Capstone Headwaters advises Envision Experience on its acquisition by WorldStrides

Capstone Headwaters advised Envision Experience (“Envision”) on its acquisition by WorldStrides. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.   

Headquartered in Vienna, VA, Envision Experience is the nation’s leading provider of career exploration and leadership programs enabling students from elementary age through college to discover their passions, test-drive a career, and build a plan to achieve their aspirations. Their expertise in delivering quality immersive programming for students has earned them a strong reputation among parents and educators as a leader in academic enrichment programs. Envision will be a key part of WorldStrides’ efforts to offer both broad and deep opportunities for students to study all around the world. Their extensive program offerings will significantly expand WorldStrides’ current offerings for students enrolling as individuals, which include programs through Oxbridge Academic Programs, CBL and Honors Performance Series.

WorldStrides, headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, is the largest experiential learning and study abroad company in the United States. The company was founded in 1967 to provide middle school travel programs to Washington, D.C., and has grown to provide educational experiences for more than 400,000 students annually from more than 5,000 K12 schools and universities to over 100 countries around the world. The organization’s full suite of programs are tuned to learners at stages from elementary through post-graduate levels, and feature specializations like performing arts, sports and study abroad.

Since 2010, Capstone Headwaters has closed more than 30 transactions in the education and training vertical and has become one of the most highly awarded and sought-after investment banks in the United States.  

Duncan Young, Envision CEO said

“I could not be more excited that Envision is joining the WorldStrides team.  This enables us to dramatically expand our ability to help students reach their full potential. As an education-focused company with strong resources, WorldStrides is a wonderful fit for the long term.”

“Capstone Headwaters did a great job with our transaction. They showed fantastic knowledge of our market and ran a tight and competitive process.”

Jim Hall, WorldStrides CEO noted 

“WorldStrides will now have the ability to offer a wide range of follow-on experiences to our student travelers and Envision has the opportunity to positively impact the lives of more students.” 

Jacob Voorhees, Head of Capstone Headwater’s Education & Training practice, commented

“In today’s increasingly competitive academic environment, Envision programs provide enrollees with meaningful scholastic and leadership experiences that can help differentiate themselves from other students.” . 

Shawn Keenan, Director at Capstone Headwaters added

“Envision and WorldStrides are an ideal combination of business models that provide outside the classroom experiences that help students in college, career choices and life.  We couldn’t be happier for both teams on this successful transaction.”

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