Kaizen Management Advisors Pvt. Ltd., a private equity firm focused on the education sector has successfully raised $42 Million (about ₹285 Crores) from five investors including institutions and strategic education companies. The company said that it has marked the first close of its second fund – Kaizen Private Equity II.

However, the PE firm is aiming to raise $125 Million for this fund while earlier raising was close to $70 Million. The firm has made its first investment from the funds raised in the second round and invested in Hyderabad-based INSOFE (International School of Engineering).

The same is a professional skill training institute with a prime focus on data sciences and big data analytics. However, the amount of the deal enclosed was not disclosed in the media.

“This synergy adds immense value and brings in the needed direction and capital for global expansion. We are also launching a full-time program soon and the expansion plans include cities both in India and abroad,” INSOFE founder Dakshinamurthy V. Kolluru said to Livemint.

He further added, “The expansion plans involve setting up a research environment on par with global leaders, on-boarding world-class faculty to join INSOFE team and also ensuring excellence in applied engineering education for our students with world-class standards,”

“Our locally situated team members have a combination of operations and investment experience and are geared to work closely with local institutions to help them solidify their market leadership positions,” said Sandeep Aneja, managing partner at Kaizen.

Kaizen was founded back in 2009 as an education-focused private investment fund manager. Since then, the firm has been investing in India and Southeast Asia. The first fund—Kaizen I—was launched in 2010 raising capital for equity investment from International Finance Corporation, Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets, HDFC India, UBS Fund of Funds and Bertelsmann.