Deal announcement - Impero
1 May 2014
We are delighted to announce the completion of the Management Buy-out of Impero which is the leading e-safety, classroom, network and user management software provider based in the UK.
Clients of Connection Capital committed £4m to a combined debt and equity package alongside independent UK bank BLME.
- Investment date: May 2014
- Commitment size: £4m
- Number of investors: 91
- EIS eligible
- Legal advisers to Connection Capital: Gateley
- Financial due diligence: Baker Tilly
- Commercial due diligence: Latitude
Connection Capital has backed the CEO of the business, Jon Valentine, who is the founder and original architect of the software, to acquire the remaining two thirds of the business from his two partners. Jon will lead the company into the next phase of its development, supported by an able management team which has been significantly strengthened during the investment process.
Impero was founded in 2002 and is a fast growing software business which has developed a comprehensive package solution for schools, colleges and universities offering flexible networking and e-safety functionality together with powerful classroom management software solutions designed to promote a better, safer and more dynamic learning environment.
Its core product, Impero Education Pro, offers real-time visibility of users’ computers in one central view, allowing teachers better control of the classroom and of pupil behaviour. It gives them the ability to monitor performance; ensuring that pupils remain focused on set tasks whilst also monitoring or blocking access to websites, folders, applications, hardware and games.
Impero has also worked closely with organisations including the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Beat and students themselves to develop a dictionary of abusive terms and ‘urban slang’ that can be monitored to indicate inappropriate behaviour. The program scans pupils’ messages for any words or acronyms deemed inappropriate and then sends a report of violations to teachers. It also includes a new e-safety feature called ‘Confide’ which gives students a voice with which to report internet violations or bullying concerns, confidentially.
Impero Education Pro is already being used on approximately 700,000 workstations in schools in 181 local authorities across the UK with significant scope for further growth. The business boasts sales in 37 other international markets, including the US where the company’s software is already used on nearly 200,000 workstations and where it aims to match its 25% UK market share
within four years.
If you are interested in receiving more information about future investment opportunities and are not yet a client of Connection Capital, please contact Steve Wilson.