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Partial List of Past Attendees


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


The Role for Private Capital

In Bridging the Gap

Between Education & Employment



Private Equity Investing
In Education-Focused Companies



Daniel Pianko
Co-founder & Managing Director
University Ventures


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City




Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP




Goldberg Kohn Ltd.



Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform

Andre Bennin, Strada Education Network

Tonio DeSorrento, Vemo Education Inc.
Judith S. Eaton,Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Kelly Fuller, BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Angela Galardi-Ceresnie, Climb Credit Corp.

Matthew Greenfield, Rethink Education

Jacob Haar, Community Investment Management LLC

John S. Katzman, The Noodle Companies LLC

Jeffery J. Keith, Sterling Partners
William R. Loesch, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Robert Lytle, EY-Parthenon

Tyler C. Newton, Catalyst Investors
John R. Przypyszny, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Darren L. Richman, Kennedy Lewis Investment Management LLC

Chris Ross, EY-Parthenon

Maia Sharpley, Learn Capital LLC
Jonathan D. Tarnow, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Heather Terenzio-McCollester, Techtonic Group Inc.

Troy Williams, University Ventures Fund

Susan H. Wolford, BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

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.

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?


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.



Here Are 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.


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.


Here are some key points that our 21 expert speakers promise to address -- 


  1. How family offices and impact investors are becoming more active in this field

  2. The fastest-growing sectors in the education and human capital markets

  3. The most over-valued and under-valued sectors

  4. How investors are altering their strategies as new models emerge that connect education with employment

  5. How private equity is helping to close America’s skills gap

  6. What education and human capital sub-sectors and business models are appropriate for private capital

  7. The best investment opportunities in professional certification and corporate training

  8. What functions universities are looking to outsource next

  9. What metrics are recognized as accurately measuring student success

  10. How to do due diligence on next-gen student loan providers

  11. How workplace learning is evolving

  12. How corporations’ increased focus on risk management creates new training opportunities

  13. Game-based learning and other new tech with potential to revolutionize education

  14. Opportunities to invest in non-traditional students

  15. Consolidation opportunities in edtech

  16. Whether and what kinds of for-profit schools are attractive again


Register Now to Join Chairman Daniel Pianko

And More Than 20 Other Industry Experts


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 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. 


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 Kristi Paris 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 Tuesday, January 15, 2019.


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 Kristi Paris 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

  • Daniel Pianko, Co-founder & Managing Director, University Ventures


Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Jeanne Allen, President, Center for Education Reform
  • Andre Bennin, Managing Director, Strada Education Network
  • Tonio DeSorrento, Chief Executive Officer, Vemo Education Inc.
  • Judith S. Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Kelly Fuller, Director, BMO Capital Markets Corp
  • Angela Galardi-Ceresnie, Chief Executive Officer, Climb Credit Corp.
  • Matthew Greenfield, Managing Partner, Rethink Education
  • Jacob Haar, Managing Partner, Community Investment Management LLC
  • John S. Katzman, Chief Executive Officer, The Noodle Companies LLC
  • Jeffery J. Keith, Senior Operating Partner, Sterling Partners
  • William R. Loesch, Principal, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
  • Robert Lytle, Managing Dir. & Global Head--Education, EY-Parthenon
  • Tyler C. Newton, Partner, Catalyst Investors
  • John R. Przypyszny, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Darren L. Richman, Managing Partner & Head of Research, Kennedy Lewis Investment Management LLC
  • Chris Ross, Managing Director, EY-Parthenon
  • Maia Sharpley, Partner, Learn Capital LLC
  • Jonathan D. Tarnow, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Heather Terenzio-McCollester, Chief Executive Officer, Techtonic Group Inc.
  • Troy Williams, Managing Director, University Ventures Fund
  • Susan H. Wolford, Group Head--Tech. & Business Services, BMO Capital Markets Corp.

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Networking & Registration & Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions


Conference Chairman’s Introduction --

  • Daniel Pianko, University Ventures

Morning Keynote  --

  • Robert Lytle, EY-Parthenon


Networking & Coffee


First Panel -- 

A Divided Government Once More  --

What It Means for Accreditation & Post-Secondary Investing


Networking & Luncheon


Second Panel --

High Skill Help Wanted --

Last Mile Education Investing


Networking & Dessert


Third Panel --

Solving the Student Debt Crisis --

Opportunities for a New Breed of Private Student Finance Companies



Fourth Panel --

A Nontraditional Way to Invest in Education –

Investing in K-12 & Post-Secondary Outsourcing Companies


Networking & Adjournment



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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 Kristi Paris 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, November 23. Just $1095.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, December 14, 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 Kristi Paris 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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The University Club

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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