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Private Equity Investing In Education-Focused Companies

January 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Role for Private Capital
In Bridging the Gap Between
Education & Employment

Private Equity Investing
In Education-Focused Companies

Education 2018 -- The Capital Roundtable

The Role for Private Capital
In Bridging the Gap Between
Education & Employment

Private Equity Investing
In Education-Focused Companies

Education 2018 -- The Capital Roundtable


In this politicized age, it seems like people don’t agree on much to do with education. For instance —

  • 57% of Republicans support charter schools, versus just 36% of Democrats.
  • Only 33% of Republicans think spending on public schools in their district should be increased, versus 58% of Democrats.
  • Just 28% of Republicans believe college is worth the cost, versus 43% of Democrats.

If you’re a private investor, those stats may make you feel nervous. For instance, you may not want to invest in a for-profit college during Donald Trump’s administration, if the next president may be Elizabeth Warren and the rules may change again.

One path forward lies in something everyone can agree on — that the U.S. education system needs to do better at preparing people for joining the workforce.

With little partisan conflict, over two-thirds of respondents to one survey say education — particularly higher education — needs to change since the job markets are being disrupted by technology. And there’s great interest in providing better corporate training, since that market is estimated to grow at a 9.8% compound annual rate to $114 billion by 2022, according to Technavio.

How exactly to insure that students get the skills they need to succeed in the job market is open to debate. Improve how traditional universities measure and reward success? Bolster vocational training? Implement tech to streamline operations for higher education providers? Decrease the financial burden on students? Require life-long learning and personalized learning? Put more focus on career development?

Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us

1. Discuss opportunities for private equity to invest in outsourcing solutions for higher education.

2. Discuss how to partner with corporations, family offices, impact investors, and other groups who are interested in filling the skills gaps.

3. Discuss the regulatory outlook after the midterms.

Chaired by

Daniel Pianko

Co-Founder & Managing Director
University Ventures


Tuesday January, 15 2019

8:00 – 5:00


Midtown, Manhattan


Drinker Biddle
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Marketing Partners

Register now to gain valuable insight as our panelists assess
the outlook for the education sector at The Capital Roundtable’s
all-day conference on Private Equity Investing in Education-Focused
Companies on Tuesday, January 15, in New York City.

The truth is, all of the above are viable paths to generate strong returns, as long as you’re wary about technological and political tripwires. For instance —


    • The traditional higher education system is unlikely to go anywhere soon — particularly colleges that are innovating to improve their career placement rates and cut their costs. For instance, CampusLogic, backed by investors including JMI Equity, has partnered with universities including Purdue and U.C. Davis to improve their financial aid processes.
    • As alternative post-secondary education providers gain ground, many will be seeking private capital to grow. There’s particularly strong customer demand in high-skill areas like nursing that require ongoing professional certification. Leeds Equity Partners’ rollup of companies in the financial certification market with portfolio company CeriFi is one example of this. DW Healthcare Partners’ recent sale of medical education company PRIME Education is another.
    • Despite growing concern over student debt levels, there are still opportunities to invest in student debt providers — but due diligence is changing. University Ventures, for instance, is an investor in academic lender Meritize, which looks beyond traditional credit stores to expand student lending.
Key Points Being Covered
  • Discuss the regulatory outlook after the midterms.
  • How family offices and impact investors are becoming more active in this field
  • The fastest-growing sectors in the education industry
  • The most over-valued and under-valued sectors
  • How investors are altering their education investment strategies as new kinds of companies emerge
  • How private equity is helping with the task of educating people to do more complex jobs
  • What education sub-sectors and business models are appropriate for private capital
  • The best investment opportunities in professional certification and corporate training
  • What functions universities are looking to outsource next
  • What metrics are recognized as accurately measuring student success
  • How to do due diligence on next-gen student loan providers
  • How workplace learning is evolving
  • How corporations’ increased focus on risk management creates new training opportunities
  • Game-based learning and other new tech with potential to revolutionize education
  • Opportunities to invest in non-traditional students
  • Consolidation opportunities in edtech
  • Whether and what kinds of for-profit schools are attractive again
Chairperson Info

Daniel Pianko is co-founder and managing director at University Ventures, a middle-market private equity firm that is creating new pathways from education to employment. Its portfolio companies are making higher education more affordable, pioneering new approaches to learning, and helping employers think differently about how and where they discover talent.

Daniel began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, where he became intrigued by the potential of leveraging private capital to establish the next generation of socially beneficial education companies. After Goldman, he invested in, founded, advised, or managed a number of education-related businesses. He established a student loan fund, served as chief of staff for the public/private investments in the Philadelphia School District, and worked as a hedge fund analyst.

At UV, Daniel leads the firm’s investments in the pioneering Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, University of Nicosia/St. George’s University of London Medical School, Vemo Education, Qubed Education, Examity and Galvanize. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Board of Trustees of Harlem Village Academies. He graduated from Columbia University, and holds MBA and MA degrees in education from Stanford University.

