Unlocking human potential through education technology.

About Rethink Education

Our mission is to unlock the full human potential of people who have been marginalized or underserved by investing in impactful education technology companies. We want to help people thrive in their work, their personal lives, and their civic engagement.

We focus on helping those who are low income, cognitively or physically different, deskless workers and the underemployed, the incarcerated, refugees and other immigrants, the elderly, and those who experience persecution because of their race, gender, sexuality, or any other aspect of their identities.

OUR STRATEGY

We seek to transform the way that people learn. Learning experiences need to become less passive, less rigid, and less shame-based, and more inclusive, more joyful, more meaningful, and more centered on the needs of learners.

We believe that education at every level should combine the joy and playfulness of preschool, the intense collaborative experimentation of a hackathon, and the deep, self-guided exploration of a doctoral program.

We are looking for companies that can have a transformative effect on calcified institutions, communities, and value systems. For over a decade, we have invested in tools and technologies that increase access to learning, leading to profound change for individuals, families, and communities.

We seek companies that partner with school systems, employers, and large education operators to deliver solutions at scale that help ensure the best resources serve all students, regardless of socioeconomic background. Through our close partnership with CEOs, thought leaders, and other key stakeholders, we are working to change the educational landscape.

We typically enter companies at the Seed and Series A stage, or occasionally at the Pre-Seed or Series B stage.

Our Investment Verticals

Pre-K-12

Building foundations for lifelong learning and skills development.

Higher Education

Making post-secondary pathways more accessible and outcomes-oriented.

Workforce +
Lifelong Learning

Upskilling our most critical workers and helping them live a life of purpose.

Our Impact

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Meet the Team

Matt Greenfield

Founder & Managing Partner

Matt Greenfield serves as the Founder & Managing Partner of Rethink Education with Andre Bennin. Matt sits on the boards of Allovue, CareAcademy, GetSetUp, Major League Hacking, and Stellic. His non-profit affiliations include the board of Southern New Hampshire University.

Matt co-founded Rethink First, a SaaS business focused on children with special needs.

Matt received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from Yale University, where he won five academic prizes and fellowships from the Mellon and Whiting Foundations and served on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. He taught at Bowdoin College, where he served on the committee overseeing admissions, helped launch an interdisciplinary learning community program for first-year students, taught in the teacher preparation program, and taught graduate classes in literature to teachers from the New York City public schools.

Andre Bennin

Managing Partner

Andre Bennin serves as Managing Partner of Rethink Education where he is a key player in both firm strategy and leading investments: actively shaping the portfolio, positioning, and thesis. He previously served as Managing Partner of Juvo Ventures. Before that, he came from Strada Education Network, where he was a Managing Director of Corporate Development, working as investment lead on several direct minority, control, and fund investments. While at Strada, Dre served on the boards of Authess, Cell-Ed, BridgeEdu, and Roadtrip Nation. In addition, he was an advisory board member of Kenzie Academy and GSV Ventures.

Prior to rejoining Strada in 2018, Dre served as Senior Operations Director for the Office of the Governor of Indiana, Eric J. Holcomb, where he managed the economic and workforce development and infrastructure portfolios. In this role, he provided oversight and direction to seven state agencies. He also helped spearhead the creation of the state’s $250 million new investment vehicle, the Next Level Fund. Dre previously worked on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary for the staff of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Dre originally joined Strada in 2013 as Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to the CEO, playing an integral role in the organization’s transition to its mission of completion with a purpose.

Dre was recognized in Savoy Magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America. He brings a breadth of experience in investing, operations, and policy. Dre earned his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and his Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University. Dre was born in Côte d’Ivoire to two Ghanaian parents and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he loves to read, watch and play sports, and spend time with his family. Dre is a native French and Twi speaker.

