By Family Education Network

closed 5/20/2015 via PE Hub

Sandbox & Co., acquired Family Education Network

synopsis: Sandbox & Co., an industry-focused investor committed to building businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors, has acquired Family Education Network (FEN) from Pearson. FEN is an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
Sandbox is an industry-focused investor committed to building and supporting businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors. Founded in 2014, the partners of Sandbox have a long track-record of acquiring, transforming and scaling businesses and brands internationally. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Family Education Network
Family Education Network is the best of the Internet's content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids. The company's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
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closed 2/26/2004 via PR Newswire

Schoolpop, Inc., acquired Schoolcash.com

synopsis: BarPoint.com, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BPNT), owner of Schoolpop, America's #1 Year Round School Support Program, announced its asset acquisition of SchoolCash, previously Schoolpop's top rival in the school-based affiliate shopping segment, from Family Education Network.
buyer parent: Rakuten Inc.
buyer: Schoolpop, Inc.
Schoolpop brings together store, catalog and online merchants with parents and the community to raise money for K-12 schools and youth organizations nationwide. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Schoolcash.com
SchoolCash.com is an online shopping site dedicated to school fundraising. We were founded in 1999 by former school-related marketing executives and parents who were interested in using the Internet to provide schools with an easy and effective fundraising program that would also appeal to parents.
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closed 5/20/2015 via PE Hub

Sandbox & Co., acquired Family Education Network

synopsis: Sandbox & Co., an industry-focused investor committed to building businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors, has acquired Family Education Network (FEN) from Pearson. FEN is an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
Sandbox is an industry-focused investor committed to building and supporting businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors. Founded in 2014, the partners of Sandbox have a long track-record of acquiring, transforming and scaling businesses and brands internationally. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Family Education Network
Family Education Network is the best of the Internet's content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids. The company's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
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closed 10/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd., acquired Paper Boat Apps

synopsis: Nazara Technologies, a leading mobile games publisher in India, has acquired a 51% stake in Paper Boat Apps, a Mumbai-based indie studio that creates fun edutainment apps for children. Paper Boat Apps' flagship product, Kiddopia, is a subscription-based app that provides creative activities for math, language skills, social skills and more.
buyer: Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Nazara is a leading mobile games publisher focused on the large mobile consumer base in India and other emerging markets. In addition to publishing a range of branded and original mobile games, Nazara also runs gaming subscription service across 60 countries. "
target: Paper Boat Apps
Paper Boat Apps is a Mumbai-based indie studio that creates fun edutainment apps for children. Paper Boat Apps' flagship product, Kiddopia, is an award-winning subscription-based app that provides a wide array of creative and stimulating activities for math, language skills, social skills and more.
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$12*
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closed 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Scholastic Inc., acquired Ooka Island

synopsis: Ooka Island, a game based reading program, announced that is has been acquired by Scholastic. Ooka Island has 80 hours of educational games and 85 eBooks wrapped in a 24-level adventure that teaches mastery of the five foundational skills to enable children to read confidently.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Ooka Island
Ooka Island is an adaptive, game-based learn to read program that develops strong early reading skills through 24 levels of educational activities and 85 ebooks. They've combined research and scientifically-proven concepts to teach the five foundational skills needed to become a confident reader.
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closed 8/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Khan Academy, acquired Duck Duck Moose

synopsis: Duck Duck Moose, a US-based edtech company backed by Stanford University, has been acquired by education non-profit organisation Khan Academy. Founded in 2008, Duck Duck Moose has created a suite of 21 educational mobile apps aimed primarily at young children aged two to seven.
buyer: Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 non‐profit with a mission of providing a free world‐class education for anyone, anywhere. Their free online educational resources include practice problems, instructional lessons, and learning tools to support personalized education for users of all ages. "
target: Duck Duck Moose
Duck Duck Moose is an award-winning creator of educational children's mobile applications for iOS and Android. It was founded in 2008 by three parents who share a passion for children, music, education, design and play.
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closed 7/27/2016 via Company Press Release

