Like Knowillage, Inc.

closed 9/9/2013 via BNC Analysis

Desire2Learn, acquired Knowillage, Inc.

synopsis: Desire2Learn, a provider of cloud-based learning solutions for higher education, K-12 and Fortune 1000 companies, announced that it has acquired Knowillage Systems, the creators of an adaptive learning and analytics engine that aims to help teachers improve student performance.
buyer: Desire2Learn
Desire2Learn provides the next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire lifelong learners. Desire2Learn helps clients break down barriers to access the highest quality learning experiences, and is recognized for its leadership in accessibility. "
target: Knowillage, Inc.
Knowillage is dedicated to powering the next generation of personalized learning. Its innovative Learning Engine is a service available for integration with existing content, technology and it provides real-time personalized learning paths for a life-long learner.
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closed 5/25/2007 via Company Press Release

Halyard Education Partners, acquired GoalQuest

synopsis: Education-focused marketing company Halyard Education Partners, a portfolio company of Halyard Capital, has acquired GoalQuest, which provides Web-based programs to help colleges interact with student and other groups. Terms of the acquisition of the New York-based company were not disclosed.
buyer parent: Halyard Capital
buyer: Halyard Education Partners
Halyard Education Partners has assembled a network of industry leading companies that serve as the premier source of information for prospective students and their families seeking post-secondary educational options. "
target: GoalQuest
GoalQuest’s proprietary suite of Web-based tools enables schools to meet critical business and communication objectives in recruiting, enrollment yield, retention, student development, skills enhancement, parent relations and alumni development.
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announced 7/11/2013 via PR Newswire

Hobsons Inc., will purchase National Transcript Center from Pearson Data Solutions

synopsis: Hobsons announced the acquisition from Pearson of National Transcript Center (NTC), the world's largest e-transcript exchange provider, serving more than 137,000 institutions that represent more than 14 million students. Pearson's NTC is a secure, browser-based application that instantly transfers electronic student records and transcripts.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is a premier provider of innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions that empower education professionals to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment, enrollment, and retention. "
seller parent: Pearson plc
seller: Pearson Data Solutions
Pearson's National Transcript Center (NTC) is the world's largest e-transcript exchange provider, serving more than 137,000 institutions that represent more than 14 million students. NTC is a secure, browser-based application that instantly transfers electronic student records and transcripts.
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closed 4/16/2013 via Market Wire

Echo360, acquired ThinkBinder

synopsis: Echo360, the market leading active and distance learning solution, announced the acquisition of ThinkBinder, a social collaboration tool that enables crowdsourced learning and online study groups. Echo360 sttudents will be able to share their notes and ideas with their peers, improving the learning experience with knowledge from fellow students.
buyer: Echo360
Echo360 is the global leader in providing the platform to capture, host, and deliver classroom lecture and supplemental materials to higher-education institutions. Echo360 facilitates better instruction, results in greater efficiencies, and enriches learning experiences. "
target: ThinkBinder
ThinkBinder allows educators to take advantage of today's social media environment to improve the learning experience. Students and instructors form invite-only online study groups for courses and collaborate through tools like discussion feeds, group whiteboards, file sharing and text/video chat.
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closed 1/16/2019 via GlobeNewswire

Elearis merged with Real Time Cases,

synopsis: Real Time Cases and Elearis have merged to form Curator Solutions®, Inc. The Elearis® SAAS solution provides the ability to easily build online learning by dragging and dropping pictures, graphics, videos, interactive learning objects, documents, animations, and third-party publisher learning content.
buyer: Real Time Cases
Real Time Cases delivers engaging, video-based experiential learning activities that let students confront, learn from, and work to resolve authentic problems facing real and established companies. "
target: Elearis
The Elearis® SAAS solution provides the ability to easily build online learning by dragging and dropping pictures, graphics, videos, interactive learning objects, documents, animations, and third-party publisher learning content.
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closed 7/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

