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Capstone Headwaters Advises Envision Experience on its Acquisition by WorldStrides

October 2018

Boston, MA –  Capstone Headwaters, a leading international investment banking firm, 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.

“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,” added Duncan Young, Envision CEO. “As an education-focused company with strong resources, WorldStrides is a wonderful fit for the long term.”

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.

“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,” noted Jim Hall, WorldStrides CEO.

“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.” said Jacob Voorhees, Head of Capstone Headwater’s Education & Training practice.  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.”

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.  Our unique capabilities within the education industry have been utilized by industry leaders as well as the leading private equity firms within the market.  Capstone Headwaters is a leading investment banking firm dedicated to serving the corporate finance needs of middle market business owners, investors and creditors. The firm provides merger & acquisition, private placement, corporate restructuring and financial advisory services across 16 industry verticals to meet the life cycle needs of privately held companies. Headquartered in Boston, Capstone Headwaters has 19 offices in the US, UK and Brazil with a global reach that includes over 300 professionals in 33 countries. For more information, visit www.capstoneheadwaters.com. 

Industry Experience

Education & Training

Lead Professionals

Jacob Voorhees

Head of M&A

Shawn Keenan

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