Unique Heritage Media, acquired Pili Pop Labs

synopsis: Unique Heritage Media announced the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, a leader in language learning for children on mobile devices. The French start-up Pili Pop Labs has two language learning applications, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, which use a unique voice recognition engine that analyzes the pronunciation of children to help them improve.
buyer: Unique Heritage Media
Unique Heritage Media (UHM) is a media group dedicated to the youth and to their entourage. Its ambition is to enable young people to grow and play while learning and discovering the world. UHM develops fifteen strong brands in the press, book, or digital sector. "
target: Pili Pop Labs
Pili Pop Labs is a Paris-based company specializing in language learning for children. With two apps, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, available on iPhone and iPad, their goal is to help children learn English and Spanish while having fun.
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closed 5/2/2016 via Company Press Release

Jonathan Kim and Hyounghoon Han, acquired Bigstar Global

synopsis: RNTS Media N.V. announces the divestment of its subsidiary BIGSTAR Global Ltd. ("BSG"), a Seoul, Korea-based developer of digital educational content for children, to a group of private investors led by Korean-American entrepreneur Jonathan Kim and BSG's CEO Hyounghoon Han.
buyer: Jonathan Kim and Hyounghoon Han
Jonathan Kim is a Korean-American entrepreneur and Hyounghoon Han is Bigstar Global's CEO. "
target parent: RNTS Media
target: Bigstar Global
Bigstar Global has been one of the leading educational content developers and providers for young children. Their main focus is developing and publishing engaging digital content across multiple platforms including smart phones, tablets, and smart TVs.
price ($mm)
$1.50
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$7
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$1
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4.7x
closed 1/28/2015 via BusinessWire

Fingerprint, Inc., acquired Cognitive Kid

synopsis: Fingerprint announced that it has acquired Cognitive Kid. Cognitive Kid is the creator of the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning Ansel and Clair children’s educational app series. These apps combine thought provoking educational content with fun, engaging gameplay and interactions that keep children engaged and entertained.
buyer: Fingerprint, Inc.
Fingerprint is a mobile technology company that powers games and curates play-and-learn content to targeted customers around the world through dedicated mobile networks. Industry leaders in mobile technology, edutainment, broadcast and more license it's technology platform and content solution. "
target: Cognitive Kid
Cognitive Kid is the creator of the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning Ansel and Clair children’s educational app series. These apps combine thought provoking educational content with fun, engaging gameplay and interactions that keep children engaged and entertained.
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closed 12/10/2014 via BusinessWire

Kingdom Games, acquired 4Soils

synopsis: Kingdom Games announced it has closed its acquisition of the assets of 4Soils, a Stanford-based Children’s Bible app producer. 4Soils is well-known for its Biblically-centered digital experiences for children. With this acquisition, Kingdom Games strengthens its mission to provide ethical and moral games to upcoming generations of all ages.
buyer: Kingdom Games
Kingdom Games is the industry leader of thoughtful gaming; the most reliable and trusted source in the market place for games that are family appropriate for all ages. Based on Biblical themes, Kingdom Games products are both entertaining and educational. "
target: 4Soils
4Soils brings Biblically centered digital experiences for children on mobile devices like iPad and iPhone. All elements of the stories are carefully and faithfully written to accurately reflect the facts in the Bible and includes interactive games, coloring, and songs.
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closed 5/27/2014 via BNC Analysis

TabTale, acquired Coco Play Limited

synopsis: TabTale has acquired the educational game developer Coco Play, giving the Israeli publisher a crucial foothold in the Chinese market. Cocoplay is a professional kids app developer consisting of passionate people and parents who has many years' experience in mobile game industry, dedicating to develop high quality games and apps for children.
buyer: TabTale
TabTale founders took the multi-disciplinary approach to tablets dynamic and interactive kids' apps using: Psychology, Creative Technology, User experience and a great platform: CreativeCenter. "
target: Coco Play Limited
Cocoplay is a professional kids app developer consisting of passionate people and parents who has many years' experience in mobile game industry, dedicating to develop high quality games and apps for children.
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closed 10/30/2013 via Publishers Weekly