CampusLogic, Inc., acquired Raise.me

synopsis: CampusLogic, the category leader in student financial success, has acquired RaiseMe, a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low-income and first-generation students. RaiseMe empowers every student to build their path to and through college by delivering a student-centric platform for college discovery.
buyer: CampusLogic, Inc.
CampusLogic helps schools change lives by delivering the first—and only—Student Financial Success platform that incorporates complete scholarship management, net price calculators, personalized digital communications, simplified financial aid verification, multilingual virtual advising, and more. "
target: Raise.me
RaiseMe empowers every student to build their path to and through college by delivering a student-centric platform for college discovery and scholarship attainment. Students receive the motivation and guidance to be successful in their pursuit of a college degree.
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announced 2/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Instructure, will acquire Portfolium Inc.

synopsis: Instructure, Inc., the leading software-as-a-service technology company that helps people learn and develop through school and work, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Portfolium, the student success network built to showcase the achievements, projects, and competencies of dedicated students to potential employers.
buyer: Instructure (INST:$245.53)
Instructure is a technology company that helps people learn and develop, from their first day of school to their last day of work. Its software solutions include Canvas, the learning platform that simplifies teaching, and Bridge, the employee development and engagement solution. "
target: Portfolium Inc.
Portfolium is a full-stack student success platform. Institutions use Portfolium to deploy robust ePortfolio networks as they manage and align learning outcomes assessment, digital badging, guided pathways, and career readiness programs.
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closed 4/17/2018 via Company Press Release

Technology Crossover Ventures, acquired Watermark

synopsis: Watermark, the largest provider of assessment software for higher education institutions worldwide, has announced the close of its agreement with TCV to acquire a controlling interest in the company. TCV is one of the largest providers of capital to growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry.
buyer: Technology Crossover Ventures
Technology Crossover Ventures, founded in 1995, is a leading provider of growth capital to technology companies, providing funds to later-stage private and public companies. "
target: Watermark
Watermark’s mission is to put better data into the hands of administrators, educators, and learners. Through its innovative educational intelligence platform, Watermark supports institutions in developing an intentional approach to learning based on data they can trust.
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closed 11/15/2017 via BNC Analysis

Mimir, acquired Omnipointment Inc.

synopsis: Indianapolis-based Mimir has acquired Omnipointment Inc., a tech company based in Chicago. Tthe acquisition of Omnipointment and its signature platform, Charter, will enhance Mimir Classroom. Charter is a group project tool that helps collegiate students arrange times to collaborate and gives instructors data to assess team performance.
buyer: Mimir
Mimir's main cloud-based software platform, Mimir Classroom, helps computer science teachers assess students' performance, strengths and weaknesses. "
target: Omnipointment Inc.
Omnipointment is the tool of choice for group projects, student organizations, and service projects. Omnipointment helps students find time out their busy schedules to meet.
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closed 9/12/2017 via PR Newswire

Liaison International, Inc., acquired SlideRoom.com

synopsis: Liaison International announced it has acquired SlideRoom. The company is best known for its seamless integration of multimedia components into admissions review workflows. Universities, arts, human resources and grant making organizations currently leverage SlideRoom in their decision-making processes.
buyer parent: Warburg Pincus
buyer: Liaison International, Inc.
Liaison International, Inc. provides admissions management and enrollment marketing solutions to higher education institutions in the United States. It offers centralized application service, a cloud-based recruiting and admissions solution for students. "
target: SlideRoom.com
SlideRoom is a complete solution to collect, evaluate, and store applications online. The system is perfect for admissions, hiring, auditions, grants, and more. The company is best known for its seamless integration of multimedia components into admissions review workflows.
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closed 9/27/2016 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired WebAssign

synopsis: Cengage, an education and technology company, announced the acquisition of WebAssign, a leading provider of digital learning solutions for higher education. The acquisition strengthens Cengage's position as a market leader in science, technology and math offering three unique platforms for faculty and institutions.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. "
target: WebAssign
WebAssign is a flexible and fully customizable online instructional system that puts powerful tools in the hands of teachers, enabling them to deploy assignments, instantly assess individual student performance, and realize their teaching goals.
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closed 9/21/2016 via Company Press Release

