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GEDH

Employees
c. 200
Students
c. 9,000
Campuses
25
Status
Current
Country
France
Sector
Consumer
Entry
Feb-20
Fund
IK PF I

Leading group of higher education schools in communication, digital and creative studies

Founded in 1961, GEDH is an independent player in the private higher education sector, operating five reference schools – EFAP (Communication), ICART (Art and Culture Management), EFJ (Journalism), BRASSART (Digital Creation) and CESINE (Design, Marketing and Communication) – across 20 campuses in France and abroad.

Benefitting from a strong network of international partners from the corporate and academic world, GEDH has developed a unique pedagogy focused on professional exposure and work experience. The campuses have around 7,000 students and 30,000 alumni throughout the world.

IK Partners acquired a stake in GEDH from Quilvest Capital Partners and Amin Khiari, Chairman of GEDH in February 2020.

What Attracted Us to the Business

  • Steadily growing high education markets
  • Resilient and downside-protected business model
  • Strong management team
  • Track record of organic growth and bolt-on expansions

Our Value Creation Strategy

We are working alongside management to:

  • Sustain student enrolment through continued investment into sales, marketing and partnerships;
  • Drive organic growth through the extension of program offering and geographies;
  • Unlock synergies from recently acquired schools; and
  • Continue to drive market consolidation through selected add-ons and transformative acquisitions.

“Our Group has undergone a significant development phase over the past five years through a combination of organic growth, geographic expansion and external growth, increasing from 2,000 to nearly 7,000 students, from three to five schools and from five to twenty campuses. We are proud of these results, rewarding a continuous improvement strategy of both our programs and educational methods to offer an ever-better service and professional insertion to our students. The investment from IK will provide us with the necessary resources to pursue a next phase of growth in the coming years, in keeping with the identity and values of our schools.”

– Amin Khiari, Chairman

Investment Team

Thomas Grob

Partner
Paris

Thibaut Richard

Director
Paris