Here is the latest data on “the business of education” for January 2018:

  • Amount of venture capital invested during the month: $336.8 million
  • Number of investments: 20
  • Average investment size: $16.8 million / Median investment size: $4.1 million
  • Number of acquisitions: 14
  • Number of mergers: 1
  • Number of IPOs: 0
  • Number added to the “ed-tech dead pool”: 0

Investment Trends

It’s way way way too early in the year to talk about what the investment trends look like, what the biggest investments have been, and so on. But for what it’s worth, the year is off to a strong start, with more dollars invested in January 2018 than in January of the past two years. The number of acquisitions are also up from the previous few years. As we’ve seen in the past, the amount of investment is skewed by a couple of large ($100+ million) investments – and as we’ve seen in the past, these investments are in Chinese education companies.

Download the Data

As part of this project, you can review information from the last few years who’s received funding, who’s been acquired, who’s IPO’d, which startups have closed, and who’s investing in the stories that Edsurge tells you about the shape of the education technology industry.

I have created separate GitHub repositories for all areas of funding that I monitor:

These sites include human- and machine-readable versions of this funding data. For more ed-tech data sets, visit Hack Education Data on GitHub.

If you see an error or omission, please file a GitHub issue. You’re welcome to fork or download the repositories too, of course.

Audrey Watters


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