Where EdTech businesses thrive for life

We help great education software businesses innovate the future of learning by carrying their legacy forward.

Higher education   |   K-12   |   Corporate learning

Growing the impact of your EdTech business

As a purpose-driven business, relationships are at the heart of what you do. When it's time to sell, you need a solution that keeps your customers happy and supported for the long term. We are committed to continuing to build and grow great EdTech businesses like yours—because we care about your customers just as much as you do.

Long-term growth mindset

As a permanent solution for your business, we never plan to resell. That gives your team and customers confidence and stability long into the future.

Care for your customers

Supporting the work of educators and administrators is core to your company’s positive impact. We’re dedicated to nurturing those relationships for decades to come.

A future of independence

Our decentralized model respects the autonomy of your decision makers while supporting your team in managing day-to-day operations.

Invested in talent

Your people are key to your success. We’re committed to protecting and strengthening your existing teams and building the best workplaces in the world.

Experts in EdTech

With a focus on enterprise software in education, we have the knowledge and experience to evaluate your business quickly and execute on growth.

Strength in numbers

You’re a part of a large family of software businesses, including other successful EdTech companies, that share expertise and resources to help you grow

Seller story

Pathway to long-term success

After 20 years in business, EdTech company School Pathways were market leaders, delivering streamlined operations for charter schools across California. When it came time to sell, they needed the best route to lasting success for their customers and team.

Guide

How to sell your business

If you’re a first-time seller, the idea of handing over the reins can be stressful. Learn the ins and out of the process and how to set your company up for continued success.

Fact sheet

Transparent decisions, fast execution

Wondering what to expect from the sale process? Our responsive team is experienced at keeping decisions honest, confidential, and fast. We’ll work to find mutual alignment while conducting thorough due diligence and executing right away.

Seller story

Pathway to long-term success

After 20 years in business, EdTech company School Pathways were market leaders, delivering streamlined operations for charter schools across California. When it came time to sell, they needed the best route to lasting success for their customers and team.

Webinar

What to expect when selling your business

Hear directly from two former owners who’ve recently been through the sale process. They share their experience and advice on establishing goals, priorities and outcomes.

Fact sheet

Transparent decisions, fast execution

Wondering what to expect from the sale process? Our responsive team is experienced at keeping decisions honest, confidential, and fast. We’ll work to find mutual alignment while conducting thorough due diligence and executing right away.

"Selling a company you've spent 20 years growing is no easy decision. Further a buyer who relates to your desire to protect that legacy and its employees is a challenge. The promises you read about have been a true reflection of Banyan's operating principles."

Amy Gruber, former owner, School Pathways
SCHOOLPATHWAYS.COM

Frequently asked questions

All of our education businesses are leaders in niche markets and led by independent management teams. Banyan’s role is to support them in growing their success and preserving their individual culture. Our team includes business specialists who have significant experience working in higher education, K-12, and corporate learning.

You can expect a responsive, transparent, and confidential sale process from start to finish. We only engage in processes where we are highly confident that there is a strong fit, that we can close in a clean and seamless way, and that we will be great stewards of the company going forward. It typically takes anywhere from 3 to 5 months, but from the beginning we take care to set a pace and timeline that you’re comfortable with. Read more about our sale process.

Our experienced team works closely with you to find the right solution, whether you want to stay at the helm or make a graceful exit. Close to two-thirds of the time, owners are seeking to retire or move on, either at closing or within a year or two post-acquisition. In these situations, we work together to recruit great talent, ensuring we find leaders who are the right fit.

You know your business and customers best. That’s why we follow a decentralized model that lets you or your management team continue running day-to-day operations. We always plan to keep existing teams and products intact as stand-alone businesses that nonetheless benefit from being part of a larger family of software companies. While we welcome opportunities to explore new sales channels, we typically keep our businesses, brands, and products separate and tend not to absorb one into another.

We work with entrepreneurs who care deeply about their customers and want to avoid seeing their business end up in the wrong hands. By providing a permanent home, we ensure your customers have confidence and stability long into the future. We’re committed to sustaining, building, and strengthening relationships for decades to come.

Our goal is to be the best permanent home for successful software businesses. Unlike traditional investment firms, we have no desire to resell your company down the road. We look to hold onto and grow our businesses for life.

All Banyan employees have access to growth opportunities across our portfolio of businesses. We believe that great software companies are only possible because of great people. Not only do we strive to minimize impact to your team post-acquisition, we also nurture a culture of professional and personal growth that helps strengthen your talent pool, improve employee satisfaction, and drive innovation.

Meet the team

If you own a successful education software business and are thinking about selling, Banyan could be the place for you. Our experienced team is available to answer your questions and explore if we’re the right fit for your business.

Allie Russell,
Corporate Development
Manager

Allie is passionate about building relationships and lifelong learning, driven from her past experience working in EdTech software. She has helped scale software businesses through sales and marketing and is focused on working with Education software businesses to find their next home.

Remus Leung,
M&A Director

With nearly a decade of experience of investing in, and working alongside, vertical market software companies, Remus supports founders at every stage of the transaction process. Coming from a family of educators, Remus is passionate about technology that can be leveraged by stakeholders to unlock insights and enhance student outcomes.

Max Risen,
Head of M&A

Max is a software-focused entrepreneurial accountant who leads the acquisition and post-merger integrations of our vertical market software businesses throughout Canada, US, Europe, and Australia. His passion for technology, finance, and business operations led him to transition from assurance and M&A advisory to working with founders throughout the sale process.

Darren Harris,
Operating Partner

Darren is focused on driving the performance and success of our businesses post-acquisition, influencing key strategic decisions and implementing best practices for growing industry-specific software companies. He is an experienced software executive having worked across multiple organizational disciplines including sales, finance, product marketing, and operations.

What makes
a Banyan business?

Our businesses generally meet these criteria:

  1. History of profitability with annual revenues greater than $2M
  2. Profitable with a high contribution of recurring revenue
  3. Market leadership with a strong, defensible position in a niche area
  4. Great customer relationships characterized by high retention and satisfaction rates
  5. Highly engaged team with happy, committed employees and low turnover

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your business

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