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closed 1/28/2015 via BusinessWire

Fingerprint, Inc., acquired Scribble Press

synopsis: Fingerprint announced that it has acquired Scribble Press. Scribble Press is a multimedia platform accessible via the web and on the iPad. Scribble Press is an easy, fun and free way to create and publish ones stories. Scribble Press’ book-making digital products have been used in more than 35,000 classrooms by kids aged 6-12.
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 parent: Make Meaning Inc.
target: Scribble Press
Scribble Press is a multimedia platform accessible via the web and on the iPad. Scribble Press is an easy, fun and free way to create and publish ones stories. Scribble Press’ book-making digital products have been used in more than 35,000 classrooms by kids aged 6-12.
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closed 7/24/2013 via PR Newswire

Make Meaning Inc., acquired Scribble Press

synopsis: Make Meaning, the ultimate experiential retail and events destination where children and adults can choose from over 50 creative experiences ranging from cake decorating and candle making to jewelry design, soap creation and ceramics, has acquired Scribble Press, a retail "make your own book" format launched in California in 2008.
buyer: Make Meaning Inc.
Make Meaning is a world class entertainment destination that brings guests of all ages together to have fun and be creative. Make Meaning's unique brand of entertainment is delivered through unexpected and unconventional high quality Creative Experiences that inspires surprises and delights. "
target: Scribble Press
Scribble Press is a multimedia platform for creating, sharing and publishing stories. Accessible via the web and on the iPad, Scribble Press is an easy, fun and free way to create and publish your stories.
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closed 9/9/2021 via PR Web

Capstone Press, Inc., acquired Buncee

synopsis: Capstone, an innovative publisher and education technology provider of children’s content for schools and home, including the award-winning PebbleGo, has acquired Buncee, a creation, communication, and collaboration tool for students and educators to construct and share interactive classroom content.
buyer parent: Coughlan Companies
buyer: Capstone Press, Inc.
Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books in nonfiction and fiction, digital products and services and literacy programs. Capstone’s content comes in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. "
target: Buncee
Buncee is a web-based content creation, communication, and collaboration tool for students and educators to construct and share interactive classroom content. Buncee offers multiple ways to help students visualize, voice, and communicate their learning, helping build their confidence and engagement.
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closed 7/14/2021 via BusinessWire

finalsite, acquired SchoolPointe, Inc.

synopsis: Finalsite, a global leader in school website and digital communications tools, and majority owned by Bridge Growth Partners, announced it has acquired SchoolPointe, a leading K-12 public school website and mobile app provider. Since 2002, SchoolPointe has been providing world class website and digital communications technology solutions.
buyer parent: Bridge Growth Partners, LLC
buyer: finalsite
Finalsite is the preferred website, communications, and marketing platform of 6,000+ schools and universities in 108 countries around the world. Finalsite's products and services transform how schools engage with community members, recruit students and staff, and fundraise. "
target: SchoolPointe, Inc.
Since 2002, SchoolPointe has been providing world class website and digital communications technology solutions to K-12 public schools across the U.S. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, SchoolPointe’s mission is to empower schools through innovation.
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closed 1/10/2010 via Company Press Release

Edline LLC, acquired SchoolFusion

synopsis: The assets of SchoolFusion, a leading provider of website and communication solutions for K-12 education, have been acquired by Edline LLC, a portfolio company of Providence Equity. SchoolFusion’s user-friendly website tools empower teachers and administrators to easily create and maintain content rich school and classroom pages.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Edline LLC
Edline is the K12 Web site/portal solution that enables secure parent access to grades, attendance, homework, and other private information. Edline generates teacher web pages, provides group calendaring, virtual file storage, and parental email alerts as part of their web communication platform. "
target: SchoolFusion
SchoolFusion is a leading provider of website and communication solutions for K-12 education. Its customized web tools connect teachers, students and parents by empowering districts to communicate more effectively.
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closed 9/6/2018 via Company Press Release

