The Problem

U.S. Education was once #1 but it was designed 198-years ago & it didn’t adapt to Globalization or the Digital Revolution. Now, it's ranked #36.

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So, what's going to happen to our Economic Productivity and our Living Standards? Let's see what's already happening. 

Private Companies valued at more than $1B are called Unicorns. They create wealth & economic prosperity, while leading innovation of the future. Naturally, America should be home to the Unicorn & it once was. In fact, 97% of all Unicorns were U.S. Based in 2008. China only had 1 Unicorn, Alibaba, but they had the #1 Education System. 

Fast-forward 10-years & in 2018, America's share of Unicorns had fallen to 40% while China's surged from having 1 single Unicorn to 42% of all & by 2025, China aims to be the "Dominant Global Power." 

35 nations we compete with, were able to adapt to the 21st century economy's demands

Education Technology, EdTech, is the solution. It is scalable, adaptable and more efficient.

America's Public Schools are out-of-sync with the global economy. Our children are digital natives, but Educators are shackled with 14th century, classical education tools and processes instead of digitally enhanced, 21st century tools and processes.

PreK-12 Education Technology (EdTech) can solve the problems, but it's mostly unexplored

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Because Educators, those closest to and most qualified to realign preK-12 to the economy, are least likely to succeed when trying to commercialize a scalable EdTech solution. They rarely have the  business acumen or access to capital that's required.

The Solution

What has been holding EdTech back for so long?

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The Free Market, Entrepreneurs and Capital, the most powerful force for creating competition, innovation and efficiency have been unable to "Crack the Code." But, Verse Capital has and finally, technology infrastructure has evolved enough to let the Free Market do what it does best. Here's how the biggest barrier dropped, creating a special opportunity:


Cost Barrier:  Cost to deploy devices in 98,500 schools was insurmountable. Until recently:

  1. Computing Devices: Costs have dropped 33% YoY since 1990 and today devices are used pervasively.
  2. The Cloud: Eliminated adoption costs such as servers, IT staff, networks and the cloud is also utilized pervasively.
  3. High-speed Broadband: K-12 is 94% connected, 100% by 2020. Broadband to connect devices to the cloud is used pervasive as well. (education super highway)

Working with Public Schools is a Socialized Business: Which is unlike other businesses with more red tape and bureaucracy.

  1. Capital Sources: Aren't even sure what they're looking at, don't know how to help  companies they invest in and therefore can't mitigate risk.
  2. Entrepreneurs: Are unable to navigate through the system to generate:
    1. Sales: Revenue is the key to every business. Verse Capital hyper-accelerates revenue with EdTech businesses, magnifying capital to grow, market penetration and returns, minimizing investment required, dilution and risk.
    2. Usage: Stimulating product usage requires implementation with fidelity, which is time consuming and without expertise, few companies have time to even consider it. But, without usage, how much of an impact will be made? None. Without usage, why would a school renew a contract? Without contract renewals, recurring revenue, the higher margin and more profitable revenue is lost and at that point, it's GAME OVER. 

The Public School Market in America is a $680 Billion per year opportunity, but with so few companies dominating the space, there are few people who even understand it, let alone who know how to cross the barriers to entry. For early-stage EdTech companies, the bottleneck to innovation, to succeed and consistently generate impact and return on investment, there must be a new type of firm that bridges the barriers to entry with the companies, accelerating revenue and usage. Otherwise, our children, 100% of our future, will be left with innovation financed by 2nd priority capital sources such as goodwill, donations and other capital that's allocated specifically to avoid having to pay taxes. Sources of capital that are unsustainable and will never be able to realign public education with the 21st century economy. 

THE PROBLEM AMERICA MUST ADDRESS

  • Is it possible for the "greatest nation on earth" to be "A Nation at Risk" for 35 yrs & still be the greatest? 
  • How is it possible that after 35 yrs, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress was named: "America's Lost Decade for Educational Progress"?
  • How is it possible that the byproduct of being "At Risk", lost productivity, wealth inequality, welfare, etc. are at record levels, yet at EdTech investment's peak, Uber alone raised 3x more capital?

What do we think is going to happen?

We've identified the Ingredients to Success in K-12 EdTech

In this video, you'll see how Verse Capital Partners helps Educators with scalable solutions to America's Biggest Threat, reach bigger success, faster + more frequently.

Education & America's Future