Carlyle, KKR in Talks to Buy Stake in Abril Educação

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(Reuters) Abril Educação SA, a listed Brazilian education content company, is in talks to sell between a 20% and 25% ownership stake for upwards of US$187m. Suitors include The Carlyle Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Read more

Oja.la Closes Round US$500k Led by Alta Ventures

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(Press Release) Oja.la, the largest online learning platform for computer skills in Latin America, has raised a round of US $500k led by Alta Ventures Mexico. Angel Ventures Mexico, Naranya Labs, NXTP Labs, and several angel investors have joined as strategic investors for the round. Previously, Socialatom Ventures, Wenceslao Casares and Meyer Malka seeded the company and have helped the team through the early validation of the product. Read more

Starline Receive R$6m Second Invesment Round (em português)

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(Confrapar) The developer of educational technology solutions Starline received R$6m in its second investment round. The company was one of the few selected to receive capital from Gera Venture Capital, a firm dedicated exclusively to education-related businesses, and Confrapar’s HorizonTI Fund, responsible for the company’s Series A valued at R$2 million. Read more

PE-backed Brazilian Education Brazil Education IPO Struggles to Make the Grade

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(WSJ) A second Brazilian educational group has wrapped up its flotation, despite struggling to win over investor enthusiasm. Read more

Previ Set to Double its Private Equity Investments

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(Terra Economia) Previ, the pension fund for employees of Banco do Brasil (BB), wants to more than double its investments in private equity over the next three years, which would increase its committed capital of R$1.8b to almost R$4b. The fund has already invested approximately R$900m in 22 funds with investments in 100 companies from various industries. The foundation is interested in sectors such as infrastructure, education, healthcare and retail.

Veduca Recieves a R$1.1m Investment

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(Startupi) Online education platform Veduca announced a R$ 1.1 million investment from Bolt Ventures (formerly Mountain do Brasil), an investment fund based in Luxembourg, with offices in São Paulo and Zurich; Macmillan Education Digital, part of Macmillan Publishers, one of the largest and most traditional publishing groups in the world, and 500 Startups, a venture capital fund in Silicon Valley. Read more

Quest Enters the Area of ​​Private Equity

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(Valor Economico) Quest Investimentos, managed by Luiz Carlos Mendonça de Barros, is entering a new area, that of private equity funds. The focus will be on companies in healthcare, technology and education. Read more

Venture Capital Firm Confrapar Acquired 30% of Izzui

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(Valor) Venture capital firm Confrapar acquired 30% of Izzui – a company that offers free educational courses through a Facebook application. Confrapar injected R$3m into the company.

GP Investments Exits Brazil’s Estácio Participações

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(Reuters) GP Investments Ltd, the largest Latin American buyout firm, sold its remaining stake in Brazilian college operator Estácio Participações SA, pocketing five years of gains in one of the largest companies in the nation’s thriving education industry. Read more

Private Equity Firms Eye Education Unit of Brazil’s Positivio

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(DownJones)The rapidly growing educational services market in Brazil is attracting the interest of large international investors, who could snap up a controlling stake in the education unit of Brazilian conglomerate Grupo Positivo in the next few months. Read more