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Partial List of
Past Attendees

ACON Investments Advance Publications Advisory Board Co.
Alchemy Global
Aliat Universidades All Star Directories
Almich & Associates Ancora Education
Arcady Bay Partners
Ashworth College
Azure Creek Capital
Becker Media
Bederman Capital
Bennett Day School
Bentley Associates
BMO Capital Markets

BSG Team Ventures
Certica Solutions
Charter Oak Equity
Clear Landing Capital
Cobbs Allen
Contemporary Forums
Cressey & Co.
Crestline Investors .
Curriculum Associates
Cushman & Wakefield
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Duane Morris
Eden Capital
EdNexus Advisors
Ellucian Co.
Enova Decisions
Evolution Capital
Foxhill Capital Partners
GEMS Education
Gold Star Foods
Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
GRO Capital
Harber Advisors
Heavy Equipment USA
Heidrick & Struggles
Kendall Hunt
Lazard Middle Market
LePort Montessori
Magnolia Capital
McClintock & Assoc.
McGraw-Hill Education
McKinsey & Company
Meteor Learning
MHT Partners
MVP Capital Partners
National Heritage
Neutron Interactive
New Harbor Capital
New Meridian
Oliver Wyman
Palm Ventures
Pamlico Capital
Parchman Vaughan
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Proskauer Rose
Quad Partners
Reilly Associates
Renovus Capital
Rising Tide Asia
Riverside Company
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Royal Media Group
Smart Tuition
Social Assurity
Sperry Mitchell & Co.
Sterling Partners
Stifel Invest. Banking
Strada Ed Network
Symposium Ventures
TZP Group



Scouring the Education Industry

For Niches Underserved by Investors


Private Equity Investing
In Education-Focused Companies



Atif U. Gilani

Founding Partner

Renovus Capital Partners


Thursday, January 25, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City




Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Parthenon-EY, Ernst & Young LLP



Goldberg Kohn Ltd.



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Private equity interest in education-focused companies is steaming hot -- in the first half of 2017 alone, $7.7 billion of deals got closed.


It’s easy to see why -- the education market is immense, and it’s going through unprecedented disruption. For example, technology is upending both the skills and the tools necessary for teaching.


Even firms as big as Blackstone and CVC have been moving to capitalize with major acquisitions like Ascend Learning and QA.


But the landscape of the education industry is littered with cautionary tales of investments gone sour -- most recently, for example, you can put coding camps in this category.


And with valuations as high as they are, the consequences of a misstep can be dire -- especially since roll-ups that investors were using to justify paying steep prices often haven’t worked very well for education deals.


Register now to attend The Capital Roundtable’s

“Scouring the Education Industry for Niches Underserved by Investors,”

on Thursday, January 25, for an in-depth discussion of what metrics you should use when judging potential deal targets, what sectors to be less (or more) cautious about, and which off-the-beaten-path areas to monitor for deals.


Click here to receive our best rate-- a savings of $400 on our regular conference rates!


One reason is that education isn’t really a singular industry so much as it’s an aggregate of many mini-industries, each exposed in its own particular way to macro-economic and demographic trends, not to mention unpredictable regulation and government funding.


Come hear from experienced investors about which trends they’re watching, which mini-industries they find most intriguing (like pre-K, K-12, post-secondary, and corporate training), and which segments they’ll tell you are too crowded and they wouldn’t touch with a proverbial ten-foot-pole, like ed-tech or  K-12 services.


There’s no question that the education industry is going through immense disruption --


  • Schools targeting all age levels of students are rethinking how they’re teaching.  And they’re moving away from one-size-fits-all approaches to personalized learning, like Winona Capital’s Fusion Academy.


  • Corporations are engaging in massive efforts to retrain workers as new technologies render many jobs obsolete. Corporate ed-tech spending has grown by double digits in recent years. In just one example, AT&T has invested $250 million since 2013 to transition line employees to data science jobs.


  • The public markets have also been shaken up –
    • Some existing big publicly traded companies are finding it easier to address their challenges by going private, like Baring Private Equity and Citic Capital talking about acquiring Pearson’s English-language school.
    • Companies with new models, like Instructure, are testing out how big the public’s appetite is for ed-tech investments.