Recent PE Deals

Recent Transactions in the Education & Training Sector 

  • TPG’s Rise Fund agreed to invest $130 million in DreamBox Learning, the developer of a digital math platform used in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Sterling Partners’ Education Opportunity Fund sold to ACT The National Research Center for College & University Admissions, an educational research organization that links high school students to their “best-fit” college.
  • NCK Capital acquired Tricoci University, a Midwestern provider of cosmetology and barbering education.
  • DW Healthcare Partners sold PRIME Education, a Fort Lauderdale based medical education company, to a strategic buyer.
  • Francisco Partners agreed to acquire pre-K-12 learning analytics company Renaissance from Hellman & Friedman and its other stockholders.
  • Partners Group-backed KinderCare Education acquired Rainbow Child Care Center, a Troy, Michigan-based child care provider.
  • The Riverside Company agreed to sell Alchemy Systems, a provider of employee training for the food and retail sectors, to Intertek for $480 million.
  • CIP Capital sold online education provider Oncourse Learning to Bertelsmann.
  • CIP Capital invested in Carnegie Learning, a provider of innovative, research-proven math products and services, and merged it with New Mountain Learning, a provider of literacy, language. and digital competency skills.
  • CeriFi, a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company, bought Pass Perfect, a provider of FINRA license exam training.
Who We Are

This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all-designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about education companies. You’ll gain valuable insights from —

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from education company investors
  • Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
  • War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands

Chaired by
  • Daniel Pianko, Co-founder & Managing Director, University Ventures
Hosted by
  • Burt AlimanskyChairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable
  • Tonio DeSorrento, Chief Executive Officer, Vemo Education Inc.
  • Judith S. Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Angela Galardi-Ceresnie, Chief Executive Officer, Climb Credit Corp.
  • William R. Loesch, Principal, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
  • Robert Lytle, Managing Dir. & Global Head–Education, EY-Parthenon
  • John R. Przypyszny, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Jonathan D. Tarnow, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Heather Terenzio-McCollester, Chief Executive Officer, Techtonic Group Inc.
7:30am – 8:30am

Networking & Registration & Breakfast

8:30am – 9:15am

Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions

9:15am – 9:45am

Conference Chairman’s Introduction —
Daniel Pianko, University Ventures

9:45am – 10:30am

Morning Keynote —

10:30am – 11:15am

Networking & Coffee

11:15am – 12:15pm

First Panel —
A Divided Government Once More —
What It Means for Accreditation & Post-Secondary Investing

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Networking & Luncheon

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Second Panel —
High Skill Help Wanted —
Last Mile Education Investing

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Networking & Dessert

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Third Panel —
Solving the Student Debt Crisis —
Opportunities for a New Breed of Private Student Finance Companies

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Fourth Panel —
A Nontraditional Way to Invest in Education –
Investing in K-12 & Post-Secondary Outsourcing Companies


Networking & Adjournment

Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Kristi Paris today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or

Please note that Capital Roundtable limits the number of registrants from a single firm to three.

Best Rate – Early Registration

Save $400 off the standard fee of $1,495 when you register by Friday, November 23. Just $1,095.

Incentive Registration

Save $200 of the standard fee! Register by Friday, December 14, and the fee for the conference is $1,295.

Conference Rate

$1,495 increasing to $1,595 day of conference, space permitting.

Group Rate

$995 each, when you register two or more people to attend from the same company.

You can pay by credit card (using the links above or below) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: New York Business Roundtable Inc., 747 Third Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10017.

Can’t attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handounts.

This event is sponsored by:

Marquee Sponsors:

Drinker Biddle
EY Parthenon Logo

Contributing Sponsor:

Data Partners:

Marketing Partner:

Amerigo Education
Arcady Bay Partners
Ashworth College
Axial Networks
Azure Creek Capital
Bain Capital
Bookhead Ed Learning
Bridges Fund Mgmt.
BSG Team Ventures
Cain Brothers & Co.
Carl Marks Advisors
China Hi-Tech Group
CIP Capital
College of Health Care Professions
Crestline Investors
Cushman & Wakefield
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Duane Morris
EagleTree Capital
EdNexus Advisors
Enova Decisions
Enterprise Ireland
Epic Partners
Erda Capital

Exceed Capital
FF Ventures
Flinn Scientific
Frontline Education
GEMS Education
Gladstone Companies
GLBL ED, S.A. de C.V.
Goldberg Kohn
Guild Education
Halladay Education
Heidrick & Struggles
Insight Venture
Institute of Culinary Education
Intersected Advisors
Investcorp Intl.
KIPP Foundation
Language Stars
Laureate Education
Learn Capital
LLR Partners
Magnolia Capital
McGraw-Hill Education
McKinsey & Company
MHT Partners

Millpond Equity
Morgan Stanley & Co.
National Center for Faculty Development
NCK Capital
Northeastern Univ.
O’Donnell Learn
Parchman Vaughan
Penn Foster
Prairie Capital
ProBility Media Corp.
Quad-C Management
Renovus Capital
SJF Ventures
Solamere Capital
Sollers College
Sprout Health Group
Sterling Partners
Strada Education Network
Symposium Ventures
Tethys Invest
Tyton Partners
TZP Group
Universal Technical Institute
University Ventures
WorldBridge Partners
VisitDays Corp.
Weld North
Whiteboard Advisors
William Blair


January 15, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact Us

747 Third Avenue | Suite 200 | New York City | 10017