youth tech

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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closed 4/10/2017 via PR Newswire

Genstar Capital LLC, acquired Blue Star Sports

synopsis: Blue Star Sports, a leading provider of sports management software and payment solutions, announced that it has received a majority equity investment from Genstar Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on investments in targeted segments of the financial services, software, industrial technology, and healthcare industries.
buyer: Genstar Capital LLC
Genstar Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity firm that invests in leading middle-market companies. For over 20 years, they have utilized their deep industry knowledge and extensive executive networks to create value at their companies. "
target: Blue Star Sports
Blue Star Sports (BSS) is the industry leader in youth sports management by centralizing all operations and providing a complete innovative platform for all national governing bodies, youth sports leagues, clubs and associations.
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closed 9/15/2016 via BusinessWire

Blue Star Sports, acquired Leaguelineup

synopsis: Industry leader in youth sports management, Blue Star Sports has acquired LeagueLineup to add deeper, more innovative technology to its all-inclusive software. With over 25,000 customers, LeagueLineup provides free and paid technology features to youth and amateur sports teams, clubs and leagues.
buyer: Blue Star Sports
Blue Star Sports (BSS) is the industry leader in youth sports management by centralizing all operations and providing a complete innovative platform for all national governing bodies, youth sports leagues, clubs and associations. "
target: Leaguelineup
Since 1998, LeagueLineup has been a pioneer in league and team management solutions for youth and amateur sports organizations. Tens of thousands of organizations trust LeagueLineup to run their websites, player registrations, leagues, teams, and tournaments.
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closed 7/11/2012 via BNC Analysis

Mind Candy, acquired Origami Blue

synopsis: Mind Candy announced they acquired games studio Origami Blue to launch thier new innovation centre ‘Candy Labs’ down in Brighton. Candy Labs will be a research and development studio that experiments with new ideas of entertainment for children. The ideas will be a mix of digital and non-digital entertaiment.
buyer: Mind Candy
Mind Candy is an entertainment company that creates extraordinary brands with online games at their heart. "
target: Origami Blue
Origami Blue is a games studio based in Brighton, UK.
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closed 8/22/2019 via BusinessWire

Stack Sports, acquired Affinity Sports and Blue Sombrero

synopsis: Stack Sports, a provider of sports technology, has acquired Affinity Sports and Blue Sombrero from DICK’S Sporting Goods, a sporting goods retailer. Affinity Sports provides cloud based management systems for the youth sports industry. Blue Sombrero provides web design, registration, and league management tools for youth sports organizations.
buyer parent: Genstar Capital LLC
buyer: Stack Sports
Stack Sports is a global technology leader in Software as a Service platform offerings for the sports industry. They provide an integrated cloud-based technology platform that helps support national governing bodies, youth sports leagues, clubs and associations, parents, coaches, and athletes. "
target parent: Dick's Sporting Goods
target: Affinity Sports and Blue Sombrero
Affinity Sports is a technology innovator in cloud based management systems for youth sports administration and member management. Blue Sombrero is the leading provider of web design, websites, registration, and league management tools for youth sports organizations.
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closed 8/21/2019 via BNC Analysis

Phoenix Labs, acquired Bot School

synopsis: Phoenix Labs, the Vancouver-based studio founded under the principle of creating new AAA multiplayer experiences for gamers, has acquired Bot School, a game and platform developer that creates games that are effective and approachable at introducing coding concepts.
buyer: Phoenix Labs
Headquartered in Canada, Phoenix Labs is an independent game studio. They were founded under the principle of creating new AAA multiplayer experiences for gamers to create lasting, memorable relationships for years to come. "
target: Bot School
Bot School is a game and platform developer. They create games that are effective and approachable at introducing coding concepts, fun enough that kids would want to keep playing it on their own, and designed to be safe and secure so parents don’t have to worry.
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closed 2/21/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Recall Studios, acquired NameGames

synopsis: Recall Studios, a next generation media company that specializes in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Non-Linear Storytelling, has acquired NameGames, an award-winning educational software development company.
buyer: Recall Studios (OTCPK:BTOP:$0.04)
Recall Studios is a next generation media company. With decades of experience developing immersive narratives across multiple platforms, Recall Studios specializes in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Non-Linear Storytelling. "
target: NameGames
NameGames is an award-winning educational software development company. Their unique “edutainment” products are designed to strengthen important relationships between children and their loved ones by engaging in shared, rewarding experiences.
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closed 8/15/2016 via BusinessWire

Blue Star Sports, acquired SDI Camps & Races, LLC

synopsis: Blue Star Sports, the industry leader in youth sports management, announces its acquisition of SDI Camps and Races, LLC, a sports camp and online registration management solution. SDI Camps creates, hosts, and manages custom websites for sport camps, including registration, merchandise sales, and customer support.
buyer: Blue Star Sports
Blue Star Sports (BSS) is the industry leader in youth sports management by centralizing all operations and providing a complete innovative platform for all national governing bodies, youth sports leagues, clubs and associations. "
target: SDI Camps & Races, LLC
SDI Camps offers a full service one-stop-shop package for camp coaches and directors, looking for a self-service website. They creates, hosts and manages custom websites for any organization seeking an online registration system.
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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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announced 2/17/2017 via Market Wire