Atypon Systems, Inc., acquired Authorea

synopsis: Authorea has joined Atypon, the leading online scholarly publishing technology company. Authorea is the leading platform to write, cite, collaborate, host data, and publish. They're improving how researchers work and make breakthrough discoveries by tackling one of the most important parts of the research cycle: communication.
buyer parent: Wiley
buyer: Atypon Systems, Inc.
Atypon develops software essential to the success of online publishers. The company’s user-oriented approach to product development gives publishers automated and easy-to-use tools for presenting, marketing, and selling their content. "
target: Authorea
Authorea is the leading platform to write, cite, collaborate, host data, and publish. They're improving how researchers work and make breakthrough discoveries by tackling one of the most important parts of the research cycle: communication.
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closed 11/19/2014 via PR Web

Books International Inc., acquired Cloud View Technologies LLC

synopsis: Books International, Inc., a provider of fulfillment services to publishers around the world, announced acquisition of the majority equity in Cloud View Technologies. They offer cloud-based, secure suite of web applications used for eBook fulfillment, digital content delivery, and title management.
buyer: Books International Inc.
Books International, a family owned and operated company, has provided fulfillment services to publishers around the world from the company headquarters in Dulles, VA. BI processes and ships over $200,000,000 of orders per year on behalf of independent publishers and distribution clients. "
target: Cloud View Technologies LLC
Cloud View Technologies is a software developer of digital delivery platforms for publishers, independent authors, and instructors seeking to digitize and deliver custom course materials.
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announced 6/27/2018 via Company Press Release

2U, Inc., will acquire CritiqueIt Inc.

synopsis: 2U, Inc., a global leader in digital education, announced it has agreed to acquire CritiqueIt, Inc., creator of a market-leading digital annotation tool. The CritiqueIt technology facilitates more dynamic engagement among students and faculty by allowing any piece of content to be annotated in real-time.
buyer: 2U, Inc. (TWOU:$831.53)
2U partners with great colleges and universities to build the world's best digital education. Their platform provides a comprehensive fusion of technology, services and data architecture to transform high-quality and rigorous campus-based universities into the best digital versions of themselves. "
target: CritiqueIt Inc.
CritiqueIt provides annotation tools for real-time conversations. The company's technology reaches across market sectors by integrating seamlessly into existing technologies and platforms. They provide to higher education, corporate training, automotive, K-12, retail and scientific services.
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closed 4/6/2022 via Company Press Release

Intellinetics, Inc., acquired YellowFolder

synopsis: Intellinetics, Inc., a cloud-based provider of solutions and services, has acquired Yellow Folder, LLC, a cloud-based records management system (RMS) for K-12 schools. YellowFolder allows staff to securely upload, maintain, and manage student records, district reports, employee records, medical records, personnel data and all other school records.
buyer: Intellinetics, Inc. (GWIV:$11.46)
Intellinetics is a cloud-based content services software provider. Its IntelliCloud suite makes content secure and process-ready for organizations in highly regulated, risk, and compliance-intensive markets in Healthcare, K-12, Public Safety, Public Sector, Financial Services, and beyond. "
target: YellowFolder
YellowFolder is a cloud-based records management system (RMS) for K-12 schools. YellowFolder allows staff to securely upload, maintain, and manage student records, district reports, employee records, medical records, personnel data and all other school records.
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announced 4/15/2021 via BusinessWire

Francisco Partners Management LLC, will acquire VitalSource Technologies LLC

synopsis: Ingram Content Group has signed a definitive agreement to sell VitalSource Technologies LLC, the leading education technology solutions provider, to Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses.
buyer: Francisco Partners Management LLC
Francisco Partners is a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses. Francisco Partners has raised approximately $24 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 300 technology companies. "
target parent: Ingram Industries
target: VitalSource Technologies LLC
VitalSource is the leading education technology solutions provider committed to helping partners create, deliver, and distribute affordable, accessible, and impactful learning experiences worldwide.
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closed 7/18/2006 via PR Newswire

Ingram Digital Ventures, acquired Vital Source Technologies Inc.

synopsis: Ingram Industries Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of Vital Source Technologies, Inc., a leading and trusted provider of digital content delivery solutions in education and professional learning environments.
buyer parent: Ingram Industries
buyer: Ingram Digital Ventures
Ingram Digital Ventures, an operating group of Ingram Industries Inc., is headquartered in LaVergne, Tennessee. "
target: Vital Source Technologies Inc.
Founded in 1994, VitalSource has emerged as the leader in educational content delivery in such sectors as dental, nursing and law. Students and faculty acquire content in the company's VitalBook(TM) file format through a variety of channels using the VitalSource "Bookshelf" application.
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closed 6/29/2017 via PR Web