KiwiTech, acquired Ruckus Media Group, Inc.

synopsis: KiwiTech, a Washington, D.C.-based mobile technology company, has acquired a 75% interest in Ruckus Media, an interactive children’s multimedia app, education and retail platform. Its latest release, the Ruckus app delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld).
buyer: KiwiTech
At KiwiTech, they use their expertise to help clients create outstanding apps. Using their consultative approach, they provide guidance on features and business models that make sense for businesses and their brand, well before a project is underway. "
target: Ruckus Media Group, Inc.
Ruckus Media Group creates interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children. Its latest release, the Ruckus app delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld).
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closed 3/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

TabTale, acquired Kids Games Club

synopsis: TabTale, a publisher of children’s and family apps, has bought Kids Games Club, maker of apps like “Paint Sparkles”. Kids Games Club develops educational applications for smart phones.
buyer: TabTale
TabTale founders took the multi-disciplinary approach to tablets dynamic and interactive kids' apps using: Psychology, Creative Technology, User experience and a great platform: CreativeCenter. "
target: Kids Games Club
Kids Games Club Ltd. develops educational applications for smart phones, like "Paint Sparkles".
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$4.00
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closed 9/11/2014 via PR Web

Get It, LLC, acquired Mamapedia

synopsis: Get It®, a leading operator of niche classified and career websites, acquired Mamapedia.com, a leading portal and online community for mothers. Founded in 2004, the San Francisco based Mamapedia™ has more than three million members who use the site to exchange ideas and get answers on an array of parenting and lifestyle topics.
buyer: Get It, LLC
Get It® is a technology company based in Alexandria, VA that specializes in introductions. Since 2006, Get It has created more than six hundred safe, online communities, offering consumers with one-click access to precisely what they need, and companies avenues in which to reach them. "
target parent: Modnique
target: Mamapedia
Mamapedia™ is an online community that connects moms at every stage of their children's lives to compelling content from the source they trust most: other moms. Every day, moms turn to Mamapedia.com for advice on everything moms need.
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closed 1/8/2013 via PR Newswire

Totsy, Inc., acquired Mamasource, Inc.

synopsis: TOTSY, a leading private sale site exclusively dedicated to delivering deals on must-haves for parents, babies and kids, announced that the company has acquired the assets of Mamasource, Inc., a leading daily deal site for moms. TOTSY will add over two million moms to its existing base.
buyer: Totsy, Inc.
Headquartered in New York, Totsy is a privately held company dedicated to providing its members with access to essential products and brands designed for expecting moms, parents, babies and kids at sample sale prices. Shopping events are designer-specific and held over a 72 hour period. "
target: Mamasource, Inc.
Mamasource is one of the largest mom focused community and commerce sites on the Internet. Mamasource.com is where moms come to find trusted, high quality products focused on helping them to live life better. Moms visit its core community site, mamapedia.com, for wisdom and insight from other moms.
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announced 2/17/2017 via Market Wire

Adaiah Distribution Inc., will acquire 3D Pioneer Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Adaiah Distribution is to acquire multiple assets from 3D Pioneer Systems Inc. The assets include intellectual property for 3D printer development, a project for the development of a 3D printing platform and marketplace and the first app, of a series of children's apps, called Save Your Planet Kids.
buyer: Adaiah Distribution Inc.
Adaiah Distribution, Inc. is a holding company based out of Madona, Latvia. The company was founded in 2013. "
target: 3D Pioneer Systems, Inc.
The assets being acquired from 3D Pioneer Systems Inc. include intellectual property for 3D printer development, a project for the development of a 3D printing platform and marketplace and the first app, of a series of children's apps, called Save Your Planet Kids.
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$2.12
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closed 4/10/2015 via BNC Analysis

