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Mission Statement

To improve lives through innovations in education


Bisk Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating growth for EdTech startups. We invest in best of breed, innovative technology solutions, products and services across the value chain of digital learning. Founded in 2015 by Mike Bisk, Bisk Ventures has invested in more than 20 companies that are engaged in the transformation of educational engagement, access and effectiveness in the higher education and corporate learning space. Our mission is to improve lives through innovations in education. To learn more, visit

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Mike Bisk

Founder and President

Mike Bisk is the Founder and President of Bisk Ventures. He founded the firm in 2015 to help bridge the gap between education and technology.

A leader in the edtech industry, Mike is the CEO of Bisk, the nation’s leading online program management company, where he has dedicated more than 30 years to helping universities deliver exceptional online education to students around the world.

A regular speaker, panelist and judge at edtech events across the country and strategic advisor to the 40+ companies he has invested in, Mike is passionate about providing the best learning experiences for students and educators.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and an MBA Executive Certificate from Tulane University. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Institute of Technology.


George Straschnov

Managing Director

George is the Managing Director of Bisk Ventures. He serves as an active advisor to the Firm’s portfolio in matters related to strategy, development, and product, as well as fund raising and access to the global ed tech industry investor network. He serves on advisory boards at education technology accelerators including Michelson 20MM, USC Rossier Edventures, WISE and Eduspaze, and is a regular speaker, mentor and startup judge at industry events including ASU/GSV and EdTech Week.

Prior to joining Bisk Ventures, George spent 12 years at Bisk as Chief Strategy Officer and VP Business Development, focusing on product and new customer relationships with university leadership, as well as overseeing legal and regulatory matters as General Counsel.

Prior to Bisk, he founded several early Internet startups, practiced as a commercial litigator and served as an assistant county attorney.

George earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in literature from Colgate and Georgetown Universities, respectively, and a JD from Valparaiso University School of Law. He’s currently a Venturer in Residence at the Viterbi Center for Engineering in Education at USC.

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George Straschnov
Managing Director