Impact Investment Fund Completes Sale of Educational Video Pioneer, Panopto

CHICAGO, April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Avathon Capital today announced the sale of Panopto, whose innovative technology powers the video libraries of universities around the globe as well as some of the world’s largest companies. Originally the product of a Carnegie Mellon research project, Panopto’s applicability and adoption have expanded considerably since its founding, supporting a wide range of use […]

The Case for Renewing Our Investment in International Students

By Jeff Keith As COVID-19 continues to hamper travel and the global economy, international student enrollment in the United States has plummeted. By the end of 2020, enrollment had dropped by an astounding 43%. It was a dramatic development in an era already marked by a steady decline: in 2017, the number of new international students […]

EdCast named Top 50 Company with Top 50 CEO

EdCast was recognized as a Top 50 Company for Diversity by Comparably, and EdCast CEO, Karl Mehta, was also named a Top 50 CEO by the same organization. Read more here.

Panopto Featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times

CEO Eric Burns of Panopto, an Avathon portfolio company, discusses the importance of keeping employees engaged, especially this year. Panopto was recently recognized as a Great Place to Work with their emphasis on creating a welcoming, and unique office environment.  Read more here.

Bismarck Public Schools Adopts Reading Plus for Elementary, Middle and High School Grade Levels

Avathon Capital portfolio company Reading Plus is expanding its footprint into Bismarck, North Dakota. Reading Plus aids students in reading proficiency in more than 5,000 schools across the U.S. Read more here.

2020 Fall Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues, We hope this message finds you and your family healthy and well. The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone and most likely had a very different feel for you, as it did for us. But nonetheless, Thanksgiving remains a time for reflection and an opportunity for each of us to take […]

4 ways the 2021 Congress should improve college grant program for low-income students

By Jeff Keith © Getty Images Last week, President-Elect Joe Biden reaffirmed his support for erasing some student debt and emphasized that his administration would dedicate more federal aid to lower the cost of college, including doubling funding for Pell Grants. Calls to increase funding for Pell are not new, but less talked about is the notion of reforming […]

Reading Plus Launches “Literacy Leaders Network” Advocacy Group

Reading Plus launched the Literacy Leaders Network, an advocacy group aimed at improving reading proficiency and literacy in their communities through Reading Plus and beyond. Read more here.

EdCast and edX Launch $315 Million Investment for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

EdCast, an Avathon portfolio company, announced its commitment to helping small and mid-size businesses by giving a year of free access to their Spark by EdCast platform. Spark, EdCast’s market-leading Learning Experience Platform (LXP) for SMBs, enables remote upskilling, training and learning programs. Learn more about this initiative here.

Education Recovery Requires Long-Term Investment Strategy, Not Another One-off Stimulus

By David DeSchryver and Jason Rosenberg With nearly 25 million Americans still receiving unemployment benefits, the coronavirus is pulling the country into a protracted recession. Earlier this year, economists speculated whether the recovery would be V-shaped, with a quick decline and a quick recovery; U-shaped, with a steep decline and elongated recovery; or perhaps a W-shape, with a short […]