What Investors See in a ‘Highly Fragmented and Under-Teched’ Early Childhood Education Market

With widespread lockdowns and closures last year, the critical role that schools and child care centers play in supporting children may never have been clearer. As it turns out, society is not as productive when working parents don’t have child care. That fact is not lost on investors who foresee greater demand for early-education programs … Read more

Longtime Edtech Investor Reach Capital Raises $165M for Third Fund

Investments in U.S. education technology startups reached a record $2.2 billion in 2020. Across the globe, that figure surpassed $16 billion, marking a 32-fold increase from 2010. Few investors have watched, and fueled, the growth of the edtech industry as closely and consistently as Reach Capital, one of a handful of venture firms that has … Read more

Public Edtech Companies Have Been Rare. These SPACs Will Change That.

Publicly traded education technology companies are rare. Soon, there will be one fewer after tech training provider Pluralsight gets taken private later this year. That leaves 2U, Chegg and Stride (formerly known as K12 Inc.) as the remaining trio of prominent edtech companies on the U.S. public market. But this contraction may not last long, … Read more

Pandemic Spurs Changes in the Edtech Schools Use, From the Classroom to the Admin Office

Top reported teachers’ apps have adapted to meet pandemic purposes. Home may be the new classroom, but instructional approaches are slower to change. And if you think the college IT department seems a bit stressed out … well, yeah. All in this Edtech Reports Recap. Changing App-etites How a pandemic can change things. Market data … Read more

Jeff Bezos Wants to Go to the Moon. Then, Public Education.

Jeff Bezos’ $2 billion investment to establish a Montessori-inspired network of preschools may be shrugged off by many as the world’s richest man dabbling in another playground. Instead, we should see it for what it is: the early days of Amazon’s foray into public education. Bezos, more than any other tech entrepreneur, is known to … Read more

A Record Year Amid a Pandemic: US Edtech Raises $2.2 Billion in 2020

A most disruptive year to schools and society proved lucrative for the education industry, particularly for those raising private capital. In 2020, U.S. education technology startups raised over $2.2 billion in venture and private equity capital across 130 deals, according to the EdSurge edtech funding database. That’s a nearly 30 percent increase from the $1.7 … Read more

Crises and Capital: The Top Edtech Business Stories of 2020

“Never let a good crisis go to waste,” so the saying goes. The education industry didn’t. In fact, many capitalized on it in 2020. School closures have forced people to not only rely more on digital tools in the short term, but also reimagine what education can be once it’s safe to return. If anything, … Read more