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Investment analysis in the EduTech sector. IronHack


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BY : Diego GutiérrezJuly Wed, 2018

We analyse the investments made in the EduTech sector from a corporate finance point of view. In this case we will analyse the investment made in Ironhack School by several investors.

We analyse the investments made in the EduTech sector from a corporate finance point of view. In this case we will analyse the investment made in Ironhack School by several investors.

EduTech sector analysis

Arguably, technology in education is one of the most exciting areas of technological development. AI, AR and m-learning have the potential to fundamentally change both who education can reach and how impactful experiential learning can be.

There are 6 areas where technology has had a significant impact on education for people of all ages, all over the world. M-learning, more than 6 billion people in a world of 7.8 billion have mobile phones and therefore there are already several institutions that want to promote portable education. Added to this area is the concept of cloud storage y BigData to avoid the loss of school material and to carry out a more personalised monitoring of the pupil. It is also proposed to make a leap towards interactive and "playable" education by means of the gamification, AR and VR.

The emergence of this new model of education and learning began with investment in edutech, which will reach $ 252 billion worldwide by 2020 according to EdTechXGlobal and IBIS Capital.

Ironhack School investment analysis

Ironhack, the global tech school that has just inaugurated its first campus in Brazil, announces investments of R $ 7.5 million, until the end of the year, to structure its headquarters in São Paulo, hire professionals and promote and finance its courses. This is the company's eighth campus in the world and the only one in South America, an expansion motivated by the contribution of US $$ 3 million from the JME Capital fund.

Ironhack Founded in 2013 by Ariel Quiñones and Gonzalo Manrique, Ironhack is a technology school based in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Mexico City, Amsterdam and São Paulo, focused on training students for digital jobs.

Ironhack has already trained over 1,500 students of 70 different nationalities in just five years and has been recognised as one of the top three schools in the world by coursereport.com and switchup.org. With a model that has guaranteed the 85% employability of its students within up to three months of training.

JME Capital se enfoca en inversiones en etapas iniciales, realizando inversiones semilla y participando en rondas más grandes de financiación de riesgo Serie A. Es una gestora de fondos de capital riesgo con 60 millones de euros en activos bajo gestión. Actualmente, JME está invirtiendo activamente su segundo fondo de Venture Capital, con un capital comprometido de 40 millones de euros.

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Investment analysis in the EduTech sector. IronHack

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