BrightBytes, acquired Authentica Solutions

synopsis: BrightBytes, a learning analytics organization, announced the acquisition of Authentica Solutions, the developer of DataSense, an education data Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS). Authentica partners with the top enterprise solutions in edtech to help educators at every organizational level meet data management requirements.
buyer: BrightBytes
BrightBytes is a learning analytics organization that translates complex analysis and educational research into fast actions that drive student learning. Their flagship platform, Clarity, measures modern learning outcomes and provides visualized results that are educative, engaging, and actionable. "
target: Authentica Solutions
Authentica Solutions is an education data management company providing data driven software solutions with a core focus on K-12 Data Integration, Centralized Data Management, Education Analytics, and Custom EdTech Solutions.
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closed 9/20/2017 via PR Web

IO Education, acquired eSchoolData, LLC

synopsis: IO Education, a market leader in helping educators use data to improve student outcomes, has acquired eSchoolData, a provider of student and data management solutions for K-12 school districts. eSchoolData's comprehensive, web-based solution features a teacher gradebook, a parent and student portal, data analytics capabilities, and more.
buyer parent: LLR Partners
buyer: IO Education
IO Education is on a mission to empower educators with data to improve educational outcomes. They focus on developing innovative solutions that break down data silos and improve outcomes for three areas of school districts: student achievement, educator effectiveness and operational efficiency. "
target: eSchoolData, LLC
eSchoolData provides a web-based Student Management System that features a teacher gradebook, a parent and student portal, a transportation management module, data analytics capabilities, and more. eSchoolData gives schools the power to turn data into knowledge and knowledge into informed decisions.
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closed 5/23/2021 via BNC Analysis

UpGrad, acquired Impartus Innovations

synopsis: upGrad, the ed tech platform offering online course content, lectures and test material for college and university level students, has announced that it has acquired Impartus, the learning solutions provider which makes use of video tutorials.
buyer: UpGrad
UpGrad is an online higher education platform in India that provides rigorous industry relevant programs designed and delivered in collaboration with world-class faculty and industry. UpGrad merges the latest technology, pedagogy and services to create an immersive learning experience. "
target: Impartus Innovations
Bengaluru-based Impartus is a learning solutions provider which makes use of video tutorials. Impartus' flagship product is a video-based learning platform that enables institutions to capture, edit, and distribute content.
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closed 1/13/2021 via PR Newswire

PressReader, acquired Evident Point Software Corp

synopsis: Canada-based PressReader has acquired Evident Point Software Group. Headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Evident Point is a leading provider of eBook software, providing custom professional digital publishing solutions. With the acquisition, PressReader gains a company at the forefront of the on-screen reading experience.
buyer: PressReader
Headquartered in Canada, PressReader is on a mission to improve the way people discover stories that matter. The company provides an all-you-can-read platform of more than 7,500 newspapers and magazines where people can discover relevant and trusted content from anywhere in the world. "
target parent: LANIT JSC
target: Evident Point Software Corp
Based in Canada, Evident Point is a leading provider of eBook software worldwide, providing custom professional digital publishing solutions. The company works with clients to build eLearning and eBook applications and solutions for publishers, software companies, and educational institutions.
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closed 11/18/2011 via BNC Analysis

LANIT JSC, acquired Evident Point Software Corp

synopsis: Canadian e-book software and firmware provider Evident Point has been acquired by LANIT, a major Russian company providing a diversified range of systems integration and other IT services. Neither the terms of the transaction nor general future plans of the two companies were disclosed.
buyer: LANIT JSC
LANIT JSU is the leading russian CIS multidisciplinary group of IT companies. The group companies offer a full range of IT services, whose number is steadily increasing due to development of advanced and popular technologies and solutions. "
target: Evident Point Software Corp
Evident Point was established in 1995 with the vision of delivering quality software engineering services to major industry players. Evident Point's track record includes many successful projects for Apple, Microsoft, Netronix, Netscape and other industry leading software and hardware vendors.
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closed 7/1/2020 via BusinessWire