Wiley, acquired Ranku

synopsis: Ranku, a recruitment technology and predictive analytics software company for higher education, announced that it has been acquired by Wiley, a global provider of knowledge and learning solutions that improves outcomes in research, professional practice, and education.
buyer: Wiley (NYSE:JW.A:$1,864.09)
Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice and education. Wiley provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising."
target: Ranku
Ranku is a Seattle based software company that aims to use technology to drive consumer advocacy in online higher education. Ranku licenses recruitment technology and predictive analytics to universities and state systems to scale online degree enrollment.
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closed 8/2/2016 via Company Press Release

Quad Partners, acquired TaskStream

synopsis: Taskstream, the leading provider of learning outcomes assessment technology and accreditation solutions for higher education, announced an investment by Quad Partners, a private investment firm focused exclusively on education, to deepen and broaden the company’s offerings.
buyer: Quad Partners
Quad Partners was founded in 2000 to make value-added private investments in the education industry. Today, Quad is one of the most active investors in privately-owned education companies in the United States. "
target: TaskStream
Taskstream partners with institutions of higher education and national associations to improve student learning and institutional quality with proven, reliable, user-friendly, and cloud-based solutions for assessment management and e-portfolio solutions and supporting services.
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closed 2/23/2015 via Company Press Release

Hobsons Inc., acquired Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc.

synopsis: Hobsons, the world’s leader in connecting learning to life, announced the acquisition of Starfish Retention Solutions, the leading provider of student success and advising systems for higher education institutions. The Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ will augment Hobsons’ existing advising and admissions tools.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is the world’s leader in connecting learning to life. Through Hobsons’ unique advising and admissions products, they help more than 12 million students around the globe identify strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, and find the right college match. "
target: Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc.
Starfish Retention Solutions is a leading provider of student success systems. The Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ builds on the company’s mission to help students finish what they start.
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closed 2/12/2015 via PR Newswire

Education Advisory Board, acquired GradesFirst

synopsis: The Advisory Board Company announced that it has acquired GradesFirst and will include its functionality in the flagship Education Advisory Board (EAB) technology membership, the Student Success Collaborative. GradesFirst is a student success technology company that helps colleges and universities engage and support at-risk students.
buyer parent: The Advisory Board Company
buyer: Education Advisory Board
The Education Advisory Board is a provider of research, technology, and consulting services to colleges and universities nationwide. Through the firm's innovative membership model, EAB partners with academic and administrative leaders at more than 1,000 institutions. "
target: GradesFirst
GradesFirst is a student success technology company that helps colleges and universities engage and support at-risk students. The company's user-friendly tools enhance the efficiency of student support teams by connecting campus services in a cloud-based platform.
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closed 10/10/2013 via PR Web

Datamark, Inc., purchased Technology Assets from Altius Education

synopsis: Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, announced it has acquired the technology assets of Altius Education, including its competency-based online learning platform, Helix, as well as its enrollment management and student retention platforms.
buyer: Datamark, Inc.
Datamark, Inc. operates as a marketing agency for the education industry. It offers broadcast, direct mail, print, Web, and other direct response services, as well as concept-to-print, programming, and mail services. "
seller: Altius Education
Altius Education's technology assets includes its competency-based online learning platform, Helix, as well as its enrollment management and student retention platforms.
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closed 4/22/2013 via PR Web

Pearson Education, acquired Learning Catalytics LLC

synopsis: Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, announced that it has acquired Learning Catalytics™, an advanced, cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system developed by Eric Mazur, Brian Lukoff, and Gary King of Harvard University.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Pearson, the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems and teacher professional development. "
target: Learning Catalytics LLC
Learning Catalytics is a cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system. It allows faculty to obtain real-time responses to open-ended or critical thinking questions, determine which areas need more explanation, and then automatically group students for further discussion and problem solving.
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closed 12/17/2019 via PR Newswire