Ebony Brown

Partner

Ebony is a Partner at Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on education technology. Brown, who joined Rethink Education in February 2019, has been a vital part of the team, pioneering Rethink Equity, a $5mm carveout to invest in underrepresented people of color, optimizing portfolio support during the pandemic by connecting CEOs to customers at scale, and unlocking new networks to improve deal flow. Brown is also a Board Director of Rethink Education portfolio companies AllHere and Anthill AI. Outside of her work at Rethink Education, Brown helped form the Mosaic Fellowship Program at Impact Capital Managers as a co-lead of their working Group on Talent & Diversity.

Before joining Rethink Education, she was the Director of US Ventures at Village Capital, where she was responsible for finding and supporting US start-ups for the fund’s five sectors. While in business school, Ebony was Education Director for Social Venture Fund. Previously, Ebony spent time in her hometown of Detroit, managing charter schools at New Urban Learning and began her career as an Account Strategist at Google. Ebony holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.

Bridget Duru

Senior Associate

Bridget Duru serves as an Senior Associate on the investment team at Rethink Education. Prior to joining the firm in January 2022, Bridget spent two years at EY-Parthenon, focusing on commercial due diligence for companies in the consumer and education sectors. Bridget graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies.

Monique Malcolm-Hay

Senior Associate

Prior to joining Rethink Education, Monique began her career as a consultant before joining the early team of Future Fit AI, where she loved supporting the 0 to 1 stage of company building.

Monique graduated from Stanford University with an MBA and MA in Education and led Stanford GSB’s Impact Fund as the Chief Investor Officer. In that role she enjoyed investing in and supporting mission driven founders.

Michael Walden

Investment Committee Member

Michael Walden serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Rethink Capital Partners, where he oversees the launch, development and operations of the Rethink Capital Partners venture strategies. Michael also serves as the President & Co-Managing Partner of Rethink Community. Since joining the firm in 2011, he has led the development and launch of four Rethink Capital Partners strategies and developed the firm’s operating division. He is a member of the Investment Committee for Rethink Education, Rethink Impact, Rethink Community and Rethink Healthcare Real Estate.

Michael brings over 25 years of experience establishing, operating and growing businesses in a variety of industries. This includes operating positions in venture-funded growth companies in the technology and telecommunications sectors.

Michael began his career in Washington, D.C. serving on the legislative staff of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. Mr. Walden received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond.

Tammy Mank Wincup

Investment Committee Member

Tammy serves as an Investment Committee Member for Rethink Education. Tammy is President & Chief Commercial Officer, Revolution Foods. Before that, Tammy was the founding President of Protocol, a media company covering the power center of tech. Founded as a part of POLITICO Media Group and sold to Axel Springer Media in 2021, Tammy grew Protocol from a pre-launch idea to a dominant player in the tech media space with a growing editorial team supported by a thriving advertising model.

In 2019, Tammy was a Senior Advisor to The RISE Fund. The RISE Fund is a $2 billion global impact fund led by private equity firm TPG in collaboration with a group of renowned stakeholders including U2 lead singer Bono. During her time, Tammy led the go-to-market revenue strategy for a TPG portfolio company.

From 2010 to 2019, Tammy was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at EVERFI, the leading education technology company focused on using digital learning to teach learners of all ages critical skills. As COO, Tammy oversaw EVERFI’s 600 team members; led the development of national and global corporate partnerships; oversaw the development of EVERF’s digital learning technology platform; and spearheaded the implementation of that technology in over 21,000 K-12 schools and 1500 college campuses, and supporting the over 4,000 corporate customers that purchased the technology. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is a venture-backed company with investments from TPG, The RISE Fund, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Twitter Founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.

After September 11th, 2001, Tammy was appointed to the U.S. Department of State, where she helped develop and manage the Middle East Partnership Initiative, a $300 million fund focused on economic and education foreign assistance to the Middle East. In 2006, she refocused in the U.S. working with leading companies on growth business plans.