TabTale, acquired Sunstorm Games

synopsis: TabTale, the Israel-based kids’ gaming and educational app publisher has acquired Sunstorm Games, makers of casual gaming apps for kids. Sunstorm's titles usually follow a similar model of assembling cookies, meals, or very simple games. They are a leader in the casual mobile gaming space with over 80 titles and 140 million downloads.
buyer: TabTale
TabTale is a leading, global creator of interactive books, games and educational apps, repeatedly recognized as a Top 10 Games Publisher Worldwide with 500 million downloads and 33 million monthly active users. "
target: Sunstorm Games
Sunstorm Games is a developer of mobile games. With over 80 titles and 140 million downloads, they are a leader in the casual mobile gaming space. They have released popular hits like Gymnastics Events and My School Dance, many of which consistently appear on Apple's Top 10 games in the App Store.
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closed 11/18/2014 via BusinessWire

Cupcake Digital, Inc., acquired Little Bit Studio

synopsis: Cupcake Digital, Inc, a leading developer of award-winning children’s apps has acquired Little Bit Studio, LLC, developers of the popular Bugs and Buttons series of apps for children. Little Bit Studio builds apps that kids enjoy and parents appreciate because they blend creativity and abstract concepts with learning.
buyer: Cupcake Digital, Inc.
Founded in 2012, Cupcake Digital, Inc. is a leading developer of award-winning children’s enhanced storybook, interactive play and gaming app, giving kids the opportunity to interact with the characters they love by transforming children’s entertainment properties into award-winning apps. "
target: Little Bit Studio
Little Bit Studio makes apps for kids that are fun and educational. The company builds apps that kids enjoy and parents appreciate because they blend creativity and abstract concepts with learning.
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closed 9/17/2014 via Company Press Release

Fox & Sheep, acquired Bubl

synopsis: Fox & Sheep announced the acquisition of Bubl, a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
buyer: Fox & Sheep
Fox & Sheep develops and publishes Kids Apps worldwide. They work closely together with book authors and illustrators worldwide to bring to life the best Apps for kids out there and help parents guide their children through the digital world. "
target: Bubl
Bubl is a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
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closed 3/6/2013 via BusinessWire

Toca Boca, acquired Zinc Roe

synopsis: Toca Boca announced that it inked a deal with zinc Roe, a Toronto-based studio specializing in new media for kids, to acquire the award-winning Tickle Tap apps series and the company’s 10-person development team. zinc Roe Founder Jason Krogh will serve as the CEO of the newly named studio, Sago Sago.
buyer parent: Bonnier AB
buyer: Toca Boca
Toca Boca is a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. Toca Boca makes digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and allows parents to play together with their kids. "
target: Zinc Roe
zinc Roe's Tickle Tap apps encourages learning through practice and exploration. Designed for children ages 2-4, the apps include Sound Shaker, a delightful sound toy, and Doodlecast for Kids, an app that records the user's voice as they draw to create short videos.
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closed 7/5/2017 via Company Press Release

Philips Electronics NV, acquired Health & Parenting Ltd

synopsis: Philips, a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering products, services and solutions, has acquired Health & Parenting Ltd, an independent developer of healthcare and family-related mobile applications guiding users through pregnancy and early parenthood.
buyer: Philips Electronics NV (ENXTAM:PHIA:$20,876.84)
Royal Philips Electronics is a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering products, services and solutions. The company has medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. "
target: Health & Parenting Ltd
Health & Parenting is an independent developer of healthcare and family-related mobile applications guiding users through pregnancy and early parenthood. Founded in 2012, their flagship product is Pregnancy+, the complete pregnancy app that is the most recommended by midwives and paediatricians.
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closed 4/4/2016 via PR Newswire

