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Reach Capital’s Newest Education Technology Investment Fund Closes at $82 Million

Raising money, Shauntel Garvey admits, is not her favorite activity. It’s usually more fun to be on the other side of the table, reviewing pitches—rather than pitching.On the bright side, that experience “helps you build empathy for entrepreneurs,” says the co-founder and general partner at Reach Capital, and “what it feels like when investors ignore you, when they lead you on.”

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New Markets Venture Partner’s Not-So-New Edtech Fund Finally Closes at $68 Million

When New Markets Venture Partners first began fundraising for its second education technology investment fund, Barack Obama was in office, Brexit for up for debate and iPhones still had headphone jacks.Now, more than two years later, New Markets is finally calling it a wrap. Its latest fund, dubbed “New Markets Education Partners II,” formally and finally closed on April 30, totalling $68 million.

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Where Edtech and Its Investors Miss the Mark

To Impact Investors, Foundations, and Policy Makers,Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler YeatsI wish you knew deep in your bones why it’s so hard for teachers to light that fire for students.

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A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

There is no more powerful lever one can pull to transform a person’s life than to provide access to quality education. But for education entrepreneurs to reach students at scale, they need access to people, systems and capital. The strongest businesses are those where strong educational outcomes are co-linear with strong financial performance. In other words, as the business reaches more students, the company generates higher revenue and more value—financially and with social impact.

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Global Investors Launch New Edtech Funds: Exceed Capital and HighGrade Ventures

The global education technology industry is no stranger to dedicated investment funds, and now there are a couple more names to add to the list.Last week, Yogome, a Mexico-based provider of educational content and games, raised $26.9 million in a Series B round. The dollar amount raised eyebrows, to be sure, but so did the lead investor: Exceed Capital.

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The Newest U.S. Education Technology Venture Fund? Look to Japan

It’s no secret that Asian capital fuels American business. That’s especially true in education technology, where last year EdSurge revealed that Asia-based financiers are increasingly investing in U.S. edtech venture firms as limited partners.

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Sources of Hope for Education Technology in 2018

I find myself without strong enthusiasm for the task of writing a conventional set of predictions about education technology in 2018. The most urgent needs of the most vulnerable children in this nation involve other technologies. Children in Puerto Rico deserve a working electrical grid, children in Flint deserve plumbing that delivers drinkable water, and children in Baltimore deserve schools that are heated in the winter. The 9 million children once protected by CHIP deserve health care.

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Spotting the 2017 Trends That Fuel Edtech Innovation and Investments

We’re pleased to share this year’s Edtech Outlook, a data-rich dive into the state of education technology with case studies into emerging-frontier innovations.

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Owl Ventures’ New $185M Edtech Fund Has Global Backers—and Ambitions

Fueled by an explosion of broadband access, education software and, of course, the irresistible allure of financial returns, investors across the world want a slice of the U.S. edtech industry.Those are a few of the favorable trends that Tory Patterson, a co-founder and managing partner at Owl Ventures, believes has helped his team close a $185 million education investment fund in a “reasonably quick” amount of time.

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying... the ideology of Silicon Valley [into public schools].”

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