MPS Limited, acquired HighWire Press

synopsis: MPS Limited, a leading provider of content, learning, and platform solutions, has completed the acquisition of HighWire Press, a US company that provides digital content development and hosting services to ~140 influential societies, university presses and independent publishers that produce journals, books, and other scholarly publications.
buyer: MPS Limited (BSE:532440:$44.34)
MPS provides platform, learning, and content solutions and is a global partner to the world’s leading enterprises, publishers, learning companies, and content aggregators. "
target parent: Accel-KKR
target: HighWire Press
HighWire is a US company that provides digital content development and hosting services to ~140 influential societies, university presses and independent publishers that produce journals, books, and other scholarly publications. It was founded by Stanford University Libraries in 1995.
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closed 12/14/2016 via Company Press Release

HighWire Press, acquired Semantico Ltd.

synopsis: Scholarly publishing company HighWire Press announced its acquisition of Semantico, a privately held provider of technology and services for the scholarly publishing market. Semantico's mission is to be the partner of choice in helping clients realise the full potential of internet technologies for delivering digital information services.
buyer parent: Accel-KKR
buyer: HighWire Press
HighWire Press delivers technology solutions to leading publishers that disseminate scholarly research worldwide. HighWire provides strategic consulting, professional services and innovative open platform technologies. "
target: Semantico Ltd.
Semantico is an innovative and market-leading digital publishing solutions company. They provide a range of services and technologies including: consultancy, publishing platform design and build, ebook system development, digital marketing, access and identity management, support and hosting.
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closed 11/10/2016 via PE Hub

Authorea, acquired The Winnower

synopsis: Authorea, the online collaborative platform for researchers, announced it has acquired The Winnower, a pioneering research publisher that offers advanced publishing tools to individual authors. With the acquisition, Authorea enhances the foremost online platform for researchers to write, cite, collaborate, host data, and publish all in one place.
buyer: Authorea
Authorea is the place to write scientific, academic, and technical documents in collaboration. Authorea is a digital collaboration platform that encourages more immediate knowledge-sharing in the scientific research community. "
target: The Winnower
The Winnower Inc. operates an open access online scholarly publishing platform that employs open post-publication peer review. Its platform allows users to publish research, essays, peer reviews, and more.
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closed 11/30/2021 via PR Newswire

Procare Software, acquired ChildPlus Software

synopsis: Procare Solutions, a global leader in child care management solutions, announced the acquisition of ChildPlus Software, a leading provider of Head Start management software. Since 1985, ChildPlus has focused on making the best Head Start software available, top-notch support, multiple training options, and a dedication that can't be beat.
buyer parent: TA Associates
buyer: Procare Software
Procare Solutions is the leading provider of child care management software, parent engagement, integrated payment processing, technology and services. The company supports nearly 37,000 child care centers, preschools, daycares, afterschool programs, camps and related facilities. "
target: ChildPlus Software
ChildPlus Software is the #1 most widely used Head Start management software. Since 1985, the team has focused on making the best Head Start software available, top-notch support, multiple training options, and a dedication that can't be beat.
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closed 1/28/2015 via BusinessWire

Fingerprint, Inc., acquired Scribble Press

synopsis: Fingerprint announced that it has acquired Scribble Press. Scribble Press is a multimedia platform accessible via the web and on the iPad. Scribble Press is an easy, fun and free way to create and publish ones stories. Scribble Press’ book-making digital products have been used in more than 35,000 classrooms by kids aged 6-12.
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 parent: Make Meaning Inc.
target: Scribble Press
Scribble Press is a multimedia platform accessible via the web and on the iPad. Scribble Press is an easy, fun and free way to create and publish ones stories. Scribble Press’ book-making digital products have been used in more than 35,000 classrooms by kids aged 6-12.
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closed 7/24/2013 via PR Newswire

