IU Group

Sector
Education
Fund
Fund III
Year
2017
Location
Germany
Status
Current

IU Group is the largest and fastest growing university group in Germany.

Key facts

Germany

85k+

students

Campuses

40+

locations

Students

70%

from non-academic households

IU Group (formerly CPG) is the fastest-growing university group in Germany with over 85,000 students

IU Group

Four types of study programs

Students are enrolled across four types of program: online degree courses, part-time studies, dual studies (private on-site education in cooperation with corporate partners) and on-campus studies.

Our investment 

We acquired a majority stake in the company in November 2017, partnering with the entrepreneurial management team to acquire the business in a carve-out from Apollo Education Group, a leading US-corporate in the higher education space.

Quote Sven Schütt

Oakley is a highly entrepreneurial and nimble partner in a period of tremendous growth for IU Group.

Sven Schütt

CEO IU Group

Market dynamics

The market for online and dual studies degrees continues to grow rapidly. As a digitally native business, IU Group has benefited from growing demand for quality, accessible education, often delivered online. The Group delivered student intake CAGR of 63% between 2019 and 2021.

Democratizing access to education

IU’s tech innovations underpin a scalable model offering affordable degrees to students.

The Group is helping expand access to tertiary education for underserved groups: 70% of students come from non-academic households, and a new CSR initiative, the Study Access Alliance, aims to offer 100,000 scholarships to students across Africa.

Meanwhile, the Group’s corporate network and focus on tech degrees is helping to address Europe’s skills gap and a lack of digital talent.

Our origination network helps us source investments others cannot. Often, we are the first institutional investor in our portfolio companies.

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