HackerRank, acquired Mimir

synopsis: HackerRank, the world's leading developer skills company, has acquired Mimir, the cloud-based platform for computer science courses. Mimir's platform helps computer science teachers to assess their students' performance, strengths and weaknesses.
buyer: HackerRank
HackerRank is a developer skills platform that helps businesses evaluate software developers based on skill. HackerRank enables tech recruiters and hiring managers to objectively evaluate talent at every stage of the recruiting process, helping them to hire skilled developers and innovate faster. "
target: Mimir
Mimir is a cloud-based platform for computer science courses. Mimir's platform helps computer science teachers to assess their students' performance, strengths and weaknesses. Mimir enables instructors to efficiently teach Computer Science courses of any scale without compromising education quality.
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closed 3/6/2019 via Company Press Release

ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc., acquired LiftUpp Limited

synopsis: ExamSoft, a secure testing and assessment platform company based in Dallas, announces the acquisition of leading UK-based clinical assessment company, Liftupp. Liftupp triangulates all assessment data to give a complete picture of student performance, professional competence and regulatory body compliance.
buyer parent: Spectrum Equity
buyer: ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.
ExamSoft is a SaaS firm, providing a scalable and flexible assessment platform that gives educators actionable data and insights to improve student learning outcomes and academic achievement. "
target: LiftUpp Limited
Liftupp provides assessment software developed by educators for educators. Liftupp triangulates all assessment data to give a complete picture of student performance, professional competence and regulatory body compliance.
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closed 7/21/2006 via Company Press Release

Xap Corp, acquired Bridges Transitions, Inc.

synopsis: Xap Corporation announced that it has completed the agreement to acquire Bridges Transitions Inc., a leading provider of software-based online education planning, career exploration, and high school/college test preparation resources designed to help students achieve education and career success.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Xap Corp
Xap Corporation is the leading provider of comprehensive state and regional online college planning portals in the U.S. During the past decade, more than eight million students have used Xap's planning tools in pursuit of their higher education and career aspirations. "
target: Bridges Transitions, Inc.
Bridges Transitions Inc. develops, markets and delivers comprehensive products and services that address a wide range of education needs. Our education and career planning products, online test preparation courses and professional development training services are used by schools.
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closed 9/9/2013 via BNC Analysis

Desire2Learn, acquired Knowillage, Inc.

synopsis: Desire2Learn, a provider of cloud-based learning solutions for higher education, K-12 and Fortune 1000 companies, announced that it has acquired Knowillage Systems, the creators of an adaptive learning and analytics engine that aims to help teachers improve student performance.
buyer: Desire2Learn
Desire2Learn provides the next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire lifelong learners. Desire2Learn helps clients break down barriers to access the highest quality learning experiences, and is recognized for its leadership in accessibility. "
target: Knowillage, Inc.
Knowillage is dedicated to powering the next generation of personalized learning. Its innovative Learning Engine is a service available for integration with existing content, technology and it provides real-time personalized learning paths for a life-long learner.
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closed 9/9/2013 via BNC Analysis

Desire2Learn, acquired Knowillage, Inc.

synopsis: Desire2Learn, a provider of cloud-based learning solutions for higher education, K-12 and Fortune 1000 companies, announced that it has acquired Knowillage Systems, the creators of an adaptive learning and analytics engine that aims to help teachers improve student performance.
buyer: Desire2Learn
Desire2Learn provides the next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire lifelong learners. Desire2Learn helps clients break down barriers to access the highest quality learning experiences, and is recognized for its leadership in accessibility. "
target: Knowillage, Inc.
Knowillage is dedicated to powering the next generation of personalized learning. Its innovative Learning Engine is a service available for integration with existing content, technology and it provides real-time personalized learning paths for a life-long learner.
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closed 3/8/2013 via BNC Analysis

Desire2Learn, acquired Wiggio Inc.

