Early stage fund stems critical gap in education markets.

higher-educationUniversity Ventures, an investment firm focused solely on higher education, announced today an allocation to a $5 million seed portfolio to support early-stage education technologies that address existing and emerging challenges in higher education and workforce development.

Leveraging the firm’s expertise in education, the investments aim to close a growing gap in education markets by helping the most promising solutions reach the market and scale.

“There is no shortage of opportunities to invest in early-stage companies, but many investors unfamiliar with education end up funding new technologies that don’t address the real pain points for institutions, students or employers,” said Ryan Craig, Managing Director of University Ventures. “Our thesis-based approach has provided insight into the kinds of technologies universities need and can adopt, as well as a terrific pipeline of early-stage companies seeking to work with us.”

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