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closed 9/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

NeoStencil, acquired TestCafe

synopsis: NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd, which runs an online IAS coaching platform, has acquired analytics-based testing portal TestCafe. Noida-based TestCafe, which caters to those preparing for MBA entrances, tracks and analyses students’ performance and generates actionable recommendations.
buyer: NeoStencil
NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd runs an online IAS (Indian Administrative Service) coaching platform. NeoStencil provides live as well as recorded classes, test series and study material for civil services exams. "
target: TestCafe
Noida-based TestCafe, which caters to those preparing for MBA entrances, tracks and analyses students’ performance and generates actionable recommendations. The company was founded in 2016 by Anish Passi, an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus.
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closed 4/15/2016 via Company Press Release

Wolters Kluwer Health, acquired PrepU

synopsis: Wolters Kluwer Health, a provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, announced that it has acquired the adaptive learning technology that powers the PrepU quizzing tool for nursing and medical education. PrepU streamlines the study and learning process through customized adaptive learning experiences.
buyer parent: Wolters Kluwer NV
buyer: Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. "
target parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
target: PrepU
PrepU streamlines the study and learning process through customized adaptive learning experiences. The company offers test prep for college biology, nursing, and medical concentrations.
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closed 5/30/2018 via BusinessWire

ECS Learning Systems, Inc., acquired PrepWorks

synopsis: Asteria Education, Inc., DBA ECS Learning Systems, the leading Integrated Standards Prep™ company and developer of STAAR MASTER, announced the acquisition of Miami-based PREPWORKS, a globally recognized leader in education technology and competency-based learning.
buyer parent: Asteria Education, Inc.
buyer: ECS Learning Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1982 in San Antonio, Texas, ECS Learning Systems is the Integrated Standards Prep™ company publishing STAAR MASTER®, TestSMART® and Novel Units®. From the beginning, their company mission has been to create quality, innovative K-12 resources that make teaching easier. "
target: PrepWorks
PREPWORKS is a globally recognized leader in education technology and competency-based learning. With a combination of intelligent software, courseware, and reporting, Prepworks is disrupting student achievement in secondary school and higher education to promote college and career readiness.
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closed 11/5/2012 via BusinessWire

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., acquired CPAexcel

synopsis: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of content and workflow solutions supporting research; professional development; and education, announced that it has acquired Efficient Learning Systems (ELS), Inc, an e-learning system provider in areas like professional finance and accounting.
buyer: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JW.A:$1,830.28)
John Wiley & Sons is a global publisher. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology/Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace. "
target: CPAexcel
Efficient Learning Systems, Inc. is a leader in computer-based exam review for students. As producers of CPAexcel CPA Exam Review, it produces online test preparation platforms that enrich the learning experience through the use of a unique presentation system.
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cancelled 6/26/2006 via Company Press Release

Facts On File News Service, cancelled an acquisition of Bridges Transitions, Inc.

synopsis: Bridges Transitions Inc. has received notification from Facts on File, Inc. that it is withdrawing its previously announced, unsolicited, non-binding, proposal to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Bridges. As a consequence, Bridges has ceased all discussions with Facts on File, Inc.
buyer parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
buyer: Facts On File News Service
Facts On File is recognized as one of the leading print and electronic publishers of general reference materials for the school and library markets. Its product formats include single and multi-volume books, online databases, loose-leaf binders and CD-ROMs. "
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 8/30/2018 via BNC Analysis

Descomplica, acquired PaperX

synopsis: Descomplica acquired PaperX, a startup focused on developing exercises and online evaluations as tests and simulations. With PaperX, students can prepare for exams with simulated tests to ensure a better performance in the college entrance examination.
buyer: Descomplica
Descomplica is the 1st largest digital education company in Brazil. Their history begins in 2011 as an online education startup helping students from all over Brazil improve at the ENEM. The ENEM is a Brazilian national exam, which evaluates high school students in Brazil. "
target: PaperX
PaperX is a Brazilian startup focused on developing exercises and online evaluations as tests and simulations. With PaperX, students can prepare for exams with simulated tests to ensure a better performance in the college entrance examination.
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closed 2/7/2019 via PR Newswire

TAL Education Group, acquired Ready4, Inc.

synopsis: Tomorrow Advancing Life Education Group (TAL), a leading education and technology enterprise in China, has acquired Ready4, Inc., the world's most advanced mobile learning platform. Ready4 provides high-quality, AI-powered live and on demand test prep courses for GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and MCAT.
buyer: TAL Education Group (TAL:$2,340.52)
Tomorrow Advancing Life (TAL) is a leading education and technology enterprise in China. Since its establishment, TAL is committed to integrating technologies and the Internet into education, to deliver a better study experience for children through K-12. "
target: Ready4, Inc.
Ready4 is the world's most advanced mobile learning platform. Ready4 provides high-quality, AI-powered live and on demand test prep courses for GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and MCAT. Ready4 has helped more than 2 million students in over 150 countries improve their college admissions test scores.
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announced 5/6/2019 via BusinessWire

