college application software

announced 1/11/2010 via PR Newswire

CUnet LLC, will acquire Sparkroom Corp.

synopsis: CUnet, a subsidiary of Nelnet Inc., announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sparkroom, a leading provider of enrollment marketing automation and lead performance management solutions.
buyer parent: Nelnet, Inc.
buyer: CUnet LLC
CUnet is the premier provider of online performance media and interactive marketing services driving qualified student inquiries and enrollments for the higher education industry. "
target: Sparkroom Corp.
Sparkroom's Lead Deliver, Lead IQ, and Lead Market Analytics deliver a hosted business intelligence platform to give direct response marketers the tools and expertise needed to measure, manage, and optimize their lead acquisition spending across every direct response channel.
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closed 3/31/2020 via Company Press Release

Learning Technologies Group, acquired Blackboard Open LMS

synopsis: Learning Technologies Group plc, a market-leader in the workplace digital learning and talent management market, has acquired Blackboard’s Open LMS platform. Blackboard Open LMS provides a strong, open source foundation for competency-based blended, online and professional learning to drive institutional and organizational effectiveness.
buyer: Learning Technologies Group (AIM:LTG:$183.05)
Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG) is a market-leader in the fast-growing workplace digital learning and talent management market. LTG offers large organizations a new approach to learning and talent in a business world driven by digital transformation. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: Blackboard Open LMS
Blackboard Open LMS™ provides a strong, open source foundation for competency-based blended, online and professional learning to drive institutional and organizational effectiveness.
price ($mm)
$32
rev ($mm)
$16
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/12/2019 via BNC Analysis

National Olympiad Foundation, acquired Edurer Knowledge labs

synopsis: Indore-based assessment firm National Olympiad Foundation has acquired ed-tech startup Edurer Knowledge Labs, an India-based company that offers a line of cloud-based SaaS products, designed to meet the learning and administrative needs of institutions and corporates.
buyer: National Olympiad Foundation
Headquartered in India, National Olympiad Foundation constitutes docking of academic talent and social entrepreneurship helping talent to come out from the walls of the classroom. NOF conducts its own GLOBAL talent search exams where resources are utilized for children in need. "
target: Edurer Knowledge labs
Edurer, is an India-based Ed-Tech Startup that offers a line of cloud-based SaaS products, designed to meet the learning and administrative needs of institutions and corporates. Their offerings include services and resources, to automate management, acquire new students and engage them effectively.
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closed 10/16/2013 via PR Web

Gilfus Venture Partners, acquired Adrenna Inc.

synopsis: Gilfus Venture Partners has announced that they have acquired Adrenna Inc., a provider of innovative learning technologies and immersive content solutions for Education and Workforce including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, Union, and Associations.
buyer: Gilfus Venture Partners
Gilfus Venture Partners, LLC (GVP) formed by Stephen Gilfus a founder of DC based Blackboard Inc. was created to stimulate and advance the development of internet leveraged ventures. The Group is primarily interested in: Education and eLearning, Social Networking, and Niche/ Boutique Businesses. "
target: Adrenna Inc.
Adrenna is transforming the way organizations approach training, education and learning by providing innovative learning technologies and immersive content solutions for Education and Workforce including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, Union, and Associations.
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closed 3/26/2012 via PR Newswire

Blackboard Inc., acquired Moodlerooms, Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced that it has acquired Moodlerooms, a provider of open source online learning solutions to the education industry. Moodlerooms, Inc. provides an online learning platform that solves the instructional, financial, and technology needs for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
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: Moodlerooms, Inc.
Moodlerooms, Inc. provides an online learning platform that solves the instructional, financial, and technology needs for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
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closed 8/2/2017 via PR Newswire

Elsevier B.V., acquired Bepress

synopsis: Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, acquired Bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions' research for maximum impact.
buyer parent: RELX Group plc
buyer: Elsevier B.V.
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, and more. "
target: Bepress
Founded by professors in 1999, Bepress exists to serve academia. Bepress builds hosted solutions that let academic institutions showcase and share their works for maximum impact. The Bepress model is unlimited, cloud-based, and fully hosted, and includes dedicated consulting and support.
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closed 8/1/2016 via BusinessWire

