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The Edsurge Financial Network


According to Crunchbase, Edsurge has raised $5.66 million in venture capital since 2012. (The list of investors in Crunchbase do not match the list of investors on Edsurge's website.) Edsurge's backers are some of the most active investors in ed-tech startups more generally, raising a lot of questions about the "independence" the company claims in its coverage of the industry.

Edsurge has also received a number of grants. Its Gates Foundation grants, for example, total $5.2 million. The Gates Foundation has also funded several of Edsurge's investors, including NewSchools Venture Fund and Reach Capital.

(Edsurge also takes sponsorship dollars from the industry in order to research and write articles, as well as to appear at its conferences. This project is a work in progress, and I have not yet pulled all the data from the Edsurge website to assess who has sponsored content or conference booths.)

Edsurge's Funders


  • 1776.vc
  • Alan Louie
  • Allen & Company
  • Bud Colligan
  • Catamount Ventures
  • Dale Dougherty
  • David Bulfer
  • GSV Capital
  • Gates Foundation
  • George Anders
  • Gillian Munson
  • Graham Holdings
  • Imagine K12
  • Jennifer Fonstad
  • Joe Gleberman
  • John Katzman
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Judy Estrin
  • Kelly Pope
  • Learn Capital
  • Lynda Weinman
  • Martha Ehmann Conte
  • Matthew Hanson
  • Nancy Peretsman
  • NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Omidyar Network
  • Reach Capital
  • Steve Blank
  • Tim Ranzetta
  • Women's Venture Capital Fund

This data is powered by a GitHub repository: Hack-Education-Data/mergers. Last updated 26 July 2017