ClearPath

Syndicates

ClearPath Syndicate membership is an exclusive, executive level or senior leadership opportunity that promotes thought leadership, personal and business development.

Activated in 2019, the ClearPath Syndicate program has seen a fantastic group of EdTech entrepreneurs in Melbourne and Sydney attend to begin the collaboration process. The groups meet every six-eight weeks and feature an exceptional guest speaker. We thank the following speakers for supporting our program:

Past speakers

Liz Johnson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Deakin University

Liz leads Deakin’s ambitious Student Learning and Experience strategy, including the drive to premium digital education and their partnership with FutureLearn. Liz spoke about the need to understand the history of Australian universities to appreciate their current role in society. She discussed mission statements centred around research capability, innovation, teaching and community, and how each pillar plays an important role in guiding our institutions. She gave an overview on funding and revenue sources, decision making and how higher education institutions are in the business of ideas. Providing insight into the tensions at play between trials and experiments (for new technologies) and mass implementation into policy.

Anthony Bohm

Founding Partner, Pangea Impact Investments 

Anthony is a successful EdTech entrepreneur with two major exists including Think: Education Group co-founded in 2006 and sold to Seek Limited (ASX: SEK) in 2010, and Open Colleges Australia co-founded in 2010 and acquired by Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ: APOL) in 2015. He established Pangea Impact Investments in 2016 and is passionate about harnessing the power of markets and capital to tackle social challenges and drive social change. Anthony shared his experiences building up and exiting these businesses. He emphasised the importance of having a strong digital backbone that underpins the whole business. And how quality (audits and compliance) represent an opportunity to drive quality and improvement.

Elizabeth Wilson

Chief Information Officer, Victorian Department of Education and Training

Elizabeth is a strategic thinker and leader of transformational change with experience in working with executive groups and Boards and building high performing teams. An innovative leader in utilising technology as a transformation agent for business change through the development and implementation of strategies, business and technology architectures and governance. Elizabeth led a discussion about the key programs from within the department including gamification, virtual learning and the use of technology in schools.

Iain Rothwell

Chief Commercial Officer, Navitas

Iain has 20 years of experience in the education sector with a particular focus on the commercial interface with the sector. He has held a range of executive roles including CFO and Director Business Development University of Western Sydney, MD Access MQ Ltd and Assistant VC Macquarie University. His experience extends to a diverse range of commercial transactions including property and infrastructure, licensing, start-up companies, joint ventures and financing. Iain shared details on building education businesses that connect, support and partner with institutional customers. He discussed the importance of understanding the complex collegiate, governance and organisational structures of clients, as well as the internal politics of the organisation. He discussed the characteristics of the modern university; commercially focussed, professionally advised, strategically aligned and with international leadership.

Jon Manning

Head of Pricing, Carsales.com

Internationally recognised and experienced, Jon has a passion for defining optimal pricing strategies that achieve, on average, a 20% revenue uplift for companies he works with. Jon primarily develops value-based pricing and monetisation strategies for companies that recognise that it’s not what he knows about pricing in any one industry that counts: it’s what he knows about pricing in so many industries that helps make Jon’s work with them profitable. Jon outlined his strategic framework for defining a pricing model; emphasising value before cost, and customers before shareholders.

Robert Gregory

Senior Partner & Education Sector Leader, Maddocks

Maddocks is an independent Australian law firm that advise national and international clients across the built environment, education, government, healthcare and technology sectors. Robert discussed Privacy and Data Security Issues, his presentation covered the Australian Privacy Principles (APP), how they connect with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The session outlined what companies need to think about to make themselves compliant with the APP and then potentially the GDPR if they are selling to European customers.

Sean Steele

CEO, EdVenture Co

EdVenture Co. is a private equity group who are building a large investment portfolio of education companies focussed on the future of work, and taking Australian education into Asia. Sean discussed the characteristics of the education companies they seek to acquire, the due diligence process they undertake, and the reasons some companies fall out of due diligence.

Rita Ferrandino

Founding Partner, ARC Capital Development

Rita is a global EdTech leader who has spent many decades running large multibillion dollar sales teams. Rita co-founded ARC Capital Development, who are both investors, and offer sales, marketing and operational support to EdTech companies looking to enter the US market. Rita’s presentation covered the nuances of selling to schools and universities in the US, as well as discussing what a traditional, average deal flow looks like for an EdTech company in the US, from seed capital to Series A to Series B.

Syndicate Values

Connect. Collaborate. Trust

Program

Leading a business can be isolating, and the additional dimensions of the education sector creates unique challenges for EdTech entrepreneurs. Our ClearPath Syndicate Program aims to connect EdTech Entrepreneurs, education sector business leaders and leading educators regularly to enhance the journey through connection and collaboration.

ClearPath Syndicates seek to build trust among participants to accelerate the growth of individual businesses and advance the EdTech ecosystem as a whole.

Structure

The ClearPath Syndicate Program structure includes:

  • Six half-day meetings across the year in your capital city
  • An Independent Syndicate chair with significant education sector experience
  • Each Syndicate comprises 10-15 education technology and innovation leaders
  • Expert speakers will provide insights into specific areas of business growth including capital raising, entering International markets, customer acquisition, Government policy, legal, financial, investment and strategy
  • Syndicate members have the opportunity to share their business experiences under Chatham House rules and seek the perspectives of others sharing a similar journey
  • VIP access to other state Syndicates

Expression of Interest

To become a Syndicate member or for more information, please complete this form and an EduGrowth representative will be in contact with you shortly.