East Wind acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Acelero, Inc. (“Acelero”) in a strategic investment from a syndicate of mission-driven investors co-led by BlackRock’s Impact Opportunities Fund and The Builders Fund with participation by A-Street Ventures.
Acelero and its divisions Acelero Learning, Shine Early Learning, and Spark Learning Lab, are pioneers in early childhood education and family engagement services, serving over 150,000 children and their families across the United States through their work with state agencies, child care centers, home-based providers, private and public pre-K and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Together, the company serves the low-income population at scale and delivers unparalleled outcome gains in early childhood education.
BlackRock’s Impact Opportunities Fund seeks to improve economic outcomes for undercapitalized communities of color while uncovering compelling investment opportunities. The Builders Fund is focused on purpose-driven companies whose business models deliver positive social and environmental benefits. A-Street Ventures invests in innovative pre-K-12 student learning and achievement solutions for students, families and schools.
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