synopsis: Canadian online learning platform Desire2Learn bought Boston-based collaboration platform Wiggio. Wiggio allows users to collaborate on group projects by providing a toolkit to keep track of meetings, share documents, and easily contact group members.
buyer: Desire2Learn
Desire2Learn provides the next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire lifelong learners, Desire2Learn helps clients break down barriers to access the highest quality learning experiences, and is recognized for its leadership in accessibility. "
target: Wiggio Inc.
Wiggio is a free productivity tool that simplifies group communication. Wiggio allows users to collaborate on group projects by providing a toolkit to keep track of meetings, share documents, and easily contact group members.
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closed 1/24/2013 via Company Press Release

Desire2Learn, purchased Degree Compass™ from Austin Peay State University

synopsis: Desire2Learn Incorporated, a leader in providing innovative learning solutions, announced the acquisition of Degree Compass™, a predictive analytics technology that helps students select the courses to take that will drive the successful completion of their degree program. It was developed by Dr. Tristan Denley and Austin Peay State University.
buyer: Desire2Learn
Desire2Learn provides the next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire lifelong learners, Desire2Learn helps clients break down barriers to access the highest quality learning experiences, and is recognized for its leadership in accessibility. "
seller: Austin Peay State University
Developed by Dr. Tristan Denley and Austin Peay State University, with a $1M grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Complete College America, Degree Compass is a web-based, personalized course recommendation and academic advisement application.
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announced 10/14/2020 via PR Newswire

Churchill Capital II, will acquire SkillSoft Limited

synopsis: Churchill Capital Corp II, a special purpose acquisition company, and Skillsoft, a global leader in digital learning and talent management solutions, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will operate as Skillsoft and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
buyer: Churchill Capital II (CCX:$0.00)
Churchill Capital Corp II is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. "
target: SkillSoft Limited
Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. Their mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for today's modern enterprise.
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Carnegie Learning, Inc., acquired Scientific Learning Corporation

synopsis: Scientific Learning Corporation, the leader in evidence-based online reading and language software, announced that it has been acquired by an affiliate of Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leader in artificial intelligence for education and formative assessment.
buyer parent: CIP Capital
buyer: Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a provider of curricula, textbooks and math learning software for grades 6-12, written and designed to align to a common core or integrated pathway. "
target: Scientific Learning Corporation (OTCPK:SCIL:$17.73)
Scientific Learning is a leading SaaS education company that delivers neuroscience-based educational technologies. The company's Fast ForWord® programs cross-train foundational language and cognitive skills necessary for rapid English language development.
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closed 8/19/2020 via Company Press Release

Absorb Software, acquired Koantic

synopsis: Canada-based Absorb Software, the provider of the Absorb Learning Management System (LMS) and Absorb Infuse, has acquired Koantic, a Canadian cloud-based course authoring tool. Absorb plans to integrate Koantic's course builder with its LMS while continuing to offer it as a stand-alone product—which will be renamed Absorb Create.
buyer parent: Silversmith Capital Partners
buyer: Absorb Software
Absorb Software is a learning technology company based in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Absorb offers both Absorb Infuse, a Learning Experience Platform, and Absorb LMS, a Learning Management System for businesses, higher education, government, and non-profit agencies. "
target: Koantic
Canada-based Koantic is the easiest cloud-based eLearning authoring tool utilized to create interactive eLearning courses with the ease of drag and drop. Its solution includes the ability to create slides Powerpoint like slides, branching, quizzes, animations, and interactive videos.
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closed 12/20/2019 via PE Hub

Absorb Software, acquired ePath Learning

synopsis: Calgary-based Absorb Software, provider of the Absorb Learning Management System (LMS) and Absorb Infuse, has acquired ePath Learning, a leading cloud-based learning technology company. The acquisition of ePath Learning allows Absorb to accelerate its vision in becoming a global leader in LMS and deliver significant value to its customers.
buyer: Absorb Software
Absorb Software is a learning technology company based in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Absorb offers both Absorb Infuse, a Learning Experience Platform, and Absorb LMS, a Learning Management System for businesses, higher education, government, and non-profit agencies. "
target: ePath Learning
ePath Learning is changing the way people learn with world-class learning management technology and custom content solutions. Its corporate learning portfolio includes cloud-based learning portals, content libraries, and custom eLearning course development.
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closed 7/10/2019 via BusinessWire