VTech Holdings Ltd, acquired LeapFrog

synopsis: VTech Holdings Limited, a global leader in electronic learning products and cordless telephones, announced that the company has completed its acquisition of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., a leading developer of educational entertainment for children.
buyer: VTech Holdings Ltd (SEHK:303:$1,907.10)
VTech is the global leader in electronic learning products from infancy to preschool and the world's largest manufacturer of cordless phones. VTech has been a pioneer in the electronic learning toy category with innovative products that provide fun and learning to children across the world. "
target: LeapFrog (LF:$222.94)
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in innovative solutions that encourage a child's curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental journey. LeapFrog has helped children expand their knowledge and imagination through award-winning products led by the LeapFrog Learning Team.
price ($mm)[EV]
$73 [$40]
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$223
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closed 5/20/2015 via PE Hub

Sandbox & Co., acquired Family Education Network

synopsis: Sandbox & Co., an industry-focused investor committed to building businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors, has acquired Family Education Network (FEN) from Pearson. FEN is an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
Sandbox is an industry-focused investor committed to building and supporting businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors. Founded in 2014, the partners of Sandbox have a long track-record of acquiring, transforming and scaling businesses and brands internationally. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Family Education Network
Family Education Network is the best of the Internet's content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids. The company's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
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closed 10/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd., acquired Paper Boat Apps

synopsis: Nazara Technologies, a leading mobile games publisher in India, has acquired a 51% stake in Paper Boat Apps, a Mumbai-based indie studio that creates fun edutainment apps for children. Paper Boat Apps' flagship product, Kiddopia, is a subscription-based app that provides creative activities for math, language skills, social skills and more.
buyer: Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Nazara is a leading mobile games publisher focused on the large mobile consumer base in India and other emerging markets. In addition to publishing a range of branded and original mobile games, Nazara also runs gaming subscription service across 60 countries. "
target: Paper Boat Apps
Paper Boat Apps is a Mumbai-based indie studio that creates fun edutainment apps for children. Paper Boat Apps' flagship product, Kiddopia, is an award-winning subscription-based app that provides a wide array of creative and stimulating activities for math, language skills, social skills and more.
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$12*
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closed 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Scholastic Inc., acquired Ooka Island

synopsis: Ooka Island, a game based reading program, announced that is has been acquired by Scholastic. Ooka Island has 80 hours of educational games and 85 eBooks wrapped in a 24-level adventure that teaches mastery of the five foundational skills to enable children to read confidently.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Ooka Island
Ooka Island is an adaptive, game-based learn to read program that develops strong early reading skills through 24 levels of educational activities and 85 ebooks. They've combined research and scientifically-proven concepts to teach the five foundational skills needed to become a confident reader.
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closed 8/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Khan Academy, acquired Duck Duck Moose

synopsis: Duck Duck Moose, a US-based edtech company backed by Stanford University, has been acquired by education non-profit organisation Khan Academy. Founded in 2008, Duck Duck Moose has created a suite of 21 educational mobile apps aimed primarily at young children aged two to seven.
buyer: Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 non‐profit with a mission of providing a free world‐class education for anyone, anywhere. Their free online educational resources include practice problems, instructional lessons, and learning tools to support personalized education for users of all ages. "
target: Duck Duck Moose
Duck Duck Moose is an award-winning creator of educational children's mobile applications for iOS and Android. It was founded in 2008 by three parents who share a passion for children, music, education, design and play.
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closed 7/27/2016 via Company Press Release

Unique Heritage Media, acquired Pili Pop Labs

synopsis: Unique Heritage Media announced the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, a leader in language learning for children on mobile devices. The French start-up Pili Pop Labs has two language learning applications, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, which use a unique voice recognition engine that analyzes the pronunciation of children to help them improve.
buyer: Unique Heritage Media
Unique Heritage Media (UHM) is a media group dedicated to the youth and to their entourage. Its ambition is to enable young people to grow and play while learning and discovering the world. UHM develops fifteen strong brands in the press, book, or digital sector. "
target: Pili Pop Labs
Pili Pop Labs is a Paris-based company specializing in language learning for children. With two apps, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, available on iPhone and iPad, their goal is to help children learn English and Spanish while having fun.
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closed 5/2/2016 via Company Press Release