Agilent Technologies Inc., acquired iLab Solutions, LLC

synopsis: Agilent Technologies Inc., a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets, announced it has completed the asset acquisition of iLab Solutions LLC, a leader in cloud-based solutions for core laboratory management.
buyer: Agilent Technologies Inc. (A:$4,720.00)
Agilent Technologies Inc. is a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. Agilent works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. "
target: iLab Solutions, LLC
iLab Solutions is the leader in providing web-based management services to academic research institutions with customers that include leading NIH-funded universities, research hospitals, and independent institutes.
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closed 9/11/2012 via PR Newswire

CareerBuilder, Inc., acquired Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

synopsis: CareerBuilder has acquired Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), an economic software firm that specializes in employment data and labor market analysis. Joining forces, CareerBuilder and EMSI will be providing clients with a truly unique perspective on current and future employment trends, skills development and recruitment strategies.
buyer parent: Gannett Co., Inc.
buyer: CareerBuilder, Inc.
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset - their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States, with more than 24 million visitors, 1 million jobs and 45 million resumes. "
target parent: Tregaron Capital Company
target: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports. EMSI has produced more than 1,200 comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities in the US and internationally.
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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 2/4/2011 via BNC Analysis

Blackboard Inc., acquired iStrategy Solutions

synopsis: iStrategy Solutions and Blackboard have decided to join forces. iStrategy provides information technology solutions in the areas of business intelligence, analytical business processes, and financial systems. It offers business intelligence, data warehousing, analytic applications, budgeting and planning, and management reporting solutions.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. "
target: iStrategy Solutions
iStrategy Solutions provides information technology solutions in the areas of business intelligence, analytical business processes, and financial systems. It offers business intelligence, data warehousing, analytic applications, budgeting and planning, and management reporting solutions.
price ($mm)
$13
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closed 2/21/2008 via PR Newswire

Roper Industries, Inc., acquired The CBORD Group, Inc.

synopsis: Roper Industries, Inc. has acquired The CBORD Group, Inc., the leading supplier of card systems and integrated security solutions to higher education, healthcare and other markets, in a transaction valued at $367 million, including $23 million in tax benefits that can be utilized over time.
buyer: Roper Industries, Inc. (ROP:$5,405.00)
Roper Industries is a market-driven, diversified growth company with trailing twelve month revenues of $2.2 billion. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications. "
target parent: Sterling Investment Partners
target: The CBORD Group, Inc.
The CBORD Group provides service to the campus-wide needs of higher-education facilities. CBORD works with a variety of clients and markets, providing cashless and ID card control systems, housing management systems, online ordering service, and the Student Advantage discount membership program.
price ($mm)[EV]
$344 [$321]
rev ($mm)
$80
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EV / rev
4.0x
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closed 12/10/2012 via BNC Analysis

Advanced Computer Software plc, acquired Serco Learning

synopsis: Advanced Computer Software Group plc announces that it has acquired Serco Learning. Serco Learning is a supplier of management information systems to the UK education market, providing training and support to over 2,000 academies, independent schools and higher and further education providers.
buyer: Advanced Computer Software plc (GB:ASW:$333.60)
Advanced Computer Software Group plc is the leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and commercial sectors with a primary focus on delivering high quality products and services to enable first class delivery of care in the community. "
target parent: Serco Group plc
target: Serco Learning
Serco Learning is a trading division of Serco Group plc and is the number two supplier of management information systems to the UK education market, providing training and support to over 2,000 academies, independent schools and higher and further education providers.
price ($mm)[EV]
$10 [$10]
rev ($mm)
$21
EBITDA ($mm)
$2
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5.3x
closed 12/10/2009 via BusinessWire

Hellman & Friedman LLC, JMI Equity Fund, acquired Datatel Inc.

synopsis: Datatel, Inc., the industry’s most experienced provider of higher education software, services, and insight, announced that affiliates of Hellman & Friedman LLC have completed their purchase of Datatel. Hellman & Friedman is a leading private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London.
buyer: Hellman & Friedman LLC
buyer: JMI Equity Fund
Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Hellman & Friedman has raised over $25 billion of committed capital and invested in over 60 companies across three principal offices in London, New York and San Francisco. "
target parent: Thoma Bravo, LLC
target: Datatel Inc.
Datatel's comprehensive solutions offer both integrated software and professional services to meet the business needs of Higher Education. For more than two decades, Datatel has focused exclusively on higher education.
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closed 3/8/2016 via BusinessWire