Make Meaning Inc., acquired Scribble Press

synopsis: Make Meaning, the ultimate experiential retail and events destination where children and adults can choose from over 50 creative experiences ranging from cake decorating and candle making to jewelry design, soap creation and ceramics, has acquired Scribble Press, a retail "make your own book" format launched in California in 2008.
buyer: Make Meaning Inc.
Make Meaning is a world class entertainment destination that brings guests of all ages together to have fun and be creative. Make Meaning's unique brand of entertainment is delivered through unexpected and unconventional high quality Creative Experiences that inspires surprises and delights. "
target: Scribble Press
Scribble Press is a multimedia platform for creating, sharing and publishing stories. Accessible via the web and on the iPad, Scribble Press is an easy, fun and free way to create and publish your stories.
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closed 3/31/2021 via BusinessWire

Sandbox & Co., acquired Fingerprint, Inc.

synopsis: UK-based Sandbox & Co., a strategic operator of millennial learning and entertainment companies, has acquired Fingerprint, a global provider of digital content for kids and families, to form Sandbox Kids. The new company will deliver on-demand, multimedia, multi-platform, digital subscription services for children and families around the world.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
UK-based Sandbox is an education company with engaging online products and services that make learning fun. At the intersection of the digital, learning, and media industries, Sandbox embraces technological advancements and focus on globally relevant core subjects that centre on 21st century skills."
target: Fingerprint, Inc.
Fingerprint is a leading global provider of digital content for kids and families. Fingerprint licenses its on-demand, multimedia, multiplatform super app Kidomi to OEMs, mobile carriers, Pay TV companies and retailers worldwide to help them better connect with families in a safe and meaningful way.
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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 1/28/2015 via BusinessWire

Fingerprint, Inc., acquired Scribble Press

synopsis: Fingerprint announced that it has acquired Scribble Press. Scribble Press is a multimedia platform accessible via the web and on the iPad. Scribble Press is an easy, fun and free way to create and publish ones stories. Scribble Press’ book-making digital products have been used in more than 35,000 classrooms by kids aged 6-12.
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 parent: Make Meaning Inc.
target: Scribble Press
Scribble Press is a multimedia platform accessible via the web and on the iPad. Scribble Press is an easy, fun and free way to create and publish ones stories. Scribble Press’ book-making digital products have been used in more than 35,000 classrooms by kids aged 6-12.
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closed 6/16/2022 via BNC Analysis

Animoca Brands, acquired TinyTap

synopsis: Animoca Brands, a mobile game developer in Hong Kong, has acquired an 80.45% stake in TinyTap Limited, an educational games platform based in Israel. TinyTap allows families, teachers and students to learn from each other by creating their own learning apps. Their platform offers over 200,000 activities and courses created by teachers worldwide.
buyer: Animoca Brands (ASX:AB1:$8.69)
Hong Kong-based Animoca Brands leverages gamification, blockchain, and AI technologies to develop and publish a broad portfolio of mobile products including games such as The Sandbox and Crazy Kings as well as products based on popular intellectual properties such as Garfield and Thomas & Friends. "
target: TinyTap
TinyTap is an educational games and interactive lessons platform based in Israel. TinyTap allows families, teachers and students to learn from each other by creating their own learning apps. Their platform offers over 200,000 activities and courses created by teachers worldwide.
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closed 3/16/2022 via BusinessWire

Tilting Point, acquired Budge

synopsis: Tilting Point, a leading free-to-play games publisher, has acquired Canada-based Budge Studios, one of the world’s biggest mobile developers within the children’s entertainment and education category. Budge Studios’ app portfolio includes titles featuring many leading brands like Barbie, Paw Patrol, Transformers, and Hello Kitty, among others.
buyer: Tilting Point
Tilting Point is a leading free-to-play publisher that powers up live games using deep marketing and product expertise, cutting-edge technology and a user acquisition war chest. Its most successful games include SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off, Star Trek Timelines, and Warhammer: Chaos & Conquest. "
target: Budge
Canada-based Budge Studios entertains and educates children around the world through innovation, creativity and fun. Its high-quality app portfolio consists of original and branded properties, including Barbie, Transformers, Hot Wheels, My Little Pony Strawberry Shortcake, Hello Kitty and many more.
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closed 2/9/2022 via BusinessWire