QA Ltd., acquired Cloud Academy

synopsis: QA, the UK’s largest B2B skills provider, has acquired Cloud Academy, a leading enterprise technology training platform. Cloud Academy helps organizations address their skills gaps with high-quality digital training content and a Software as a Service platform filled with powerful features to measure skills and manage training outcomes.
buyer parent: CVC Capital Partners
buyer: QA Ltd.
QA is a leading UK learning organization providing training, consultancy, apprenticeships, and postgraduate degrees on a range of technical, business and leadership subjects. QA has over 22 UK training centers—including Apprenticeships and Consulting Academies—and various online learning options. "
target: Cloud Academy
Cloud Academy is an enterprise digital skills development platform that innovates through guided Learning Paths, Hands-on Labs, and Skill Assessment. Cloud Academy delivers role-specific training on leading clouds (AWS, Azure, etc), methodologies needed to operate on and between clouds, and more.
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StepStone GmbH, acquired Studydrive

synopsis: StepStone, a leading online job portal in Europe has acquired Studydrive. Studydrive is an E-Learning student platform that connects over 700k students from 100 universities from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The platform enables students to share their learning materials and connect them with jobs and internship opportunities.
buyer parent: Axel Springer SE
buyer: StepStone GmbH
StepStone is one of the leading online job portals in Europe. Companies can find qualified specialists and executives through their site in a number of European countries. They have millions of visitors per month in Germany alone and is thus one of the most frequented online job portals in Germany. "
target: Studydrive
Studydrive is an E-Learning student platform that allows over 700k students from 100 universities from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to share their learning materials and lecture notes. They also connect students to jobs and internships once they've finished with their studies.
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VitalSource Technologies LLC, acquired Acrobatiq

synopsis: Leading digital content provider VitalSource Technologies LLC has acquired the assets of learning and data analytics platform Acrobatiq, Inc. Acrobatiq's adaptive learning platform, content library, and professional services enable partners to create, deliver, and continuously improve outcomes-based learning experiences.
buyer parent: Ingram Industries
buyer: VitalSource Technologies LLC
VitalSource Technologies LLC, part of Ingram Content Group LLC, is improving the learning experience by making it easier to create and deliver effective and affordable content. VitalSource helps over 1,000 educational content providers create seamless interactive learning experiences. "
target: Acrobatiq
Acrobatiq is a learning optimization platform built from Carnegie Mellon University’s strengths in learning and data science. Their adaptive learning platform, content library, and professional services enable partners to create, deliver, and continuously improve outcomes-based learning experiences.
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Agile Group, acquired LightSail Education

synopsis: LightSail Education announced that it has been acquired by Agile Group, a technology firm focused on education platforms. LightSail's adaptive platform provides each student with a customized and dynamic library tailored to their individual reading level while providing educators with insightful data to guide their students to success.
buyer: Agile Group
Agile Group is a technology firm focused on education platforms. Agile Group invests in high quality Antares content for students and schools. "
target: LightSail Education
LightSail is the adaptive reading platform that helps students and school districts exceed their literacy goals. LightSail students get access to personalized libraries filled with thousands of engaging, just-right texts to choose from. LightSail teachers get data about student reading behavior.
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closed 9/22/2016 via BNC Analysis

Newgen KnowledgeWorks, acquired Exult InfoSolutions Pvt. Ltd.

