We are a Special Purpose Acquisition Company focused on the Education, Education Technology and Future of Work Sectors

 

“Our aim is to build a global acquisition and investment platform of next-generation education and training companies”

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We intend to build an industry leading sustainable education platform business with attractive returns on invested capital and robust free cash flow generation. We intend to offer investors near-term access and direct investment exposure to the long-term trends favourably impacting the education, training and edtech sectors and to the associated consolidation and value-creation opportunities. We intend to take a patient and disciplined approach to investing with an emphasis on compounding capital over the long-term. We intend to partner with proven management teams and foster an ownership culture with strong alignment of incentives.

The first step of our business strategy is to identify and acquire a company ($300m-3bn in Enterprise Value) that is well positioned strategically to take advantage of the growth, consolidation and disruption opportunities available in the education, training and edtech sector globally





 

Charles McIntyre and Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet - 2019 Citi Education Research Report >

We see 5 main drivers of Growth and Transformation in the Education Sector & Training Sector: Digitisation, Personalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation, Automation (AI)! 

A global team of experienced investors, advisors, and operators in the education sector

Management & Founders - SPAC I & II 

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Charles McIntyre

Chairman and

Chief Investment Officer

Benjamin

Vedrenne-Cloquet

Chief Executive Officer

Platform Partners and Anchor Investors 

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Anchor Investor

Platform Partner

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Our founders and management, led by Charles McIntyre, Executive Chairman of our board of directors, and Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, our Chief Executive Officer, have significant experience as investors, advisors and operators in fragmented industries undergoing global consolidation and digital transition, in particular the media and education sectors. Together, they have been building and leading a thematic platform dedicated to the education, training and edtech sectors comprised of two companies – IBIS Capital and Edtech Global. We will have access to the resources and strategic capabilities of both IBIS Capital and Edtech Global (together, our “platform partners”), which we believe will give us a competitive advantage in our acquisition strategy and our ability to identify and implement value creation initiatives. IBIS Capital was formed in 2003 as a sector focused investment bank specializing on opportunities arising from the impact of digital technology. IBIS Capital is headquartered in London, UK and has established itself as a leading independent investment bank within the education and media sectors, working with companies, financial sponsors, family offices and institutional investors across Europe, Asia and North and South America. IBIS Capital was a founding partner in 2007 of IBIS Capital Partners, a long/short hedge fund focused on the global media sector. The majority shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of IBIS Capital is Charles McIntyre, who was formerly a managing director of the investment banking businesses of Apax Partners, an international private equity firm. Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, who is an operating partner and co-owner of IBIS Capital, has been responsible together with Mr. McIntyre for the development of the IBIS Capital and Edtech Global education platform. Prior to joining IBIS Capital in 2012, Mr. Vedrenne-Cloquet held various senior management and investment positions at leading US and international media groups, including Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), Omnicon (NYSE: OMC), Modern Times Group (NASDAQ (OMX)- MTGA), and Lagardere (EPA: MMB). EdTech Global, which was spun out from IBIS Capital in 2015, is a company that owns and operates international conferences under the EdTechX brand for senior executives and investors involved in and connected to the education and training sectors. EdTech Global addresses a global audience through its events in Europe (EdtechX Europe), Asia (EdtechX Asia) and Africa (EdTechX Africa) and works in partnership with other event organizers in the U.S., Middle East, China and Japan. EdTech Global maintains a proprietary database of over 5,000 companies and 25,000 senior executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, functional experts, investors and influencers operating within the education and training sector across the globe. In Oct 2018, we launched the first Nasdaq listed SPAC focused on the education, edtech and traning sectors with the support of Azimut Enterprises, our anchor investor. Operating since 1989, Azimut is a leading European independent asset management company with over $61 billion of assets under management (as of May 2018). The parent company, Azimut Holding, has been listed on Milan’s stock exchange since July 2004 (AZM.IM) and is a part of the FTSE MIB. Azimut sells and manages mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds as well as being active in the discretionary management of individual investment portfolios. The Azimut group comprises various companies active in the sale, management and distribution of financial and insurance products, with registered offices in Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Monaco, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, Chile, U.S., Australia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.





The biggest sustained, mass experiment in online education since the internet was founded in the 1980s

- Tim Culpan on the impact of COVID-19 on online education - Bloomberg | February 2020 

 

EdTechX Global Event Series

By 2050, the average amount of time each of us spends in learning, training or upskilling will have tripled. Some fear a race against accelerated obsolescence. We foresee the greatest acceleration of human potential in history!

Charles McIntyre and Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet - Citi Education Conference – London, June 2018

Thought Leadership Events for Investors, Institutions, and Innovators curated by our Platform Partner

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