Sandbox & Co., acquired PlayKids

synopsis: Sandbox & Co, a London-based millennial education company, has acquired PlayKids from Movile, a technology investor in Latin America. PlayKids is a digital education platform in Brazil. Their app features cartoons, books, educational games, and interactive activities for children aged 2-6. They also offer a children's book-subscription service.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
Sandbox is a London-based millennial education company with engaging online products and services that make learning fun. Sandbox brands embrace technological advancements, focus on globally relevant core subjects that center on families’ interests, and help develop 21st century skills. "
target parent: Naspers Ltd.
target: PlayKids
PlayKids is a leading digital education platform in Brazil. PlayKids provides a mobile app that features cartoons, books, educational games, and interactive activities for children aged 2-6. They also offer a children's book-subscription service through their Leiturinha brand.
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closed 3/31/2021 via BusinessWire

Sandbox & Co., acquired Fingerprint, Inc.

synopsis: UK-based Sandbox & Co., a strategic operator of millennial learning and entertainment companies, has acquired Fingerprint, a global provider of digital content for kids and families, to form Sandbox Kids. The new company will deliver on-demand, multimedia, multi-platform, digital subscription services for children and families around the world.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
UK-based Sandbox is an education company with engaging online products and services that make learning fun. At the intersection of the digital, learning, and media industries, Sandbox embraces technological advancements and focus on globally relevant core subjects that centre on 21st century skills."
target: Fingerprint, Inc.
Fingerprint is a leading global provider of digital content for kids and families. Fingerprint licenses its on-demand, multimedia, multiplatform super app Kidomi to OEMs, mobile carriers, Pay TV companies and retailers worldwide to help them better connect with families in a safe and meaningful way.
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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. (BSE:543280:$69.18)
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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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:$1,642.90)
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
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$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 1/26/2012 via PR Web

Chairseven, acquired App Creation Network LLC

synopsis: Chairseven announced that it has acquired App Creation Network, a mobile development studio providing software development and mobile programming services.
buyer: Chairseven
Chairseven is a multi-platform design & software studio that develops pioneering user experiences, applications, and products for some of the world's leading brands. They are a digital creative and consulting agency specializing in strategy, design, content and development. "
target: App Creation Network LLC
The App Creation Network is comprised of creative professionals from all aspects of the Information Technology industry. They are designers, modders, software developers, website creators, and mobile programmers, that bring user-friendly applications.
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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 7/20/2011 via BusinessWire

Bally Technologies, Inc., acquired Macro View Labs

synopsis: Bally Technologies, Inc., a leader in gaming-industry technology, announced that it has acquired privately held MacroView Labs. MacroView Labs is the leading provider of mobile applications and mobile websites to the casino industry, with a customer base of more than 20 casinos, including some of the world’s largest gaming operators.
buyer: Bally Technologies, Inc. (BYI:$1,137.28)
With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies designs, manufactures, operates and distributes advanced gaming devices, systems and technology solutions worldwide. "
target: Macro View Labs
MacroView Labs is the leading provider of mobile applications and mobile websites to the casino industry, with a customer base of more than 20 casinos, including some of the world’s largest gaming operators, and more than 1 million users of their provided applications.
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$8.80
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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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announced 2/4/2015 via BNC Analysis

Google Inc., will acquire Launchpad Toys

synopsis: Google is buying the kids app-maker Launchpad Toys. Launchpad Toys develops digital toys and tools that empower kids to create, learn and share their ideas through play. They make a handful of popular mobile apps for children including an augmented reality app called TeleStory and an animation storytelling tool called Toontastic.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$257,637.00)
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people with information every day. Google is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. "
target: Launchpad Toys
Launchpad Toys develops digital toys and tools that empower kids to create, learn and share their ideas through play.
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closed 8/4/2014 via PR Newswire

LeapFrog, acquired KidZui

synopsis: LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the leader in children's educational entertainment, announced that it has acquired KidZui, the leading kid-friendly internet browser. Created in 2006, the KidZui technology offers a kid-safe web experience and currently powers LeapSearch on all LeapFrog Wi-Fi enabled children's tablets.
buyer: LeapFrog (LF:$222.94)
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has created award-winning learning solutions that combine educational expertise, innovative technology and a child's love for fun. "
target parent: Saban Capital Group
target: KidZui
KidZui is the leading kid-friendly internet browser. Created in 2006, the KidZui technology offers a kid-safe web experience. Once downloaded, KidZui provides kids access to millions of pre-loaded kid-friendly websites, YouTube videos, online games, and pictures.
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