Matthias heads Digital Education and is responsible for all investments and strategic development.
He has broad experience in the digital markets ranging from VC investing , interim management to founding and selling tutoria.de. Prior to this, he invested in early and later stage online businesses at Holtzbrinck and advised on M&A transactions. He started his career at Stern Stewart & Co. consulting on Shareholder Value Management.
Matthias holds MBA degrees from the University of Mannheim and Portland State University. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the German-National-Academic Foundation.
Sebastian Peck joined Digital Education in early 2012 as Finance Director. Sebastian is responsible for the financial management of the group and its investment portfolio, and also oversees institutional sales and the organizational development of this fast-growing business. He and his team manage all aspects of the execution of investments and offer strategic and financial analysis to the senior management teams of the portfolio businesses. Sebastian sits on the boards of Symplectic Ltd, Figshare LLP and Altmetric LLP.
Sebastian has an extensive background in corporate finance and the media sector. He previously worked in the TMT advisory team of UBS Investment Bank, for German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG and the Boston Consulting Group.
He holds a BA in History from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy with Distinction from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from London Business School.
In his spare time, he’s an avid reader, enjoys good food and wine, and likes to play golf and squash.
Timothy joined Digital Education in early 2012. He focuses on driving early stage technology investments and business development for the division.
Prior to Digital Education, he worked on a number of transactions in the TMT sector with Quayle Munro and held roles in business development, marketing and finance with Mazars in both London and Singapore.
He holds a BSc in Natural Sciences (Physics & Economics) from the University of Durham. He is a passionate athlete, representing the UK at the Triathlon World Championships.
Malcolm joined Digital Education in November 2012, as Senior UK Finance and Operations Manager, a role he also performs for Digital Science.
He is a Chartered Accountant, obtaining that status officially in March 2002 after training with Deloitte & Touche for three years in their Assurance and Advisory team. He subsequently worked in supply chain for seven years within Hays Logistics, ACR Logistics and Kuehne & Nagel working in varying roles from Financial Accountant, Internal Auditor to Financial Controller. After that he moved into manufacturing and from there catering; in both occasions as head of finance.
When Malcolm was much younger he studied at Southampton University, obtaining first class degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1998.
When not at work, and not spending time with his two young daughters, Malcolm enjoys reading, being outdoors and the occasional run.
Marko heads Digital Education Development Centre in Romania.
He has broad experience in different technical areas (web, mobile, enterprise) and worked with different technologies and programming methodologies (waterfall, scrum, kanban).
Marko joined Digital Education in 2012 and was responsible for setting up our office in Romania, Timisoara where we now have 4 cross-functional Scrum teams helping our portfolio companies develop their businesses. He previously worked for Océ a Cannon Company and Microsoft.
Outside of work Marko is passionate about Serbian folk dances, movies and last but not least photography.
Dave joined Digital Education in September, 2013 as Marketing Director, a joint role which also covers our other division Digital Science.
With an extensive career in online marketing stretching back to the mid 90’s, Dave has worked for major brands including Amazon, Yahoo and Stepstone. More recently he worked for a social games start-up Zattikka, before joining Digital Education. In addition to the in-house roles – Dave ran his own ecommerce and marketing consultancy for many years and worked on a diverse range of projects including online travel, fashion, finance and education.
Outside of work he loves football (Liverpool), books (is writing a novel), movies, especially science fiction and is an aspiring amateur photographer, (www.westkeyphotography.com). But most of his time is taken up with family life and his partner with five children between them (part-time taxi driver).
Alex is Matthias Ick’s PA, ensuring the smooth running of the office. She also supports Dave Mutton, Prashant Raizada and Simon Walsh.
Sophie joined Digital Education in November 2013 as an investment analyst, a role she also performs for Digital Science.
She just graduated from Panthéon-Assas-Sorbonne Universités with a masters in finance, after doing internships in M&A advisory, financial analysis and management accounting. She is no stranger to the world of technology, having taken part in the creation of a mobile application while studying abroad in California.
She is also up for new adventures, the most recent including learning snowboarding in London and preparing for a mud run.
Michelle joined the Digital Education team in March 2013 as a Management Accountant. She is from Cape Town, South Africa and has lived in London for almost 5 years.
She holds a BCom degree, and is finalising her studies to become a Chartered Management Accountant. She has previously worked in the Publishing industry for Euromoney Institutional Investor; in FMCG for Fullers, Smith & Turner and in the Telecommunications Industry for TATA Communications.
She loves the sunshine, outdoors, BBQ’s and red wine. Apart from studying, in her free time Michelle enjoys running, hiking and mountain biking.
Digital Education is a risk-tolerant strategic investor with a pragmatic approach to co-investment. We are an active early stage investor, providing capital to promising start ups from the seed stage onwards
An experienced, risk tolerant team
Growth equity for B2C Online Education products
“hands on” approach, actively seeking to realise synergies with existing investments and Macmillan’s broader assets
Global with an emerging markets focus
We help businesses to become more successful using our strong assets
We are a strategic investor, but flexible to partner with exit-oriented investors
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