Invision sells Vantage Education to private investor group

20. May 2020

Invi­sion announ­ces the sale of Vantage Educa­tion AG (Vantage) to a group of Swiss inves­tors. Vantage, one of the leading provi­ders of educa­tion and trai­ning in Switz­er­land, remains inde­pen­dent and will conti­nue to be led by the exis­ting manage­ment team.

We are plea­sed that after 7 years of success­ful growth under Invision’s owners­hip, a good new home has been found for the Vantage. The new Swiss owners can draw on a wealth of expe­ri­ence in educa­tion invest­ment and a solid finan­cing base to success­fully grow Vantage going forward and as a long-term commitment.

Over the last 7 years, Invi­sion suppor­ted Vantage through a series of conso­li­da­tion tran­sac­tions, ulti­mately brin­ging 5 acqui­si­ti­ons under one roof. The educa­tion compa­nies offer high-quality trai­ning and conti­nuing educa­tion programs in busi­ness admi­nis­tra­tion, sales, marke­ting, infor­ma­tion tech­no­logy and tourism manage­ment at 13 loca­ti­ons throughout Switz­er­land. With the self-image of sustainable student progress, Vantage conti­nuously inves­ted in educa­tio­nal offe­rings and trai­ning formats. Today, with more than 60 cour­ses, this inclu­des in parti­cu­lar a wide range of cour­ses at the Higher Tech­ni­cal College (HF) level in busi­ness admi­nis­tra­tion, marke­ting, busi­ness infor­ma­tics and tourism.

Heinz Sommer, CEO of VantageThe unifi­ca­tion of diffe­rent educa­tion provi­ders under the umbrella of Vantage proved to be the right stra­tegy in order to expand the asso­cia­ted wide-ranging prac­­tice- and tran­s­­fer-orien­­ted educa­tio­nal offe­ring, to ensure the conti­nuous deve­lo­p­ment of analog and digi­tal lear­ning content, and to jointly guaran­tee the quality of educa­tion, in addi­tion to the syner­gies. The students always come first; the educa­tion and trai­ning should bring them private and profes­sio­nal added value. Our contem­porary educa­tio­nal offe­ring, suppor­ted by our eLear­ning envi­ron­ment, enab­les us to be a trus­ted educa­tio­nal part­ner for our students both on campus and online. I look forward to further streng­t­he­ning our posi­tion and conti­nuously expan­ding our group and educa­tio­nal offe­rings with our new part­ners through addi­tio­nal educa­tio­nal companies.”

The new Swiss owners are commit­ted to suppor­ting Vantage’s stra­tegy and further expan­ding its strong posi­tion in the Swiss educa­tion land­s­cape. Jona­than Wynne, the new Chair­man of the Board of Vantage Educa­tion Group, comments: “Vantage is a great example of a success­ful educa­tion group that focu­ses on the prac­ti­cal and tran­s­­fer-orien­­ted diver­sity of its offe­rings, the quality of its educa­tion and trai­ning, and the asso­cia­ted success of its students. We are plea­sed to support the group’s long-term ambi­ti­ons with our educa­tio­nal exper­tise and capi­tal resour­ces. We look forward to working with Heinz and the leaders­hip team to build on Vantage’s impres­sive track record to date and to further streng­t­hen and expand its posi­tion as the group of choice for students in Switzerland.”

Marco Martelli (photo), Part­ner at Invi­sion, comments: “Buil­ding Vantage over the past years has been a great jour­ney and we are proud to have made a signi­fi­cant contri­bu­tion to the deve­lo­p­ment of the Group and the private educa­tion sector in Switz­er­land in gene­ral. I am very happy that we have found a good part­ner to take the schools forward and that Vantage will remain in Swiss hands”.

Vantage unites 3 strong educa­tio­nal compa­nies under one roof and accom­pa­nies over 5000 students on their educa­tio­nal path at 13 loca­ti­ons. Vantage is thus one of the leading private educa­tion provi­ders in the fields of busi­ness admi­nis­tra­tion & manage­ment, marke­ting, infor­ma­tion tech­no­logy and tourism, parti­cu­larly in the area of higher educa­tion (HF).,,,

Since its foun­da­tion in 1997, Invi­sion has success­fully deve­lo­ped into one of the leading invest­ment compa­nies for corpo­rate succes­sion and growth finan­cing in Europe. Invi­sion has inves­ted more than EUR 750 million of equity in over 50 compa­nies during this time, achie­ving sustainable value growth. Invi­sion sees itself as an entre­pre­neu­rial part­ner for foun­ders, entre­pre­neurs and manage­ment teams. In its enga­ge­ments, Invi­sion places parti­cu­lar empha­sis on under­stan­ding the speci­fic needs of compa­nies and entre­pre­neurs and deve­lo­ping custo­mi­zed solu­ti­ons. Invi­sion invests in estab­lis­hed medium-sized compa­nies, espe­cially in succes­sion plan­ning.

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