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Where is Investment Flowing in Education Technology?

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Venture capital investment in education technology (ed-tech) has soared over the last five years. A breakdown of the spending over time reveals pockets of intense attention as well as areas of dramatic concentration. Understanding these patterns will help investors and companies chart their future course.

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Where is Investment Flowing in Education Technology?

  1. 1. engage the disengaged increase access to a high-quality education Place focused bets Invest in areas of the market where education technology can achieve a balance of lower costs and improved student outcomes. Embrace blended learning Connect the virtual and physical worlds in ways that measurably improve learning. Grow strategically Scale up projects in one geographic area before considering international expansion targeted to local needs. $1.9B (19%) $1.9B (127%) $1.5B (10%) $0.8B (49%) $0.8B (20%) $0.7B (97%) $0.7B (100%) $0.6B (46%) $0.5B (7%) $0.5B (–1%) $0.4B (27%) $0.2B (–6%) $0.2B (–3%) 294 14 112 133 103 331 125 92 56 433 222 421 179 305 $2.3B (34%) 343 <$0.1B (–100%) Private investment 2011–2015 (CAGR) Number of companies in 2015 Technology holds enormous promise for education. It can: personalize and enhance student learning achieve scale at lower cost A network analysis of the connections between individual ed-tech company investments at three points in time shows growth in segments of the market. Large, dense clusters of the same color indicate segments receiving a high degree of investor attention. WHERE IS INVESTMENT FLOWING IN EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY? …by segment of the market 32% Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for total private investment in ed-tech from 2011 through 2015 $4.5 billion Total private investment in ed-tech in 2015 $ 1995 781 Early players include providers and distributors of digital content. 2005 1,587 Emerging areas include blended learning and LMS tools and business management and financial technologies. 2015 3,163 Games, social platforms and learning communities, and language and literacy programs emerge. The preschool through secondary school market has received the most investment from 2011 through 2015, but higher education has grown the fastest as a percentage of total investment, led by rapid growth in online learning and business management and financial technologies. This infographic is based on BCG research conducted as part of New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning through Technology, a report from the World Economic Forum, written in collaboration with BCG. Our definition of education technology comprises the following sectors: preschool through secondary school, higher education, adult learning, other institutional, and alternative school. Investment in the “other institutional” segment includes mostly business management and systems management technologies. Investment in consumer products is spread across all five categories but is concentrated in the preschool through secondary school segment. Data comes from Capital IQ and company websites and includes investments from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2015. Detailed breakdowns of education technology investments come from using specific keywords and filters in the Quid software tool to identify the ed-tech space. …by sector 50% ($736M) 11% ($161M) 20% ($289M) 19% ($288M) 35% ($1,608M) 30% ($1,348M) 14% ($629M) 19% ($857M) 2% ($102M) COMPANIES COMPANIES COMPANIES Venture capital investment in education technology (ed-tech) has soared over the last five years. A breakdown of the spending over time reveals pockets of intense attention as well as areas of dramatic concentration. Understand- ing these patterns will help investors and companies chart their future course. Multimedia content delivery and platforms Online courses and tutoring Business management and financial technologies Systems management, security, and infrastructure Higher education programs and services Blended learning and learning management system (LMS) tools Language and literacy programs Academic-standards- based and Common Core programs Adaptive curricula and machine learning Social platforms and learning communities Programs for special- needs populations Career and vocational education Games Providers and distri- butors of curricula and educational materials Interactive stimulators and sensors INVESTMENTS ARE GROWING MORE CONCENTRATED… INVESTMENTS ARE ALSO GROWING MORE CONCENTRATED... 64% of investment Alternative school Preschool through secondary school Higher education Adult learning Other institutional The rest of the world faces major challenges—and important opportunities—in catching up to these leading recipients of ed-tech investment. …by country US $10.1B (77%) Canada $0.4B (3%) UK $0.2B (2%) India $0.6B (5%) China $1.2B (10%) WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? 97% of investments were concentrated in 5 countries 3went to US ed-tech companies from 2011 through 2015 OUT 4 DOLLARS Private investment (2011–2015) (Share of total investment) Share of total investment (Private investment) 2011 2015 <1% ($4M) NOTES AND SOURCES HOW TO NAVIGATE THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY Read BCG’s latest insights, analysis, and viewpoints at bcgperspectives.com © The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. 2016. All rights reserved. To find the latest BCG content and register to receive e-alerts on this topic or others, please visit bcgperspectives.com. Please direct questions to socialmedia@bcg.com.

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