Wiley, will acquire Knewton, Inc.

synopsis: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. a global leader in research and education, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of affordable courseware and adaptive learning technology. Knewton developed an advanced learning system demonstrated to deliver highly-personalized learning experiences that drive superior outcomes.
buyer: Wiley (NYSE:JW.A:$1,830.28)
Wiley's scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals and digital learning, certification, and student-lifecycle services and solutions help students, researchers, universities, and corporations to achieve their goals in an ever-changing world "
target: Knewton, Inc.
Knewton puts achievement within reach for everyone through adaptive learning technology and products that deliver personalized and lasting learning experiences. Alta is Knewton’s fully integrated, adaptive learning courseware.
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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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announced 4/12/2018 via BNC Analysis

Reliance Industries Limited, will acquire Embibe

synopsis: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a conglomerate holding company headquartered in Mumbai, India, will acquire a 73% stake in Embibe, a leading online test preparation portal in India. Embibe helps students prepare for life-changing exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, and CET.
buyer: Reliance Industries Limited (NSEI:RELIANCE:$86,476.96)
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is a conglomerate holding company headquartered in Mumbai, India. RIL is India’s largest private sector company, with activities that span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail and 4G digital services. "
target: Embibe
Embibe is a leading online test preparation portal in India. Their AI-based education platform uses data analytics to deliver personalized learning outcomes to each student. Embibe helps students prepare for life-changing exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, and CET.
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closed 4/17/2015 via BNC Analysis

Toppr, acquired EasyPrep

synopsis: Mumbai-based Haygot Education Pvt Ltd which runs digital ed-tech startup Toppr.com, has acquired EasyPrepEasyPrep, an online entrance exam preparation platform. EasyPrep offers customised exam creation platform for schools and helps students prepare for competitive examinations.
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: EasyPrep
EasyPrep is a customized exam creation platform for schools, coaching institutes and teachers and an exam preparation platform for students. Easyprep is a complete package for students to supplement their exam preparation.
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closed 2/16/2012 via PR Newswire

Naviance, acquired PrepMe

synopsis: Naviance, the K-12 division of Hobsons, and the leading provider of measurable student success solutions for schools and districts, announced its acquisition of PrepMe, a leader in adaptive learning technologies and test preparation programs for the PSAT, SAT and ACT.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Naviance
Naviance is the leading provider of measurable student success solutions for K-12 schools. Serving more than 300,000 educators and 4.5 million students, Naviance provides student-centric tools for course, career, college and success planning. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: PrepMe
PrepMe is a leader in the online test preparation and course delivery space. The company offers an adaptive learning platform that is used by publishers to transform their content into highly engaging, personalized online courses.
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closed 7/19/2011 via PR Newswire

Ascend Learning, acquired PrepMe

synopsis: PrepMe announced the sale of its adaptive learning platform and virtual classroom to Ascend Learning, a leading digital and print education company. PrepMe will continue to provide online college preparation and Coursification™ services under license from Ascend Learning.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Ascend Learning
Ascend Learning is a leading provider of technology-based educational, curriculum and assessment solutions for the healthcare industry and other vocational fields. It is renowned for delivering solutions that result in higher-performing student results at a lower cost. "
target: PrepMe
PrepMe is a leader in the online test preparation and course delivery space. The company offers an adaptive learning platform that is used by publishers to transform their content into highly engaging, personalized online courses.
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announced 1/3/2020 via BNC Analysis

Aakash Educational Services Limited, will acquire Meritnation

synopsis: Aakash Educational Services Ltd, a leading educational institution in India, will acquire a 66% stake in Meritnation from Info Edge, India’s premier online classifieds company. Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for math, science and English.
buyer: Aakash Educational Services Limited
Aakash is a leading educational institution in India. Aakash provides comprehensive test preparatory services to students preparing for medical and engineering entrance exams, school/board exams, KVPY, NTSE, Olympiads and other Foundation level exams. "
target parent: Info Edge
target: Meritnation
Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for mathematics, science and English. They also offer online and offline test preparation modules for various undergraduate entrance examinations.
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$7.00*
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$5
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closed 10/18/2010 via BusinessWire

Triumph Learning, acquired Educational Tools, Inc.

