Boardingware

Simple Boarding School Software

Shareholding: 28.6%
First Investment: February 2015

Boardingware helps boarding schools manage their students’ movements and pastoral care, replacing stacks of paper, email trails and other cumbersome systems. It allows students, boarding masters and parents to easily request, approve and track absences, such as weekend leave. And it records events, discipline issues and positive feedback on students, making those reports a lot easier to compile.

The global niche for boarding schools is pretty narrow, but it is certainly large enough to build a significant business. The product is used by over 150 elite schools across the globe, particularly in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. They have some of the world’s best schools as clients and lead the market with their end-user focussed design process and product.

Created by Paul Organ and Kurt Meyer (Kurt was a boarder at an Auckland school), the SaaS application is tightly targeted at a global niche. Paul and Kurt understand the boarding master, student and parent requirements very well, and are seen as the authentic insiders when they call on schools.

Boardingware has been one of our fastest growing Portfolio Companies. The last investment event was Punakaiki Fund’s second investment in July 2015. LWCM assistance has primarily focused on international and domestic sales, financial management, and responding to unsolicited merger and acquisition proposals.

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