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First Annual Venture Capital In Education Summit 2009 Announces Speaker Line Up

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Berkery Noyes and Stanford University Sponsored Event Connects Venture Capitalists with Trends and Early-Stage Education Companies

Stanford, CA (May 12, 2009) — Leading independent investment bank Berkery Noyes and Stanford University today announced the featured speakers at the inaugural Venture Capital in Education Summit 2009. Scheduled for May 29, 2009 at the Schwab Center on the Stanford University campus, the Summit will bring together an elite group of leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors to learn more about the K-12 and postsecondary education sectors and to build stronger bridges between the early-stage investment community and the dynamic businesses transforming the education landscape.

The Summit program will include keynote addresses by:

Dr. Milton Chen, executive director of The George Lucas Educational Foundation, and Mr. Christopher Liedel, executive vice president and chief financial officer of The National Geographic Society

The Summit will also include discussions with noted education and investment industry leaders, including:

  • Jonathan Barnes, Principal, Halyard Capital
  • Zoran Basich, Editor, VentureWire
  • Frank Bonsal III, Partner, New Markets Venture Partners
  • Peter Campbell, Partner, Generation Partners
  • Amy Cosper, Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur
  • Chris Curran, Managing Director, Berkery Noyes
  • Forrest Glick, Director, Stanford Technology Ventures
  • Kevin Greaney, President & CEO, Children's Progress
  • Daniel Hamburger, President & CEO, DeVry Inc.
  • Bill Hughes, Director, Pearson Education
  • Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Education
  • Dr. Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Stanford University School of Education
  • Elizabeth Meers, Partner, Hogan & Hartson
  • Shirish Nadkarni, CEO, LiveMocha
  • Craig Powell, President & CEO, ConnectEDU
  • Nicholas Smith, President, Aplia

These esteemed thought leaders will explore such topics as:

  • The Future of Education
  • Policy and Regulatory Insights into the K-12 and Higher Education
  • Funding Early-Stage Education Businesses
  • Finding an Exit Strategy
  • Beating the Odds: Perspectives from Education Executives
  • Digital Innovation and Empowerment for All

"The Venture Capital in Education Summit is the only gathering of early-stage investors and innovative companies with the mission of closing the gap in funding available to nascent education ventures versus that available to later-stage education businesses," explains Christopher Curran, managing director of Berkery Noyes. "By bringing together a diverse collection of experts and thought leaders to speak to the emerging trends within the transformative education sector, the Summit will serve as a catalyst for further advancement and innovation in education."

In addition to support from Berkery Noyes and Stanford University, the Venture Capital in Education Summit 2009 is being co-sponsored by Hogan & Hartson (www.hhlaw.com) and CSG|PR (www.csg-pr.com).

Space is limited. For more information about the event, contact Adam Newman at event@berkerynoyes.com or visit the conference website.

About Berkery Noyes
Berkery Noyes is one of the pre-eminent merger and acquisition firms serving the education and information industry, having completed more than 400 transactions since its inception. Among the most recent education transactions include Rockbridge Growth Equity's acquisition of Northcentral University, KUE Digital's acquisition of Excelsior Software, Leeds’ acquisition of Ex Libris and eInstruction's acquisition of Interwrite Learning. Berkery Noyes’ clients include private companies seeking a buyer, most of the major international information companies, and private equity firms who use the firm's expertise in locating, analyzing and negotiating with acquisition candidates and in managing divestitures. For more information, visit http://www.berkerynoyes.com.

Stanford University School of Education
The Stanford University School of Education is a leader in groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary research and analysis that help shape educational practice and policy. Internationally distinguished faculty integrate practice and research by working collaboratively with administrators, teachers and policy leaders around the world. The school develops the knowledge, wisdom and imagination of its students to enable them to take leadership positions as teachers, researchers, administrators and policy makers. For more information, visit http://ed.stanford.edu/.