a project proposal to the educator. You can follow up with them using Riipen messaging, to keep all conversation on the platform, or chat externally via email or phone.

If you were invited by an individual instructor wanting to work with you, look for their course in the portal. If you can't find it, ask the instructor for a direct link!

Don't see any you're interested in? You can post a project directly into the school portal for educators to apply to. In the school portal, click New Project. This gives you the freedom to draft up a new project scope. The courses already posted in the portal, and our Template Library (found in the first step of creating any project), can help you generate ideas.

You can submit as many project proposals and independent projects as you'd like! If you're submitting multiple similar projects, you can do this easily using our Duplicate function. We've found that the more active companies are, the more likely they are to find matches!

Step 4: Monitor Your Project Requests

All of your project applications to educators' courses can be found under My Projects. If the project application is currently still under review, it'll be labelled as In Review. If it's approved or declined, you will receive an email notification letting you know.

If educators have applied to your project, you'll receive a request under My Requests on your Riipen account, as well as an email notification.

If you'd like to withdraw a project application you submitted to an educator's course, you can always cancel your request on the project page. Don't forget to let the educator know that you're withdrawing your project and why, to prevent any confusion! 

Making sure My Requests is kept as current as possible ensures your interactions are as relevant as possible and prevents you from getting all the reminder emails! When you know you do or don't want to work with an educator, approve or decline the project. When you know you no longer want to request to work with an educator, simply cancel your request.

Have questions? 

Search for answers in our Help Centre. Click the orange question mark at the bottom right corner of During business hours (9am-5pm Pacific Time), the Riipen team is available to answer your questions in a live chat!

Want to find out what comes next? Read through our step-by-step guides for organizations.