Early in her career, Tammy worked in South Africa and Egypt leading economic growth and democracy projects for Price Waterhouse’s International Strategy Group. She returned to the United States to run customer success for a technology start-up in San Francisco, and at Diamond Technology Partners, a public company focused on helping Fortune 500 companies innovate with technology.

Tammy is a Pahara Aspen Institute Fellow, a competitive program for leaders. She is also active on a number of education non-profit boards in Washington, D.C.

Amy Nelson

Operating Partner

Amy Nelson serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Rethink Capital Partners where she oversees the firm’s development of new strategies and supports growth and operations across the platform. Prior to Rethink, she spent eight years at Venture For America, an organization that selects, trains, and supports the next generation of entrepreneurs, including four years serving as CEO.

Amy has also held business development positions at B Lab, Relief International, and Cambodian Children’s Fund. Amy sits on the boards of the Vivvi, West Harlem Innovation Network, Partners for Justice, Generation Citizen, and Safe Haven Medical Outreach in Cambodia.

Amy is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Michelle Dervan

Venture Partner

Michelle Dervan serves as a Venture Partner for Rethink Education.Pior to joining Rethink Education, Michelle was a Director of Strategic Partnerships at Pearson Education where she focused on sourcing and structuring partnership deals with large and small tech companies. She previously held a number of education, edtech and economic development roles at Irish government agency, Enterprise Ireland. She is actively interested in education policy and workforce development initiatives. She volunteers as an Organizer of the NYEdtech Meetup, as a Mentor with YearUp and serves as a NextGen Board Member of NY Collaborates for Autism, a nonprofit that designs innovative programs to improve the lives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Michelle has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies, French and Russian from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Our Portfolio

For over a decade, we have built an inspirational portfolio of companies run by a diverse group of founders and CEOs.