With so much disruption comes plenty of opportunity -- but to best put dollars to work, many investors say they must first understand --

  • How macro-economic trends can affect an acquisition. Education companies in different sub-sectors react differently to the economic cycle – corporate job retraining programs, for instance, may be the first thing to go in a recession, while for-profit online schools may do better in a downturn.
  •  The demographic trends in the particular areas the company serves. Investors may want to think twice about investing in the Northeast, where school-age populations are growing more slowly, for example.


  •  How dependent a company is on ever-shifting regulation and funding sources, at both the federal and the state levels. In the case of autism services for instance, investors must consider how secure public funding sources are.


  •  What a given company’s “return on education investment” is, i.e., what outcomes do its students achieve? In this sector, so heavily driven by reputation, that’s an even more important yardstick than ROI. In fact, a growing trend in this sector is impact investors who are focused solely on ROEI, like New Schools Venture Fund, a nonprofit founded by John Doerr, Brook Byers, and Kim Smith.



Here are some of the topics that our 20 expert speakers promise to spotlight --

  • How large amounts of student debt pose a risk to some investments
  • How experienced investors make sense of the multiple underlying drivers in this very fragmented industry
  • What types of businesses to invest in at this point in the economic cycle
  • How the Trump administration is impacting education dealmaking
  • How public/private partnerships can help mitigate regulatory risk
  • Whether and what kind of for-profit schools are attractive again
  • What does and doesn’t work when investing in tech training
  • What kinds of online training investments are working these days
  • How changing U.S. demographics are altering the regional calculus of education investments
  • Which types of service provider investments are the most tempting
  • How states are innovating as they gain more control over education and the risk and opportunity for private equity
  • Where states need help in implementing new systems and technologies
  • How automation is changing American jobs and job training needs
  • How private equity is helping with the task of educating people to do more complex jobs

Here Are Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Hear why consolidation plays and roll-ups aren’t always successful in education.
  2. Hear which fads experienced investors are avoiding, and how they hunt for value in fields that have fallen into disfavor.
  3. Learn how to apply the idea of “return on education investment” to evaluating potential deals, no matter their sub-sector.


Register Now to Join Atif Gilani

And 20 Other Industry Experts


We welcome Atif Gilani as chairman for our conference. He‘s a founding partner of Renovus Capital Partners, an education and training-focused private equity firm founded in 2010 near Philadelphia.


Atif is involved in managing his firm’s investment activities in a wide range of education and training companies such as career colleges, training companies, professional development, educational technology, and outsourced service providers. His firm is currently invested in over twenty profitable and growing enterprises where the Renovus team is seeking to create value through acquisitions, new strategic initiatives, and operational improvements. 


Atif is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, where he earned a degree in business from the Wharton School and a degree in engineering from the university's School of Engineering & Applied Science.


Register Now to Hear How 20 Leading Education Investors

Source Deals, Find Talent, & Drive Revenues


This conference brings you exclusive panel discussions and conversations and keynotes featuring a who's who of PE dealmakers.


You'll hear how they’re --

  • evaluating winners and losers as state and federal regulations and budgets shift
  • thinking about the post-secondary sector these days
  • evaluating the relative merits of investing directly in schools versus providers of services to schools


Three More Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Debate why roll-ups are more difficult in the education industry, and in what subsectors they can succeed.

  2. Discuss how public market exit opportunities are shifting as companies go private to fix their business models and companies in the emerging education technology sector test the waters.

  3. Understand opportunities related to retraining blue-collar workers to succeed in a new, more technology-driven economy.



Click here to receive our best rate -- a savings of $400 on our regular conference rates!


This Capital Roundtable conference is the ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners and clients

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Sarah Burd today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


 Who Should Attend


Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, BDC, and Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, & Other Advisors Who Support Them.




We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, January 25, 2018.


Conference Organizers


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community.  For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 25 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking, marketing, and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Kellie Green or Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email at or




Have a Question?


Please contact Sarah Burd at or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




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

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Chaired By

  • Atif Gilani, Founding Partner, Renovus Capital Partners


Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


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


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


  • Best Rate -- Early Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1495 when you register by Friday, December 1. Just $1095.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, December 22, and the fee for the conference is $1295.


  • 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.


Register Now


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

Have a special question? Please contact Sarah Burd at or 212-832-7300 ext 0.


From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

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  •  Midtown, NYC

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.117, or by email at


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