A Short Guide to EdTech Investing

The impact investors at City Light and I wrote a paper on this topic last year suggesting that education-focused foundations should:

  • engage private enterprise with grants, contracts and program related investments (PRI), and
  • invest endowment funds in edtech startups or funds (often called mission related investments, or MRI).

What to invest in? Or, edupreneurs might ask, what categories are attractive? Or, what teacher problems should we solve? Here’s a list of twenty trending K-12 edtech categories and company examples (mostly Learn Capital portfolio companies where I’m partner):