Aanand Radia is a Managing Director at University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Aanand was a private equity investor at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, where he focused on Financial Services and Special Situations. Prior to BlackRock, Aanand worked at EdisonLearning (formerly Edison Schools), an early pioneer in the charter school movement and later a diversified K-12 education technology and services company, where he focused on corporate strategy, business development, and new product and finance initiatives. While at Edison, Aanand helped to develop an alternative education product offering delivered through a hybrid/blended learning environment. Aanand started his career at Patriot Capital, a middle market private equity firm, where he made investments across a broad range of industries. Aanand received his B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Aanand focuses on opportunities in student finance and education to employment pathways. Aanand leads or has co-led the firm’s investments in Galvanize, Revature, Avenica, PrepMD, Vemo Education, as well as a number of the firm’s seed investments including ParagonOne, DesignLab, Shortlist, CareAcademy, Mpower, Meritize.