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Leading German provider of offline and digital tutoring services for primary and secondary school students

Since its inception in 1974, Studienkreis (“the Company”) has developed into a leading provider of online and offline tutoring services in the German market. Studienkreis operates a dense network of over 1,000 learning centers, offering small group tutoring to around 60,000 primary and secondary school students across the DACH region, covering all common subjects as well as preparatory courses for pre-graduation exams.

The Company is a digital forerunner in the tutoring market, being the first to provide online tutoring since 2011 and offering market-leading digital services such as on-demand live chat support, thousands of award-winning digital learning videos and exercises as well as live digital classes.

IK Partners acquired Studienkreis from Aurelius Equity Opportunities in December 2017 and sold to GoStudent in June 2023.

Our Value Creation Strategy

During our ownership, we worked alongside the management team to:

  • Improve utilisation, performance and profitability of existing tutoring centres;
  • Continue to grow organically through the acquisition of new centres;
  • Expand into adjacent geographies and verticals; and
  • Continue driving a focused digitalisation strategy.

Responsibility/ESG Highlights

Studienkreis supports families in need with high discounts up to free-of-charge grants, also being a pillar of governmental program “Bildung-und-Teilhabe”, which aims to reduce disadvantages of hundreds of thousands of K12 students from less fortunate families. Studienkreis is also a supporter of local communities, supporting schools, clubs and initiatives and provided free-of-charge German learning class in the recent refugee crisis.

Quote from the Client

“Since our first meeting, it was clear the two companies shared a passion and belief that the future of learning is hybrid, and we believe technology is key to enabling that. GoStudent’s position in the online world, together with our strong brand and physical position in Germany, will create a blueprint for building individual, dynamic learning paths so each student can not only improve their grades but unlock their full potential. We are very excited to be part of this next phase of growth.”

Lorenz Haase, Chief Executive Officer, Studienkreis

Investment Team

IK Partners People - Nils Pohlmann

Nils Pohlmann

IK Partners People - Anders Petersson

Anders Petersson

Managing Partner, Healthcare Sector Lead