synopsis: Newgen KnowledgeWorks, a Chennai-based leading provider of publishing and technical services to global publishers, has acquired a majority stake in Pune’s Exult Infosolutions, a company engaged in digital learning solutions, mobility and cloud-based software applications.
buyer parent: Carlyle Group
buyer: Newgen KnowledgeWorks
Newgen is a provider of publishing and technical services for books and journals, such as content sourcing, content creation, project management, author liaison, development editing, copyediting, design, artwork and permissions, typesetting/composition, XML creation, ebook delivery and more. "
target: Exult InfoSolutions Pvt. Ltd.
Exult is an award winning innovative solutions provider for E-learning, Mobility and Technology. It provides services in the areas of learning solutions, mobility and cloud-based software applications.
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closed 4/27/2016 via BNC Analysis

Affero Lab, acquired QuickLessons

synopsis: Brazilian corporate training provider Affero Lab, a portfolio company of Bertelsmann and the IFC African, Latin American, and Caribbean Fund, has acquired education platform QuickLessons from Confrapar.
buyer: Affero Lab
Affero Lab is a Brazilian corporate training provider. Affero Lab has developed blended projects that combine the best practices with creativity because they believe that the traditional education model is no longer sufficient in today’s digital world. "
target parent: Confrapar Venture Capital
target: QuickLessons
QuickLessons provides online, collaborative eLearning course development platforms for creating Flash-based interactive and engaging content. With individual and multi-user plans, customers can create and manage high quality content from anywhere and at anytime for offline, online and LMS use.
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closed 2/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Toppr, acquired Manch

synopsis: Mumbai-based online test preparation startup Toppr has announced its acquisition of Manch. Founded in late-2013 by IIT-Bombay graduates, Rajshekhar Ratrey, Aadil Shah and Vikas Verma, Manch offers its services in test preparation, corporate training and to schools and colleges.
buyer: Toppr
Toppr is a test preparation platform for engineering, medical and secondary schools students. The platform covers exams such as IIT JEE and BITSAT in engineering; NEET, AIIMS, AIPMT, AFMC, MT-CET and EAMCET in medical; and NTSE, NSO, NSTSE and KVPY, among others in the secondary school level. "
target: Manch
Manch is an effective knowledge delivery platform which enables an individual to obtain competence using the platforms’ in-built analytics and recommendations.
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closed 7/15/2015 via BNC Analysis

TI Digital Solutions, acquired Alfabook

synopsis: Telecom Italia's ICT subsidiary TI Digital Solutions has announced the acquisition of Italian digital publisher Alfabook. Alfabook creates software solutions based on semantic technologies within the context of general, educational and professional publishing.
buyer parent: Telecom Italia
buyer: TI Digital Solutions
TI Digital Solutions brings in the leadership and experience acquired by the Telecom Italia Group and applies it to every aspect of digital innovation such as M2M and IOT solutions, Digital Multi-channel CRM solutions, Cloud Computing Business Intelligence and Social Reputation solutions. "
target: Alfabook
Alfabook creates software solutions based on semantic technologies within the context of general, educational and professional publishing. Alfabook helps publishing companies, businesses and institutions transform the eBook into a viable alternative to the printed book.
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closed 4/28/2014 via BusinessWire

Charterhouse Capital Partners, acquired SkillSoft Limited

synopsis: SSILuxco S.a.r.l., an indirect parent company of Skillsoft Limited, a pioneer in the field of technology-delivered learning announced that it has completed the sale of its subsidiaries to Pointwell Limited, an entity indirectly owned by funds managed by Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP, one of the oldest Private Equity funds in Europe.
buyer: Charterhouse Capital Partners
Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP is a private equity firm specializing in buyout investments. The firm prefers to invest in industrial and commercial sectors with a focus on business service companies, financial services, leisure, support services, healthcare, and consumer brands. "
target: SkillSoft Limited
Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of learning with a long history of innovation. Skillsoft provides cloud based learning solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses.
price ($mm)[EV]
$2,000 [$2,300]
rev ($mm)
$380
EBITDA ($mm)
$151
EV / rev
6.1x
EV / EBITDA
15.2x
closed 11/8/2013 via BNC Analysis

