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From EdSurge: New Markets’ New Education Fund

By | February 4th, 2016|Mark Grovic, News & Updates|

EdSurge Managing Editor, Tony Wan, recently interviewed Mark Grovic: New Markets Venture Partners is making a return trip to familiar grounds. The Fulton, Md.-based venture firm is close to launching a second fund dedicated to education technology startups. Dubbed “New Markets Education Partners II,” the new fund will support 10 to 15 edtech investments, [...]

Education Technology Pioneer and University Chancellor Join Education Venture Fund

By | January 27th, 2016|News & Updates|

New Markets Venture Partners Announces Former University of Maryland Chancellor, Brit Kirwan and Wireless Generation executive, Josh Reibel as Advisors New Markets Venture Partners, a venture capital fund focused on investing in high impact education companies, today announced that Josh Reibel and Dr. Brit Kirwan will serve as Senior Advisors to their second education fund, New [...]

Understanding EdTech Valuations

By | January 4th, 2016|Mark Grovic, News & Updates|

As the graphic below shows, the number of companies in the Unicorn Club is exploding and this is making us extremely cautious. Udacity joined the Club as the latest EdTech addition in November. Udacity has now raised $169M, most recently at a $1B valuation, on an estimated $24M in revenue. Earlier this year, LinkedIn created [...]

Higher Education Reform: The Three Big Questions

By | December 18th, 2015|Mark Grovic, News & Updates|

In today's world, three critical questions should govern higher education decision-making: Does it improve outcomes? Does it increase access? Does it lower costs? Fittingly enough, I’ve also found after 20 years as an investor in high growth education companies that answers to the same three questions will also predict the likelihood of any edu-venture's success. [...]

Political Climates Can Impact Education Spending

By | November 25th, 2015|Mark Grovic, News & Updates|

In the past, election outcomes—including majority party shifts and new referendums—meant a change in value for markets, industries, and businesses. Education spending is also affected by election results, and we pay close attention to the platforms and policies that could bring changes to the education markets. If the results of the upcoming elections follow the [...]

Catalyst Investors Leads $25 Million Series C Investment in PresenceLearning

By | November 20th, 2015|News & Updates, Portfolio Companies, PresenceLearning|

Ryan McNally joins company’s Board of Directors Growth equity firm Catalyst Investors led the recent $25 million Series C investment in PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavior and mental health services for K-12 students. Existing investors Birchmere Ventures, Blue Heron Capital, Catamount Ventures, and New Markets Venture [...]

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly Joins K2 Intelligence

By | November 10th, 2015|K2 Intelligence, News & Updates, Portfolio Companies|

K2 Intelligence, an industry-leading investigative, compliance and cyber defense services firm founded by Jules B. Kroll and Jeremy M. Kroll announced the appointment of former New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly as Vice Chairman of the firm. “Ray Kelly is a renowned expert in risk management and one of the world’s most [...]

Kroll Bond Rating Agency Announces Recapitalization and New Partnership

By | November 4th, 2015|Kroll Bond Ratings, News & Updates, Portfolio Companies|

From KBRA's press announcement: Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce a new company partnership between the KBRA management team, the Kroll family and a current shareholder and investor, Wharf Street, LLC. The new partnership is effective immediately. This new alliance provides permanent capital for KBRA to continue to grow as a market [...]

Staying Focused on Disruptive Companies with Proven Business Models for Education Technology

By | November 2nd, 2015|Mark Grovic, News & Updates|

Education technology investing continues to evolve as an earlier wave of products that had been developed to address key opportunities to disrupt the industry, such as data driven adaptive and individualized curriculum, blended delivery models, and competency based learning (especially for the “non-traditional” student) approach maturity. While there remains tremendous future opportunity to invest in [...]

Successful Starfish Exit Validates New Markets’ Investment Thesis

By | October 29th, 2015|Elizabeth Chou, News & Updates, Starfish Retention Solutions|

As we reflect upon our investment in Starfish, we are not only incredibly proud of the management team but also gratified that our overall fund investment thesis is beginning to come to fruition.  We have long believed that venture investors can make money in the education space when (1) they partner with companies that provide [...]

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