Jonathan Kim and Hyounghoon Han, acquired Bigstar Global

synopsis: RNTS Media N.V. announces the divestment of its subsidiary BIGSTAR Global Ltd. ("BSG"), a Seoul, Korea-based developer of digital educational content for children, to a group of private investors led by Korean-American entrepreneur Jonathan Kim and BSG's CEO Hyounghoon Han.
buyer: Jonathan Kim and Hyounghoon Han
Jonathan Kim is a Korean-American entrepreneur and Hyounghoon Han is Bigstar Global's CEO. "
target parent: RNTS Media
target: Bigstar Global
Bigstar Global has been one of the leading educational content developers and providers for young children. Their main focus is developing and publishing engaging digital content across multiple platforms including smart phones, tablets, and smart TVs.
price ($mm)
$1.50
rev ($mm)
$7
EBITDA ($mm)
$1
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0.5x
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4.7x
closed 1/28/2015 via BusinessWire

Fingerprint, Inc., acquired Cognitive Kid

synopsis: Fingerprint announced that it has acquired Cognitive Kid. Cognitive Kid is the creator of the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning Ansel and Clair children’s educational app series. These apps combine thought provoking educational content with fun, engaging gameplay and interactions that keep children engaged and entertained.
buyer: Fingerprint, Inc.
Fingerprint is a mobile technology company that powers games and curates play-and-learn content to targeted customers around the world through dedicated mobile networks. Industry leaders in mobile technology, edutainment, broadcast and more license it's technology platform and content solution. "
target: Cognitive Kid
Cognitive Kid is the creator of the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning Ansel and Clair children’s educational app series. These apps combine thought provoking educational content with fun, engaging gameplay and interactions that keep children engaged and entertained.
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closed 12/10/2014 via BusinessWire

Kingdom Games, acquired 4Soils

synopsis: Kingdom Games announced it has closed its acquisition of the assets of 4Soils, a Stanford-based Children’s Bible app producer. 4Soils is well-known for its Biblically-centered digital experiences for children. With this acquisition, Kingdom Games strengthens its mission to provide ethical and moral games to upcoming generations of all ages.
buyer: Kingdom Games
Kingdom Games is the industry leader of thoughtful gaming; the most reliable and trusted source in the market place for games that are family appropriate for all ages. Based on Biblical themes, Kingdom Games products are both entertaining and educational. "
target: 4Soils
4Soils brings Biblically centered digital experiences for children on mobile devices like iPad and iPhone. All elements of the stories are carefully and faithfully written to accurately reflect the facts in the Bible and includes interactive games, coloring, and songs.
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closed 5/27/2014 via BNC Analysis

TabTale, acquired Coco Play Limited

synopsis: TabTale has acquired the educational game developer Coco Play, giving the Israeli publisher a crucial foothold in the Chinese market. Cocoplay is a professional kids app developer consisting of passionate people and parents who has many years' experience in mobile game industry, dedicating to develop high quality games and apps for children.
buyer: TabTale
TabTale founders took the multi-disciplinary approach to tablets dynamic and interactive kids' apps using: Psychology, Creative Technology, User experience and a great platform: CreativeCenter. "
target: Coco Play Limited
Cocoplay is a professional kids app developer consisting of passionate people and parents who has many years' experience in mobile game industry, dedicating to develop high quality games and apps for children.
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closed 10/30/2013 via Publishers Weekly

KiwiTech, acquired Ruckus Media Group, Inc.

