Appian Education Ventures is a firm that invests, operates and builds high-growth for-profit education ventures

We believe that investor-backed educational businesses are key to the evolution of education systems around the world. At the core of our vision is the idea that well-targeted, socially-conscious private investment in education can have a profound impact on the future of our society.


We are educators, entrepreneurs and investors. Our team has decades of combined experience building, running and scaling educational ventures.

Our background ranges from deep classroom knowledge, to entrepreneurial success and policy making expertise.

Luis E. García de Brigard

Founder and managing partner

Luis has started, managed, and scaled educational companies from the ground up to multi-million dollar businesses.  more

Daniel J. Uribe


Daniel is passionate about education entrepreneurship and investing, having built multiple for and non-profit educational ventures from the ground up.

Felipe Arango


Felipe has a multisectoral experience and is passionate about the intersection between education entrepreneurship and policy.


Our Philosophy

We believe the education sector needs values-driven entrepreneurs that understand the sector’s challenges and are inspired to build companies that deliver long-term, systematic solutions. We have chosen a hybrid model that incorporates the experience of the founders we back, with smart capital deployment and operational engagement. This investment angle is supported by our deep knowledge of the industry, our operational experience, and a disciplined investment process.

Education Quality First

Prototype, review the evidence and then scale. We strive to build great products that improve educational outcomes through evidence-based approaches.

Entrepreneurial DNA

We are founders and operators. We believe that a hands-on approach to company building is key to launching enduring education companies.

Bridging the Education and Business Talent Gap

First who, then what. We look for the best business and educational talent that appreciate each other’s importance and strive for mutual learning and collaboration to build great companies.

Building for the Long-Term

Timing matters. Education requires patient capital, but it is capable of delivering above-market returns.  We partner with long-term investors that expect stellar returns and exceptional impact.


We invest in companies that contribute to bringing quality education to millions of students. Families around the world place enormous value on the future of their children; as their income grows, parents are willing to allocate substantial resources to education. Unfortunately, most of the current offering –whether public or private– is of low quality and scantly connected with the competencies that students will require to succeed in a 21st-century economy. Appian invests in companies that are unequivocally committed to transforming this reality by developing innovative educational models that can combine quality and scale to make a difference. 

Areas of focus

Lifelong Learning & Workforce Development

Higher Education

Early Childhood


Technical and Vocational Training



Contact us

Part of our strategy involves finding strategic partners who can provide know-how and capital to grow our business and increase our impact. If your organization is interested in working with us, feel free to contact us.


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