Investment strategy

UV makes investments ranging from seeding innovative startups to growth stage companies that are contributing to major shifts occurring across the human capital development market.

By focusing on Last-Mile Training, established and new employer-connected intermediaries are bridging the gap between traditional higher education and employer needs. Staffing companies, service providers with outsourced apprenticeship programs, income share programs, and bootcamps are all providing faster + cheaper pathways to good jobs for young Americans, and for older workers who require reskilling.

We are in the early innings of a shift from pedigree- and degree-based hiring to competency-based hiring. New technologies, products, and services that identify individuals’ relevant competencies and make them visible to employers (e.g., digital credentials, e-portfolios, competency-based assessments) are improving the efficiency of the human capital development market.

While healthcare delivery is changing rapidly, how we train our healthcare professionals has not. New models for healthcare education have the potential to address the dramatic shortage of healthcare professionals in the U.S. and globally.

Technology and service providers that partner with traditional colleges or universities to improve student experience are improving learning outcomes, persistence and completion, and affordability, allowing institutions to achieve their educational missions.

Innovative student financing strategies and products are reducing risk for students and improving student return-on-investment.

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