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

synopsis: Adaiah Distribution is to acquire multiple assets from 3D Pioneer Systems Inc. The assets include intellectual property for 3D printer development, a project for the development of a 3D printing platform and marketplace and the first app, of a series of children's apps, called Save Your Planet Kids.
buyer: Adaiah Distribution Inc.
Adaiah Distribution, Inc. is a holding company based out of Madona, Latvia. The company was founded in 2013. "
target: 3D Pioneer Systems, Inc.
The assets being acquired from 3D Pioneer Systems Inc. include intellectual property for 3D printer development, a project for the development of a 3D printing platform and marketplace and the first app, of a series of children's apps, called Save Your Planet Kids.
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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:$196,682.00)
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 11/18/2014 via BusinessWire

Cupcake Digital, Inc., acquired Little Bit Studio

synopsis: Cupcake Digital, Inc, a leading developer of award-winning children’s apps has acquired Little Bit Studio, LLC, developers of the popular Bugs and Buttons series of apps for children. Little Bit Studio builds apps that kids enjoy and parents appreciate because they blend creativity and abstract concepts with learning.
buyer: Cupcake Digital, Inc.
Founded in 2012, Cupcake Digital, Inc. is a leading developer of award-winning children’s enhanced storybook, interactive play and gaming app, giving kids the opportunity to interact with the characters they love by transforming children’s entertainment properties into award-winning apps. "
target: Little Bit Studio
Little Bit Studio makes apps for kids that are fun and educational. The company builds apps that kids enjoy and parents appreciate because they blend creativity and abstract concepts with learning.
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closed 5/16/2016 via BusinessWire

Blue Star Sports, acquired Goalline

synopsis: Blue Star Sports, the leading integrated software and payments provider to youth sports organizations, announced the acquisition of Goalline – a North American market leader that provides innovative sports technology solutions to Sports associations and currently servicing over 10 million users.
buyer: Blue Star Sports
Blue Star Sports (BSS) is the industry leader in youth sports management by centralizing all operations and providing a complete innovative platform for all national governing bodies, youth sports leagues, clubs and associations. "
target: Goalline
Goalline is a leading provider of web software and mobile applications for youth sports. Goalline offers a complete suite of easy-to-use tools that help sport organizations manage, connect and communicate with those they serve.
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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:$61.22)
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 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 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.
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$1.50
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closed 8/11/2015 via BusinessWire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acquired MeeGenius, Inc.

synopsis: Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has acquired select eBook and technology assets of MeeGenius, an eBook subscription service for children aged up to eight years old. Available in both iOS and Android, the award winning MeeGenius app and subscription service offer mobile access to hundreds of classic children’s stories.
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,387.60)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a global learning company. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. "
target: MeeGenius, Inc.
MeeGenius is a popular, “any device” children’s library focused on engaging young readers. Every MeeGenius eBook is available with read-along word highlighting, rich illustrations, and optional “read-to-me” narration.
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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 8/9/2018 via BusinessWire

Schiefer Chopshop, acquired Fuel Industries

synopsis: Schiefer Chopshop, an Irvine-based media and creative agency, has acquired Fuel Industries, a digital agency from Ottawa, Canada. The creative and technology teams at Fuel build digital products for brands ranging from website platforms to mobile app builds, games, gamification loyalty programs, and AR, VR, AI and voice experiences.
buyer: Schiefer Chopshop
Schiefer Chopshop is an Irvine-based media and creative agency. Founded in 2016 with the merger of media agency Schiefer Media and content creation studio Chopshop, Schiefer Chopshop combines data-driven media planning and innovative creative content for global brands. "
target: Fuel Industries
Fuel Industries (Fuel) is a digital agency from Ottawa, Canada. The creative and technology teams at Fuel build digital products for brands ranging from website platforms to mobile app builds, games, gamification loyalty programs, and AR, VR, AI and voice experiences.
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KidZui

Blue Star Sports

Leaguelineup

Origami Blue

Affinity Sports and Blue Sombrero

Bot School

NameGames

SDI Camps & Races, LLC

Family Education Network

3D Pioneer Systems, Inc.

Launchpad Toys

Little Bit Studio

Goalline

Fingerprint, Inc.

Paper Boat Apps

Duck Duck Moose

Bigstar Global

MeeGenius, Inc.

Cognitive Kid

Fuel Industries

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RNTS Media
RNTS Media
RNTS Media is a global holding company that owns and fuels multi-national businesses in the mobile ecosystem, with a focus on developing innovative technology platforms, monetization solutions, and digital content for connected devices. They are headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
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2015
rev ($mm)
$27.44
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($22.05)
EBIT ($mm)
($24.06)
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Ticker: SKGP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smart Kids Group, Inc.
Smart Kids Group, Inc.
Smart Kids has created, developed, and produced a cutting edge children's digital education and entertainment company. It develops, distributes and licenses quality children's Edutainment products through a variety of media including television, video, retail, direct marketing, and the Internet.
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2011
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
($0.65)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.65)
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Ticker: OTCPK:RPMT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
REGO
REGO is a digital wallet for the entire family. REGO enables children to make online purchases that are parent controlled and monitored. The app allows parents to enable online shopping or digital spending at approved retailers, control available funds, and reward children.
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2020
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
($2.77)
EBIT ($mm)
($2.80)
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