The Blue Elephant team consists of experienced talents from the education industry and finance sectors. Combining industry expertise and know-hows in strategy and operation, experience handling of domestic and international fiancial services, and deep understandings of the global education network and relationships, our team has invested in more than 80 edtech and education companies.
Bill Ning 宁柏宇
Bill Ning founded Blue Elephant Capital in 2015, China's first venture capital institution focusing on education. He started his education investment career in 2014 at the strategic investment department of TAL (NYSE:TAL). So far, he has participated in more than 100 education investments.
Bill has 18+ years of experience in the operation and management of education companies. He founded Mobby and Xueersi English at TAL. He was also the first cohort of teacher trainers at New Oriental (NYSE:EDU). In addition to experience in product innovation, branding, distribution channel and strategy, Bill is also an expert in the localization of international education resources.
Stanford University Alumnus; BSc, Peking University; Board Member, PKUYCC
Veronica Zhou 周爽
Veronica is responsible for BE Capital's operations, post-investment management, refinancing, risk control and compliance. She had over 10 years of experience in capital operation, M&A, and technology strategy research in China, Canada, Europe, Israel, and Silicon Valley.
She once worked for Canadian government and public asset management companies (sovereign wealth fund), managing its $8 billion infrastructure and private equity investment portfolio. She once served as a director of the Western Canada CFA Association, an MBA tutor at Victoria University Business School, an instructor at Hundun University, and the translator of the Chinese version of Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen.
MSx, Stanford GSB; BBA, Tsinghua SEM
Jarod Xiao 肖锦博
Jarod Xiao is responsible for the technical evaluation of the education informatization projects. He also provides content resources and market channel support. He focuses on linking education products with schools and keeps a close collaboration with BE’s portfolio companies in terms of market-entry into public schools.
He worked as the Director of R&D and Vice President at Renren.com, tizi.com and zxxk.com. With over 10 years of experience focusing on public schools and corporate channel services, he is an expert on the R&D of educational products and product evaluation for entering schools.
MSc, Peking University
Fred Qiu 邱彦峰
At BE Capital, Fred Qiu is in charge of the investment of Business-to-Customer startups. For the past five years, he has invested in and provided post-investment services for over 30 education startups, including Timing, Sida Camp, Ziyue Chinese, Dodoro, Hualala and WESCHOOL. He is proficient in market analysis, MVP design and product innovation.
BF, Peking University, School of Economics
Jing Chen 陈晶
At BE Capital, Jing Chen is in charge of the investment of informatization, vocational education, and educational technology startups. She has invested in and provided post-investment services for over a dozen startups, including HexFuture, Bibofood and Decibel Works. She has passed the CPA and the national judicial examination, specializing in the legal framework and refinancing design of small enterprises.
ML, Tsinghua University, School of Law
Joey Jiao 焦念韬
At BE Capital, Joey Jiao focuses on investing in and providing post-investment services for international education and education technology startups. He also has broad connections in the edtech arena. Experienced in teaching, product development and operation, he was a renowned teacher at New Oriental School and served as the CEO assistant at Hujiang Edtech.
MEd, Harvard University
Yifan Jiang 蒋奕凡
Beijing Office Manager
Yifan Jiang is in charge of the daily operations at the Beijing office of BE Capital. He also manages the financial procedures of BE Capital’s fundraising and investment processes. Prior to his arrival at BE Capital, he worked as a manager at the Personal Loan Department at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China .
BSc, Singapore Institute of Management，Awarded by University of London
Evelyn Yang 杨笑雪
Senior Operations Manager
Evelyn Yang is in charge of the post-investment management of BE’s portfolio companies. She also oversees BE Capital's industry relationships. Prior to her arrival at BE Capital, she had entrepreneurial experience in the education industry. As a former headhunter from Michael Page International Group, she is adept in talent recruitment and team management for startups.
BSc, University of Warwick, WBS
Viki Zhang 张洁
Senior PR Manager
Viki Zhang manages BE Capital's media exposure and online communities. Prior to her arrival at BE Capital, she was responsible for the online media operations and brand management at a publicly traded venture firm. With experience in brand management and digital marketing, she has offered PR service to over 300 early startups and built up plenty of helpful marketing and media relationships across the industry.
BA, Shandong University of Science and Technology