synopsis: Triumph Learning, the market leader in state-specific, standards-focused education material that supports student instruction, said that it has acquired Educational Tools, Inc., the developer of the industry leading iCORE digital curriculum product for state-aligned and Common Core standards instruction.
buyer parent: Haights Cross Communications, LLC
buyer: Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, a subsidiary of Haights Cross Communications, is the market leader in state-specific, standards-focused education material that supports student instruction. The company’s mission is to assist teachers in their goal to raise student achievement. "
target: Educational Tools, Inc.
Educational Tools, Inc. is the creator and developer of iCORE, an industry leading digital curriculum tool for K-12 teachers nationwide. iCORE provides individualized instruction that is fully aligned to state specific standards for math, science, reading and social studies.
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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 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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closed 5/13/2014 via BusinessWire

Link-Systems International, acquired ComFit Learning

synopsis: Link-Systems International, Inc., a market leader in integrated, technology-based solutions for educators, announced that, through its wholly owned subsidiary CF Learning, LLC, it has completed its acquisition of the Comfit™ online learning business from Comfit, LLC, a Connecticut-based education company.
buyer: Link-Systems International
Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI) is a market-leading software company that helps academic institutions create effective digital solutions for teaching and learning. LSI has created several unique and powerful software platforms that facilitate the sharing of content over the Internet. "
target: ComFit Learning
ComFit Learning is an Internet-based education company that develops technology-supported instructional resources specifically designed to help educators reverse the increasingly worrisome trend of declining retention and graduation rates.
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closed 7/31/2013 via BusinessWire

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, acquired Grockit

synopsis: Kaplan has acquired the test prep assets and social learning platform of Grockit, Inc., a San Francisco-based pioneer in social learning applications and technologies. Grockit, Inc. improves academic achievement and extend learning outside of the classroom by advancing online social learning as the dominant instructional design.
buyer parent: The Washington Post Company
buyer: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. "
target: Grockit
Grockit was created to improve the learning outcomes of students by applying the power of social networks, adaptive algorithms, and gaming mechanics to the process of learning. Grockit uses social gaming technology and Web 2.0 infrastructure to create a fun learning environment for students.
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closed 3/10/2015 via BNC Analysis

Embibe, acquired 100 Marks

synopsis: Leading education portal to prepare for competitive entrance tests Embibe.com announced the take-over of 100Marks, a student guidance platform for Indian Institute of Information Technology Joint Entrance Examination and All India Engineering Entrance Examination.
buyer: Embibe
Embibe.com is the flagship brand of Mumbai based company - Individual Learning Pvt Ltd., an education analytics consumer tech start-up. Embibe is a leading education portal to prepare for competitive entrance tests in India. "
target: 100 Marks
100Marks is aiming to be one stop shop for education material online. 100Marks is a place where users can get access to free customized study plans and free preparation material for Indian Institute of Information Technology Joint Entrance Examination and All India Engineering Entrance Examination.
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closed 9/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

NeoStencil, acquired TestCafe

synopsis: NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd, which runs an online IAS coaching platform, has acquired analytics-based testing portal TestCafe. Noida-based TestCafe, which caters to those preparing for MBA entrances, tracks and analyses students’ performance and generates actionable recommendations.
buyer: NeoStencil
NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd runs an online IAS (Indian Administrative Service) coaching platform. NeoStencil provides live as well as recorded classes, test series and study material for civil services exams. "
target: TestCafe
Noida-based TestCafe, which caters to those preparing for MBA entrances, tracks and analyses students’ performance and generates actionable recommendations. The company was founded in 2016 by Anish Passi, an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus.
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closed 9/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

NeoStencil, acquired TestCafe

synopsis: NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd, which runs an online IAS coaching platform, has acquired analytics-based testing portal TestCafe. Noida-based TestCafe, which caters to those preparing for MBA entrances, tracks and analyses students’ performance and generates actionable recommendations.
buyer: NeoStencil
NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd runs an online IAS (Indian Administrative Service) coaching platform. NeoStencil provides live as well as recorded classes, test series and study material for civil services exams. "
target: TestCafe
Noida-based TestCafe, which caters to those preparing for MBA entrances, tracks and analyses students’ performance and generates actionable recommendations. The company was founded in 2016 by Anish Passi, an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus.
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closed 3/11/2019 via PR Newswire

Interactivation, acquired Med School Tutors

synopsis: Interactivation, a holding company owned by entrepreneurs Joe Covey and Matthew Davidge, has acquired Med School Tutors, the leading medical school tutoring company that helps aspiring physicians succeed in medical school, on their standardized exams, and beyond.
buyer: Interactivation
Interactivation is a holding company owned by Joe Covey and Matthew Davidge. The company focuses on acquiring and operating media, education and health companies. Interactivation likes to buy small “orphan business units” from large companies with revenue of at least $10 million. "
target: Med School Tutors
Med School Tutors is the leading medical school tutoring company offering one-to-one online tutoring for the USMLE, COMLEX, Shelf Exams, Medical Coursework and Admissions and Residency Advisement, as well as consulting services for medical schools.
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