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September 30, 2022

Top 10 Education VC Investors

Maximilian Fleitmann
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Education venture capital investors provide funding to private companies, with the goal of increasing student success. These VCs invest in businesses that make learning easier, more effective, and more engaging for students.

NameHQSectorStageTicket SizeFund Size
Rethink Capital PartnersWhite PlainsImpactSeed, Series A, Series B - $15.7M
Owl VenturesCalifornia, United StatesEducation, Software, SaaS, InternetSeed, Series A - $9M
Learn CapitalCalifornia, United StatesEnterprise, Mobile, Government and Military, Marketplaces, Financial Services, ImpactSeries A, Series B, Growth, Seed - $106M
Runa CapitalCalifornia, United StatesFinancial Services, B2B, SaaS, Software, Enterprise- - $250K
Reach CapitalCalifornia, United StatesEducation, Software, ImpactSeed, Series A, Series B - $300M
EducapitalParis, FranceEducation- - €145M
Bonsal CapitalBaltimore, United StatesEducation, Workforce Technology- - -
Emerge EducationLondon, England, United KingdomEducationPre-Seed, Seed - $100K
FloodgateCalifornia, United StatesSoftware, Internet, EnterpriseSeed, Series A, Series B, Growth$1M - $10M$401.3M
Precursor VenturesCalifornia, United StatesAI, Mobile, E-Commerce, SaaS, Marketplaces, Underrepresented, Fintech, Internet, Software, ConsumerSeed$100K - $300K$46.2M

Top 10 Education Venture Capital Firms

1. Rethink Capital Partners

Rethink Capital Partners-VC-Education

Rethink Capital Partners is an umbrella platform that facilitates the development of a suite of impact investment vehicles, which focus on financial and social returns including gender equity, education, health, environmental sustainability, economic empowerment, and community development.

Rethink Capital Partners is headquartered in White Plains,New York.

Website: www.rethink.vc

Founded: 2012

Total fund size: $15.7M

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B

Sector: Impact

2. Owl Ventures

Owl Ventures-VC-Education

Owl Ventures was founded by Andrew Birt and Julian Righetti to help new device manufacturers leverage their experience across product development, commercialisation, manufacturing, distribution and business development.

They work on a project basis or partner with hardware startups if they believe there is a good fit and it makes sense toco-found, or co-invest.

Website: www.owlventures.com

Founded: 2014

Total fund size: $9M.

Stage: Seed, Series A

Sector: Education, Software, SaaS, Internet

Investment Geography: United States

3. Learn Capital

Learn Capital-VC-Education

LearnCapital is a venture capital firm focused exclusively on funding entrepreneurs with a vision for better and smarter learning. They believe that the future is shaped by the way we teach and learn in the present, and that we’re in the middle of one of the great revolutions in the history of education. New technology platforms, applications, andservices are not only amplifying and augmenting classroom learning, but creating a world in which any Internet-enabled device can become a classroom on demand.

Website: www.learncapital.com

Founded: 2008

Total fund size: $106M

Stage: Series A, Series B, Growth, Seed

Sector: Enterprise, Mobile, Government and Military, Marketplaces, Financial Services, Impact

Learn Capital's most notable exits include Edmodo, Nerdy, and General Assembly.

4. Runa Capital

Runa Capital-VC-Education

Runa Capital is a technology-focused venture capital firm managing two funds – Runa I was launched with $135M in 2010 and has made 33 investments, Runa II of $135M was launched in 2014 and has made 30 investmerns and Runa III was started in 2019 and is in active investment stage right now.

The fund was established to seek early stage opportunities in the rapidly growing tech sector, with the specific focus on cloud business applications, complex software (middleware, machine intelligence, etc), fintech, edutech and digital healthcare. Runa brings a team with extensive operational experience and is focused on finding growth businesses that generate revenues, supporting them in the global marketplace and turning them into international champions.

Founded by Serg Bell, Ilya Zubarev (founders of Parallels and Acronis) and Dmitry Chikhachev (Ericsson, Ritzio, Uvenco) Runa Capital is run by a team of successful entrepreneurs, most of whom have worked together for over 15 years.

It is a united team with broad geographical and cross-industry experience, as well as an extensive professional network. Runa Capital investment team members possess an excellent track record in tech investments.

Website: www.runacap.com

Founded: 2010

Total fund size: $250K

Sector: Financial Services, B2B, SaaS, Software, Enterprise

Investment Geography: United States, Bay Area (US)

Runa Capital's most notable exits include NGINX, Acumatica, and DrChrono.

5. Reach Capital

Reach Capital-VC-Education

Reach supports entrepreneurs that develops technology solutions for challenges across early childhood, K-12, higher education, and workforce reskilling and upskilling. They invest in early-stage tech tools, applications, content, and services to improve educational opportunities for all learners. The Fund also acts as a catalyst, inspiring and enabling traditional and non-traditional investors to provide capital to the fast-growing ed-tech market.

Website: www.reachcapital.com

Founded: 2015

Total fund size: $300M

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B

Sector: Education, Software, Impact

Investment Geography: United States, Europe

Reach Capital's most notable exits include Nearpod, Epic, and Nepris.

6. Educapital

Educapital-VC-Education

Educapital are entrepreneurs in venture capital. Educapital combine strong financial and entrepreneurship backgrounds. Educapital invest in innovative European companies with the highest potential to scale and become European and global leaders. Educapital offer their portfolio companies access to a large edtech community.

Website: www.educapital.fr

Founded: 2017

Total fund size: €145M

Educapital's most notable exits include Lalilo and Appscho.

7. Bonsal Capital

Bonsal Capital-VC-Education

Bonsal Capital is a mission-driven partnership investing primarily in the Capital Region in technology enabled services in education and workforce. The firm was founded in 1999 by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) cofounder Frank A. Bonsal, Jr and is based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Website: www.bonsalcapital.com

Founded: 1999

Bonsal Capital's most notable exits include Nepris, NxThera, and Torchlight.

8. Emerge Education

Emerge Education-VC-Education

Emerge Education is a European seed fund investing in founders solving the $8.5tn skills gap. Emerge provides founders with unrivalled education sector insights, as they're the only fund backed by the world’s foremost education entrepreneurs.

Website: www.emerge.education

Founded: 2013

Total fund size: $100K

Stage: Pre-Seed, Seed

Sector: Education

Investment Geography: United States, Europe

9. Floodgate

Floodgate-VC-Education

Floodgate Fund is a venture capital firm that focuses on early stage investments in technology companies. It was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Website: www.floodgate.com

Founded: 2006

Total fund size: $401.3M

Stage: Seed, Series A, Series B, Growth

Ticket Size:  $ 1M - $ 10M

Floodgate's most notable exits include Lyft, Twitter, and BigCommerce.

10. Precursor Ventures

Precursor Ventures-VC-Education

Precursor Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on pre-seed investments in the San Francisco, New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles metropolitan regions. The firm focuses on investments in B2B and B2C software applications and hardware. Precursor Ventures has adopted the Diversity Term Sheet Rider.

Website: www.precursorvc.com

Founded: 2015

Total fund size: $46.2M

Stage: Seed

Sector: AI, Mobile, E-Commerce, SaaS, Marketplaces, Underrepresented, Fintech, Internet, Software, Consumer

Ticket Size: $ 100K - $ 300K

Investment Geography: United States

Precursor Ventures's most notable exits include Fixt, Kit, and Dor.

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