As part of the Sterling family, investing in education is in our DNA. Over the past 30 years, the firm has partnered with and grown industry-defining companies and institutions that are committed to innovation and positive outcomes. We are thought leaders, operators, educators, parents, and life-long students. Together, we are accelerating the velocity of innovation and efficiency in the U.S. education industry.
We believe that real change can only be achieved through meaningful private and public sector collaboration. We put our investment dollars and strategic expertise to work building and growing companies that are transforming American education. Whether delivering cutting-edge education technology, providing dynamic solutions to academic institutions, or developing new business models to address traditional challenges, our companies are constantly advancing learning and career opportunities for people of all ages. At Sterling, creativity and collaboration drive impact and results.
Key Investment Themes
The Education Opportunity Fund was launched in partnership with USA Funds, a mission-driven, nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting a more purposeful path for students to and through college and on to rewarding careers and successful lives. The Education Opportunity Fund will provide capital of between $10 and $25 million per investment platform to distinctive companies that have reached proof of concept and commercial adoption, and are ready for scale.
ENABLING THE GLOBALIZATION OF EDUCATION
With emerging global economies and rising middle class wealth, the demand for high quality education is expanding. Populations around the world are looking for access to our U.S. education system.
PARTNERING WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
The U.S. higher education system is undergoing tremendous pressure and change. Innovative universities are seeking new partnerships that can bring fresh ideas around growth and efficiency.
UTILIZING ADVANCED ANALYTICS TO IMPROVE EDUCATION SERVICES
Big data has generated plenty of hype. We believe that the strategic and appropriate use of analytics is a critical tool for all education institutions.
RESHAPING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND ENABLING SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES
Engaging and active learning environments embrace modern technologies and social networks, and prove to be a better measurement of student success and retention.
IMPLEMENTING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE HOW STUDENTS LEARN AND TEACHERS TEACH
The best technologies are invisible and can help promote a personalized experience that is beneficial for all learners and teachers.
ADDRESSING RELEVANT SKILL GAPS AND PROMOTING WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITIES
Involvement and coordination between employers, colleges, and students is required to better align education and skills training with job opportunities.