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Dear Friends,

We hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start. It’s hard to believe it’s already February. We are pleased to introduce an investment area of importance to us, as well as our relationship with Sean Bisceglia, who has been helping us research and identify prospective opportunities in the human capital management and workforce strategies space.   

Sean, a new Operating Partner, has been a staple in the Chicago business community for years, as a serial entrepreneur and three-time CEO. He has decades of experience with Fortune 1000 companies helping develop technology-enabled solutions for their talent acquisition, retention, engagement, and strategic workforce planning.

As we now live in a nearly full-employment economy, with increasing competition, renewed corporate productivity, and significant adoption of advanced technologies, the skills and spectrum of jobs required to assist corporations in achieving their strategic agendas has evolved. Companies cannot wait for schools to update curriculum or students to learn new skills; they must take matters into their own hands and actively engage in efforts to fund and motivate these initiatives themselves.

We believe that collaboration among public, private, and academic leaders will lead to improved outcomes.

That’s why the Education Opportunity Fund is now intentionally and purposefully pursuing the enterprise space. Sean will be helping us with strategy and overview of the vast opportunity in this specific market. The Fund seeks to invest approximately $10-35 million of equity in multiple businesses that are developing solutions that better connect education to employment and individuals to work. These can range from human capital management firms to education solutions companies servicing the school, the learner, or the enterprise.

If you know of any interesting opportunities or referrals, or are interested in exploring this thesis with us, please contact Shoshana or Sean.