Facilitates the ongoing professional and personal development of Arab teachers through distance learning solutions.
Breaking barriers and healing young minds with accessible, inclusive and comprehensive mental healthcare.
Builds AI tools that help overworked K-12 teachers fight burnout and save time.
Intelligent platform to optimize student enrollment and retention in real-time.
Realistic work assignments to show hiring managers who can excel at the job from day one.
The best-in-class online education platform that transforms the way we train essential caregivers.
Talent Pipeline Data. Delivered.
Acquired
Training aspiring health coaches and enabling existing coaches to expand their practice areas with focus on practical skills.
Lightens the mental load of family schedule management and task delegation.
Every child deserves to read at grade level.
A stealth startup upskilling frontline workers and unlocking opportunities for them.
Provides virtual small group reading intervention to children with indications of dyslexia or other significant reading difficulties.
With PeerTeach, every student gets 1-on-1 help from a peer.
Low interest education loan providers for students' education, career, and skills development.
The ultimate leadership toolkit designed to help managers understand what makes their employees tick.
Identifies the right academic experts in 24 hours to help organizations build and grow.
Full time jobs for part-time workers.
The new way to job search.
Partners with lenders to optimize student loan repayment plans, enabling clients to achieve their homeownership aspirations and other financial goals.
Talent software for the deskless workforce.
Futureproof your workforce through education.
Getting EV charging stations and people back to work!
Helping purposeful brands drive equitable career outcomes through mentorship.
Connecting African digital designers with U.S. companies for remote work.
Powering access to real-world coding experiences and world-class tech companies.
A live, accredited, virtual high school.
A talent solutions technology company creating data science competitions, assessments and training.
GetSetUp is on a mission to help those over 55 learn new skills, connect with others, and unlock new life experiences.
Academic Sharing Platform for Higher Ed students to take classes across institutions.
Innovative "fee-for-service" model for OPMs (online program management).
Exceptional child care and early learning for today's families.
Innovative technology to upskill and empower language learners for the jobs of the future.
Empowering innovative institutions with student-centered technology.
AI-powered reading coach on a mission to help every student become a motivated and masterful reader.
Acquired
The digital forms, payments and communication platform for connecting schools and parents.
Deploys live learning at scale to power behavior change, human connection and continuous growth.
Sharing data responsibly, securely, and ethically is a challenge.
The smart way to launch your college career.
Acquired
Next generation of standardized testing.
Addressing training and employment challenges in the healthcare industry.
Health and wellness education platform helping students thrive in the world.
An online learning platform that teaches job-critical software skills through interactive project-based learning and real-world simulations.
Revolutionizing access to 360° VR learning experiences.
Helping higher ed institutions to improve retention and graduation rates through tech-enabled mentorship programs.
Acquired
Creating greater price and value transparency in higher education.
Engagement platform that makes it easy for colleges and businesses to start and measure conversations that drive action at scale.
Helping employers provide tuition-free education, skilling, and career mobility to their workforce.
Partnering with colleges to provide a virtual learning. center for students, including a range of interventions that help students to stay on track.
Acquired
Real-time formative assessment and student response system for digital classrooms.
Helping students to learn 3D design skills in an engaging way using AR and VR.
Acquired
Enterprise training program translating important work knowledge into lessons that accelerate productivity.
A platform where people can start infant and toddler programs and preschools out of their homes.
Acquired
Reimagining higher education for the tech sector.
Acquired
Building businesses transforming higher education.
Acquired
A micro-learning platform designed to help employees retain information needed to perform well on the job.
AI-powered text messaging solution that reinvents school-to-family communication.
Preparing students for entry-level sales roles at tech companies through virtual training and mentorship.
Refining real-world skills through short online courses for those in the creative and digital industry.
Acquired
Virtual assistant for independent educations and tutors.
Enabling teachers and education professionals to create smart, flexible master schedules.
Acquired
Bringing coding to your students through the most engaging curriculum and learning environment.
Acquired
A Continuing Education Program Manager (CEPM) for the world’s leading universities.
Improving K-12 students' grammar by personalizing content to engage each student.
Online learning programs that enhance student-faculty engagement, lower costs and leverage opportunities for collaboration.
Acquired
MissionU offers a one-year program that gives students the skills and experience needed to launch a successful career.  
The world's most robust labor market analytics guiding businesses, educators, and communities through complex talent and workforce challenges.
Acquired
Online training focused on skill development in software, IT administration and web security.
Acquired
Global education provider that applies the science of learning to create innovative solutions to improve education outcomes around the world.
Acquired
Partnering with top colleges and universities to bring their degree programs and courses online.
Patented digital learning platform creating highly engaging and effective personalized English courses at scale using leveled content from everyday media sources.
Acquired
Offering affordable, self-paced, high quality online general education courses for college credit.
Provides student loans to high-achieving, low-income students lacking access to traditional credit sources.
Acquired
Collecting, tracking and showcasing achievements through a digital portfolio to enable continued success.
Acquired
Helping general and neurodiverse populations live healthier, happier, more productive lives through solutions that change the face of behavioral health.
Acquired
Next generation operating system that turns any computer into a Chromebook.
Provides continuing medical education to practicing physicians.
Acquired
Finding, organizing, and managing educational content and analyzing efficacy and student engagement.
Acquired
Making K-12 learning visible.
Acquired
Where thinkers become creators in the new economy.
Acquired
Helping students master academic content and boil core literacy skills.
Acquired
Online learning platform for critical life skills.
Acquired
Connect the right learning resources to the right students at the right time.
Acquired
Help English language learners realize their highest aspirations.
Blended Learning Solutions for the K-12 Market place.
A lifelong learning platform built for today's workers.
Acquired
Providing transparency and accountability to the emerging marketplace of coding bootcamp providers.
A student success intelligence platform for colleges and universities.
A business intelligence platform for K-12 school and district operations.
Supporting national and state governments by creating powerful technology-enabled education systems.
Acquired
Software that helps districts connect their budgetary spending to student outcomes.
The career-readiness platform for all justice-impacted individuals to attain a living wage career.

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