Secondary fundraising for WaterBear Education

HMT advised the shareholders of WaterBear Education Ltd on their secondary fundraising. Maven Capital Partners provided a follow on investment to support the business’ digital strategy.

WaterBear is a private college working in partnership with a University offering Master of Arts and BA (Hons) Degree programmes to creative people. WaterBear’s industry-connected creative courses are accredited and validated by the University of Chichester. Its innovative syllabus delivers a blended learning programme, both online and on site, with a key emphasis on preparing students for employment, developing contacts and opportunities and offering industry connectivity as an integral part of the courses.

WaterBear’s management team is composed of highly experienced management professionals in the UK private music education industry who have a proven track record over 20 years in this sector and have set up and run highly successful colleges.

The college is run by Bruce Dickinson and Adam Bushell who were successful touring musician and recording artists before focusing on music education.

HMT advised on WaterBear’s fundraising in 2018 that saw Maven invest £1.1 million in the business. WaterBear will use Maven’s follow on investment to support their digital strategy.

HMT provided lead advisory services to the shareholders of WaterBear on the fundraising.

Bruce Dickinson, Shareholder of Waterbear commented:

 “We at WaterBear Education, in partnership with Maven Capital, are committed to redefining the model for music education. Innovation, quality and authenticity define the brand and we are delighted with the progress we have made to date. The team spirit between our investment partners, WaterBear and our advisers HMT has been integral to the success of the venture. This is just the start- we look forward of to many years developing the business and the brand and most importantly bringing innovation into creative higher education for our customers on the BA Hons and Masters degree programmes.”

Andrew Thomson commented:

“We are delighted to have once again assisted Bruce on another transaction. With the management team experience and their innovative business model designed to address a clear gap in this exciting market, Waterbear is in a good position to achieve their ambitious growth plans.”



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