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., acquired LoudCloud Systems

synopsis: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the USA, announced it has completed the acquisition of the assets of LoudCloud Systems, a sophisticated digital platform and analytics provider to clients in higher education, the for-profit sector, and K-12 segment.
buyer: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (BNED:$2,185.39)
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a leading provider of digital education services, enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions. "
target: LoudCloud Systems
LoudCloud’s platforms include a competency based courseware platform, a learning analytics platform and services, and a learning management system. Its software captures and analyzes key behavioral and performance metrics from students, allowing educators to monitor and improve student outcomes.
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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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announced 12/11/2013 via Company Press Release

Rosetta Stone Inc., will acquire Tell Me More

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc, a leading provider of education technology and language-learning solutions, announced it has agreed to acquire Tell Me More S.A., a global language-learning software company with significant presence throughout Europe, including France and Spain, as well as in the U.S., Latin America and China.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. "
target: Tell Me More
Tell Me More is a global language-learning software company with significant presence throughout Europe. It delivers an engaging learning experience that combines the most innovative content with the latest in learning theory and pedagogy while leveraging state of the art technology.
price ($mm)
$29
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closed 11/29/2017 via PR Newswire

Instructure, acquired Practice XYZ, Inc.

synopsis: Instructure, Inc., a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company in education and learning and performance management, announced it has acquired Practice, an applied video microlearning solution used to sustain continuous learning cultures and drive innovation.
buyer: Instructure (INST:$245.53)
Instructure is a technology company that is focused on improving education. Instructure created Canvas, Gauge, Arc and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. "
target: Practice XYZ, Inc.
Practice is an applied video microlearning solution used to sustain continuous learning cultures and drive innovation. Organizations use Practice to create a scalable means for teams to practice skills and receive feedback through the power of peer-to-peer video assessment and coaching.
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$28
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closed 4/11/2013 via

manaba, purchased Sakai Division from rSmart

synopsis: Asahi Net International has acquired rSmart's learning management division, which builds solutions on the open source, community developed Sakai platform. The Sakai platform will become a part of manaba, a cloud-based collaborative learning system provided by Asahi Net International.
buyer parent: ASAHI Net, Inc.
buyer: manaba
manaba is a cloud-based collaborative learning system developed by the Internet service provider ASAHI Net, Inc. It was designed to connect students and teachers, enable students to accumulate learning evidence and elevate learning outcomes through mutual review. "
seller: rSmart
rSmart will helps clients get the most out of Sakai CLE, maximizing system usage and effectiveness with the perfect combination of online and onsite training, plus one-on-one consulting – for all types of users.
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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 8/1/2016 via BusinessWire

H.I.G. Capital, acquired Symplicity Corporation

synopsis: H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm, has acquired Symplicity Corporation, a company that sells SaaS-based solutions to over 1,200 colleges and graduate school programs that help manage all aspects of a student’s life on campus, including career services, academics, behavioral intervention, and student conduct.
buyer: H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. Capital is a leading global private equity investment firm with $19 billion of equity capital under management.* The H.I.G. family of funds includes private equity, growth equity, real estate, debt/credit, lending and life sciences. "
target: Symplicity Corporation
Symplicity sells SaaS-based solutions to over 1,200 colleges and graduate school programs that help manage all aspects of a student’s life on campus, including career services, academics, behavioral intervention, and student conduct.
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Sparkroom Corp.

Blackboard Open LMS

Edurer Knowledge labs

Adrenna Inc.

Moodlerooms, Inc.

Bepress

iLab Solutions, LLC

Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

The Winnower

iStrategy Solutions

The CBORD Group, Inc.

Serco Learning

Datatel Inc.

LoudCloud Systems

Altius Education

Tell Me More

Practice XYZ, Inc.

rSmart

Evident Point Software Corp

Symplicity Corporation

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