synopsis: KiwiTech, a Washington, D.C.-based mobile technology company, has acquired a 75% interest in Ruckus Media, an interactive children’s multimedia app, education and retail platform. Its latest release, the Ruckus app delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld).
buyer: KiwiTech
At KiwiTech, they use their expertise to help clients create outstanding apps. Using their consultative approach, they provide guidance on features and business models that make sense for businesses and their brand, well before a project is underway. "
target: Ruckus Media Group, Inc.
Ruckus Media Group creates interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children. Its latest release, the Ruckus app delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld).
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closed 3/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

TabTale, acquired Kids Games Club

synopsis: TabTale, a publisher of children’s and family apps, has bought Kids Games Club, maker of apps like “Paint Sparkles”. Kids Games Club develops educational applications for smart phones.
buyer: TabTale
TabTale founders took the multi-disciplinary approach to tablets dynamic and interactive kids' apps using: Psychology, Creative Technology, User experience and a great platform: CreativeCenter. "
target: Kids Games Club
Kids Games Club Ltd. develops educational applications for smart phones, like "Paint Sparkles".
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$4.00
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closed 9/11/2014 via PR Web

Get It, LLC, acquired Mamapedia

synopsis: Get It®, a leading operator of niche classified and career websites, acquired Mamapedia.com, a leading portal and online community for mothers. Founded in 2004, the San Francisco based Mamapedia™ has more than three million members who use the site to exchange ideas and get answers on an array of parenting and lifestyle topics.
buyer: Get It, LLC
Get It® is a technology company based in Alexandria, VA that specializes in introductions. Since 2006, Get It has created more than six hundred safe, online communities, offering consumers with one-click access to precisely what they need, and companies avenues in which to reach them. "
target parent: Modnique
target: Mamapedia
Mamapedia™ is an online community that connects moms at every stage of their children's lives to compelling content from the source they trust most: other moms. Every day, moms turn to Mamapedia.com for advice on everything moms need.
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closed 1/8/2013 via PR Newswire

Totsy, Inc., acquired Mamasource, Inc.

synopsis: TOTSY, a leading private sale site exclusively dedicated to delivering deals on must-haves for parents, babies and kids, announced that the company has acquired the assets of Mamasource, Inc., a leading daily deal site for moms. TOTSY will add over two million moms to its existing base.
buyer: Totsy, Inc.
Headquartered in New York, Totsy is a privately held company dedicated to providing its members with access to essential products and brands designed for expecting moms, parents, babies and kids at sample sale prices. Shopping events are designer-specific and held over a 72 hour period. "
target: Mamasource, Inc.
Mamasource is one of the largest mom focused community and commerce sites on the Internet. Mamasource.com is where moms come to find trusted, high quality products focused on helping them to live life better. Moms visit its core community site, mamapedia.com, for wisdom and insight from other moms.
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announced 2/17/2017 via Market Wire

Adaiah Distribution Inc., will acquire 3D Pioneer Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Adaiah Distribution is to acquire multiple assets from 3D Pioneer Systems Inc. The assets include intellectual property for 3D printer development, a project for the development of a 3D printing platform and marketplace and the first app, of a series of children's apps, called Save Your Planet Kids.
buyer: Adaiah Distribution Inc.
Adaiah Distribution, Inc. is a holding company based out of Madona, Latvia. The company was founded in 2013. "
target: 3D Pioneer Systems, Inc.
The assets being acquired from 3D Pioneer Systems Inc. include intellectual property for 3D printer development, a project for the development of a 3D printing platform and marketplace and the first app, of a series of children's apps, called Save Your Planet Kids.
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$2.12
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closed 4/10/2015 via BNC Analysis

TabTale, acquired Sunstorm Games

synopsis: TabTale, the Israel-based kids’ gaming and educational app publisher has acquired Sunstorm Games, makers of casual gaming apps for kids. Sunstorm's titles usually follow a similar model of assembling cookies, meals, or very simple games. They are a leader in the casual mobile gaming space with over 80 titles and 140 million downloads.
buyer: TabTale
TabTale is a leading, global creator of interactive books, games and educational apps, repeatedly recognized as a Top 10 Games Publisher Worldwide with 500 million downloads and 33 million monthly active users. "
target: Sunstorm Games
Sunstorm Games is a developer of mobile games. With over 80 titles and 140 million downloads, they are a leader in the casual mobile gaming space. They have released popular hits like Gymnastics Events and My School Dance, many of which consistently appear on Apple's Top 10 games in the App Store.
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closed 11/18/2014 via BusinessWire