Intel Corporation, acquired Kno Inc

synopsis: Intel Corporation unveiled that an education- software setup called Kno, is acquired by the company that specializes in interactive textbooks for mobile devices. They have partnered with over 80 leading publishers to offer more than 200,000 interactive titles that make learning more engaging, efficient, and social for students.
buyer: Intel Corporation (INTC:$78,098.00)
Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. "
target: Kno Inc
Kno, Inc. is an education software company on a mission to "Change The Way Students Learn." They have partnered with over 80 leading publishers to offer more than 200,000 interactive titles that make learning more engaging, efficient, and social for students.
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closed 6/20/2013 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Aleks Corporation

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education, a leading digital learning company, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ALEKS Corporation, the privately held developer of the ALEKS adaptive learning technology for the K-12 and higher education markets.
buyer parent: Apollo Global Management
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. "
target: Aleks Corporation
ALEKS Corporation is the leader in the creation of web-based artificially intelligent educational software. ALEKS is founded on a field of ground-breaking research in mathematical cognitive science and applied mathematics known as Knowledge Space Theory.
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closed 5/1/2013 via BusinessWire

LaunchEquity Partners, LLC, acquired MakeMusic, Inc.

synopsis: LEAP Acquisition Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LaunchEquity Acquisition Partners, LLC announced the successful completion of LEAP’s tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of MakeMusic. MakeMusic, Inc. is a world leader in music technology.
buyer: LaunchEquity Partners, LLC
LaunchEquity Partners LLC is a venture capital firm specializing in early stage investments. The firm invests in both public and private markets. LaunchEquity Partners LLC was founded in 2005. "
target: MakeMusic, Inc. (MMUS:$17.74)
MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology. Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software. MakeMusic is also the creator of SmartMusic® interactive software that is transforming the way students practice.
price ($mm)[EV]
$17 [$11]*
rev ($mm)
$18
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/1/2012 via Company Press Release

ConnectEDU, Inc., acquired Epsilen Inc.

synopsis: ConnectEDU announced the acquisition of Epsilen – a cloud-based e-portfolio, skills assessment, professional development and social learning management platform.
buyer: ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering learners to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real learners and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. "
target parent: The New York Times Company
target: Epsilen Inc.
Serving educators and students in over 600 K-12 and higher education institutions worldwide, Epsilen provides a social learning environment with personalized tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
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cancelled 7/16/2012 via BusinessWire

LaunchEquity Partners, LLC, cancelled an acquisition of MakeMusic, Inc.

synopsis: LaunchEquity Partners has cancelled the deal with MakeMusic, Inc. MakeMusic is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed.
buyer: LaunchEquity Partners, LLC
LaunchEquity Partners, LLC is an investment company. "
target: MakeMusic, Inc. (MMUS:$17.74)
MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling composers, arrangers, musicians, and others.
price ($mm)[EV]
$14 [$6]
rev ($mm)
$17
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.3x
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/17/2012 via BusinessWire

PLATO Learning, Inc., acquired Archipelago Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Archipelago Learning, a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service provider of education products, announced that it has completed its merger with PLATO Learning, a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo, LLC, in an all-cash transaction.
buyer parent: Thoma Bravo, LLC
buyer: PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of high-value, comprehensive online solutions that support educators in their mission to successfully transition learners from one stage to the next in their educational endeavors. "
target: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms.
price ($mm)[EV]
$290 [$300]
rev ($mm)
$73
EBITDA ($mm)
$22
EV / rev
4.1x
EV / EBITDA
13.7x
closed 11/9/2011 via Company Press Release

Blackboard Inc., acquired CerBibo Corporation

synopsis: Blackboard has made a major investment to support online learning in China, by acquiring full ownership of CerBibo, a company that has brought its online learning solution to hundreds of institutions in China. The move enhances the company’s ability to make deeper investments to support greater use of online learning.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. "
target: CerBibo Corporation
CerBibo dedicates itself to provide leading E-learning service to educational market in China. CerBibo provides E-learning software series and a full-fledged set of highly scalable solutions to various kinds of schools and educational training institutions.
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