WaterBear Education

Sector Education
Deal Type Development Capital
Initial Investment April 2018
Transaction size £1.1m
Location Brighton
Maven Office London
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About WaterBear

WaterBear Education is a private higher education college which provides a range of Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree courses across the creative industries in partnership with the University of Chichester. Its innovative syllabus delivers a blended learning programme, combining both online and on site learning, with a key emphasis on preparing students for employment, developing contacts and opportunities and offering work placements within industry as an integral part of the courses.

WaterBear’s senior management team, led by Bruce Dickinson, includes established touring musicians and recording artists with strong links in the wider music industry. The team has a proven track record having previously worked for the largest providers of private music education and founded the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), which pioneered the music education industry and grew to become the most successful private education provider in the UK.

We are delighted to have secured the support of Maven to enable us to open the first campus in Brighton and help deliver the education and skills that our creative industries need. The investment team at Maven demonstrated an immediate understanding of our business model and has been hugely supportive from the outset.
Bruce Dickinson, Founding Director of WaterBear
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