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Investments

75

Portfolio Exits

12

Funds

4

About University Ventures

University Ventures (UV) is an investment firm focused exclusively on the global higher education sector. UV pursues a differentiated strategy of 'innovation from within'. UV has the deepest respect for the missions and traditions of colleges and universities around the world and is confident that through innovation, these same institutions will be successful in fulfilling and expanding their missions. By partnering with top-tier universities and colleges and then strategically directing private capital to develop innovative programs of exceptional quality that address major economic and social needs, UV is setting new standards for student outcomes and advancing the development of the next generation of colleges and universities on a global scale.

University Ventures Headquarters Location

303 Spring Street

New York, New York, 10013,

United States

212-202-3100

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Latest University Ventures News

101edu Closes $4.6M Series A Funding

Mar 2, 2021

101edu , a NYC-based creator of next-generation active learning platform for STEM disciplines, completed a $4.6m Series A financing round. The round, which brought total funding to $7.8m, was led by Recurring Capital Partners with participation from new and existing investors Birchmere Ventures, University Ventures, Zanichelli Venture, Matzliach Capital, Board member Dr. James Caras, Mark Miller, Torsten Geers, and Vineet Madan. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate growth and expand into other STEM disciplines and markets. Founded in 2016 by Dr. Justin Weinberg and Igor Belyayev, 101edu provides a mobile-first courseware platform that delivers active learning, homework, and assessment tools for students to visualize, experience, and interact with STEM concepts. Chem101, the company’s first product, has been adopted by over 1,500 chemistry faculty at 400+ colleges and universities across North America such as Florida State University, California State University, and the University of Connecticut. Chem101 offers instructors a comprehensive learning solution —  enabling them to engage their students during and after class with real-time digital learning activities, online homework, timed quizzes, and extra practice. It is being utilized alongside publisher textbooks and in many courses is directly integrated with free Open Education Resource (OER) textbooks such as OpenStax Chemistry, which helps to reduce student course materials fees. FinSMEs 02/03/2021

University Ventures Investments

75 Investments

University Ventures has made 75 investments. Their latest investment was in 101 as part of their Series A on March 3, 2021.

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University Ventures Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

3/1/2021

Series A

101

$4.6M

Yes

1

7/20/2020

Seed VC

Freedom Learning Group

$1M

Yes

1

10/29/2019

Series B

Techtonic

$6M

No

6

9/27/2019

Series C - II

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$99M

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10

5/10/2019

Series A

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$99M

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10

Date

3/1/2021

7/20/2020

10/29/2019

9/27/2019

5/10/2019

Round

Series A

Seed VC

Series B

Series C - II

Series A

Company

101

Freedom Learning Group

Techtonic

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Amount

$4.6M

$1M

$6M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

1

6

10

10

University Ventures Portfolio Exits

12 Portfolio Exits

University Ventures has 12 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Credly on January 31, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
Valuations are submitted by companies, mined from state filings or news, provided by VentureSource, or based on a comparables valuation model.

Acquirer

Sources

1/31/2022

Acquired

$99M

7

1/11/2022

Acquired

$99M

3

8/5/2021

Acq - Fin

$99M

1

4/28/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

12/1/2020

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

1/31/2022

1/11/2022

8/5/2021

4/28/2021

12/1/2020

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acq - Fin

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

7

3

1

10

10

University Ventures Acquisitions

2 Acquisitions

University Ventures acquired 2 companies. Their latest acquisition was Avenica on July 19, 2017.

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation
Valuations are submitted by companies, mined from state filings or news, provided by VentureSource, or based on a comparables valuation model.

Total Funding

Note

Sources

7/19/2017

Debt

$99M

$3.5M

Acq - Fin

1

7/19/2017

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$99M

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10

Date

7/19/2017

7/19/2017

Investment Stage

Debt

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

Total Funding

$3.5M

Note

Acq - Fin

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Sources

1

10

University Ventures Fund History

4 Fund Histories

University Ventures has 4 funds, including Putting America Back to Work Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

3/27/2019

Putting America Back to Work Fund

Diversified Private Equity

Open

$80M

1

8/13/2015

University Ventures Fund II

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$99M

10

7/28/2015

University Ventures Seed Fund

$99M

10

4/26/2011

University Ventures Fund I

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$99M

10

Closing Date

3/27/2019

8/13/2015

7/28/2015

4/26/2011

Fund

Putting America Back to Work Fund

University Ventures Fund II

University Ventures Seed Fund

University Ventures Fund I

Fund Type

Diversified Private Equity

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Status

Open

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Amount

$80M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

10

University Ventures Team

5 Team Members

University Ventures has 5 team members, including current Founder, Managing Director, Daniel Pianko.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Daniel Pianko

Founder, Managing Director

Current

Ryan Craig

Managing Director

Current

Aanand Radia

Managing Director

Current

Gregg Rosenthal

Managing Director

Current

Troy Williams

Macmillan, and Questia Media

Managing Director

Current

Name

Daniel Pianko

Ryan Craig

Aanand Radia

Gregg Rosenthal

Troy Williams

Work History

Macmillan, and Questia Media

Title

Founder, Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

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