Cupcake Digital, Inc., acquired Little Bit Studio

synopsis: Cupcake Digital, Inc, a leading developer of award-winning children’s apps has acquired Little Bit Studio, LLC, developers of the popular Bugs and Buttons series of apps for children. Little Bit Studio builds apps that kids enjoy and parents appreciate because they blend creativity and abstract concepts with learning.
buyer: Cupcake Digital, Inc.
Founded in 2012, Cupcake Digital, Inc. is a leading developer of award-winning children’s enhanced storybook, interactive play and gaming app, giving kids the opportunity to interact with the characters they love by transforming children’s entertainment properties into award-winning apps. "
target: Little Bit Studio
Little Bit Studio makes apps for kids that are fun and educational. The company builds apps that kids enjoy and parents appreciate because they blend creativity and abstract concepts with learning.
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closed 9/17/2014 via Company Press Release

Fox & Sheep, acquired Bubl

synopsis: Fox & Sheep announced the acquisition of Bubl, a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
buyer: Fox & Sheep
Fox & Sheep develops and publishes Kids Apps worldwide. They work closely together with book authors and illustrators worldwide to bring to life the best Apps for kids out there and help parents guide their children through the digital world. "
target: Bubl
Bubl is a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
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closed 3/6/2013 via BusinessWire

Toca Boca, acquired Zinc Roe

synopsis: Toca Boca announced that it inked a deal with zinc Roe, a Toronto-based studio specializing in new media for kids, to acquire the award-winning Tickle Tap apps series and the company’s 10-person development team. zinc Roe Founder Jason Krogh will serve as the CEO of the newly named studio, Sago Sago.
buyer parent: Bonnier AB
buyer: Toca Boca
Toca Boca is a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. Toca Boca makes digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and allows parents to play together with their kids. "
target: Zinc Roe
zinc Roe's Tickle Tap apps encourages learning through practice and exploration. Designed for children ages 2-4, the apps include Sound Shaker, a delightful sound toy, and Doodlecast for Kids, an app that records the user's voice as they draw to create short videos.
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closed 7/5/2017 via Company Press Release

Philips Electronics NV, acquired Health & Parenting Ltd

synopsis: Philips, a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering products, services and solutions, has acquired Health & Parenting Ltd, an independent developer of healthcare and family-related mobile applications guiding users through pregnancy and early parenthood.
buyer: Philips Electronics NV (ENXTAM:PHIA:$20,876.84)
Royal Philips Electronics is a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering products, services and solutions. The company has medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. "
target: Health & Parenting Ltd
Health & Parenting is an independent developer of healthcare and family-related mobile applications guiding users through pregnancy and early parenthood. Founded in 2012, their flagship product is Pregnancy+, the complete pregnancy app that is the most recommended by midwives and paediatricians.
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closed 4/4/2016 via PR Newswire

VTech Holdings Ltd, acquired LeapFrog

synopsis: VTech Holdings Limited, a global leader in electronic learning products and cordless telephones, announced that the company has completed its acquisition of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., a leading developer of educational entertainment for children.
buyer: VTech Holdings Ltd (SEHK:303:$1,907.10)
VTech is the global leader in electronic learning products from infancy to preschool and the world's largest manufacturer of cordless phones. VTech has been a pioneer in the electronic learning toy category with innovative products that provide fun and learning to children across the world. "
target: LeapFrog (LF:$222.94)
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in innovative solutions that encourage a child's curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental journey. LeapFrog has helped children expand their knowledge and imagination through award-winning products led by the LeapFrog Learning Team.
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