January 10, 2022
Gauge Capital Announces Strategic Investment in 7 Mindsets

Southlake, TX – Gauge Capital announces that it has partnered with the owners and management team of 7 Mindsets ( to provide growth capital and recapitalize the company. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, 7 Mindsets is a leading provider of social-emotional learning (“SEL”) curriculum and professional development to K-12 schools. The Company provides a custom-built, cloud-based platform that includes >370 unique lessons serving every grade in both English and Spanish. Emphasizing a mindsets-based approach for SEL, 7 Mindset’s research-backed methodology delivers sustainable results for educators and students.

“We are excited to partner with Gauge Capital to expand our impact and fulfill our mission. As we prepare for significant growth, we are honored to have an investment partner with educational expertise and a proven record of success. The team at Gauge shares our vision and embraces our commitment to empowering millions of students and educators to live their best lives” said Scott Shickler, Co-Founder and CEO of 7 Mindsets.

Tom McKelvey, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Gauge Capital, said, “We have been impressed with what Scott and the rest of the 7 Mindsets team have built and are excited about the Company’s mission to improve the well-being of students, teachers, and administrators alike. 7 Mindsets has established a reputation of excellence through its transformational social-emotional learning platform, and we look forward to achieving our shared vision for growth.”

As part of the investment, Tom McKelvey and Sam Smith from Gauge Capital have joined the Company’s Board of Directors. eighty2i, a growth services firm for entrepreneurs, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to 7 Mindsets on the transaction, and it will continue as 7 Mindset’s Interim CFO following the close.

About 7 Mindsets (

With complete courses of flexible, age-appropriate online curriculum for elementary, middle, high and virtual schools, 7 Mindsets is an easy-to-implement, proven, and transformational SEL program that has been established in schools across the U.S.


Gauge Capital is a private equity firm that partners with founders, managers and equity stakeholders of successful middle market companies to maximize their potential. Gauge invests in rapidly growing services and technology-enabled companies in the healthcare services, business services, industrial, consumer and food sectors. For more information, please contact Andrew Peix, Managing Director of Business Development at