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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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2015 Trends In Education Technology Ventures

By | October 16th, 2015|News & Updates, Robb Doub|

2015 Showing Significant Investment Trends In Education Technology Ventures At the completion of the first half of 2015, we began reviewing and digesting the published data on education venture investment activity and the education M&A market. The data for Edtech venture investment continue to show a positive trend with edSurge reporting that $1.1 billion was [...]

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Graduation Alliance Appoints Ron Klausner as CEO

By | October 12th, 2015|Graduation Alliance, News & Updates, Portfolio Companies|

Graduation Alliance, leaders in alternative education, postsecondary and career planning, announces the appointment of industry executive Ron Klausner as chief executive officer. In this role, Klausner will spearhead Graduation Alliance’s continued growth, partnering with states and school districts nationwide to implement dropout recovery solutions as well as postsecondary exploration and career planning technologies. Klausner joins [...]

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Warburg Pincus Leads an Investment of Up to $60 Million in Higher Education Data Pioneer

By | September 29th, 2015|Civitas, News & Updates, Portfolio Companies, Uncategorized|

Growth investment will fuel product development and acquisition as Civitas Learning builds out the first comprehensive, education analytics system. Civitas Learning® (“the company”) today announced that Warburg Pincus is leading an investment of up to $60 million in the company. Civitas Learning has pioneered the use of data science and design thinking to support higher [...]