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Who's Funding Education Technology?

A Hack Education Project

I’ve made some changes to this site, most obviously updating the header image. Thanks to Bryan Mathers. (Why a pigeon?) Those who look closely will also note that I have also changed the copyright information. No longer is there a Creative Commons license on Hack Education material. This really doesn’t...

Here is the latest data on “the business of education” for the month of December: Amount of venture capital invested during the month: $109.95 million Number of investments: 10 Average investment size: $10.9 million / Median investment size: $7 million Number of acquisitions: 11 December wasn’t the slowest month of...

I have updated “The History of the Gates Foundation” timeline to reflect this year’s statements from Bill Gates about how the organization’s education efforts are “evolving.” I’ve also updated the totals for the grant money it distributed this year: $235 million. You can see the list of these grants at...

These are the investments and acquisitions related to part ten of my year-in-review series. Investments in Behavior Management Companies Hero K12 raised $150 million in June from private equity firm BV Investment Partners Flipd raised an undisclosed amount of funding in August from Ryerson Futures Inc and Candice Faktor Acquisitions...

These are the investments and acquisitions related to part nine of my year-in-review series – “Robots Are Coming For Your Children.” More money has gone into tutoring startups than any other kind of education company this year. And from what we know about how tutoring exacerbates inequality – that is,...

These are the investments and acquisitions related to part eight of my year-in-review series – “Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs.” One of the notable shifts in the stories that investors seemed to be telling in 2017: it’s not enough to invest in training startups; you have to invest in...

These are the investments and acquisitions related to part eight of my year-in-review series – “Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs.” Although much of the talk about “skills training” is code (pardon the pun) for computer science instruction, there were investments this year in companies that don’t just teach programming....

These are the investments and acquisitions related to part eight of my year-in-review series – “Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs.” The amount of money invested in coding bootcamps and learn-to-code companies made this “trend” one of the most popular – or at least, one of the most well-funded, this...

These are the investments and acquisitions related to part six of my year-in-review series – “Education’s Online Futures.” There are several challenges to my research into startup funding. One: I’m quite dependent on how these companies describe themselves. I don’t have time to review everyone’s product to see what they...

These are the investments and acquisitions related to part five of my year-in-review series, “The Weaponization of Education Data.” This includes investments in “personalized learning,” adaptive learning, learning analytics, and education-cybersecurity companies. Just kidding. No one is investing in education cybersecurity. Investments Adeptemy raised $3.48 million from Enterprise Ireland and...