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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 4/4/2016 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.
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closed 10/18/2011 via PR Newswire

Smart Kids Group, Inc., acquired Paragon GPS, Inc.

synopsis: Smart Kids Group, Inc. announced the acquisition of Paragon GPS, Inc., a leading developer of personal tracking devices designed specifically for children and parents concerned about child safety. Smart Kids Group develops, distributes and licenses quality safety programs and children's character based Edutainment products.
buyer: Smart Kids Group, Inc. (SKGP:$0.00)
Smart Kids Group develops, distributes and licenses quality safety programs and children's character based Edutainment products through a variety of media including television, DVD, retail, direct marketing, and the Internet. "
target: Paragon GPS, Inc.
Paragon GPS is a consumer products technology company engaged in the research and development of location tracking devices that use global positioning satellites to conveniently and accurately track the location of children, parents, relatives and loved ones.
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closed 2/1/2016 via BNC Analysis

Mattel, Inc., acquired Sproutling

synopsis: Mattel, a toy manufacturing giant based in Segundo, California, acquired San Francisco-based Sproutling, which has developed a health sensing wearable device for babies. The sensor sends this data to a companion app on the user's phone and lets parents know if the baby is sleeping soundly or if there is some kind of issue.
buyer: Mattel, Inc. (MAT:$5,702.60)
Mattel, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, and more. "
target: Sproutling
Sproutling is a family-technology company that creates thoughtfully-designed products to help make parents more effective. Their first product, The Sproutling Baby Monitor, is the first-of-its-kind baby monitor.
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closed 9/17/2014 via Company Press Release

Fox & Sheep, acquired Bubl

synopsis: Fox & Sheep announced the acquisition of Bubl, a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
buyer: Fox & Sheep
Fox & Sheep develops and publishes Kids Apps worldwide. They work closely together with book authors and illustrators worldwide to bring to life the best Apps for kids out there and help parents guide their children through the digital world. "
target: Bubl
Bubl is a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
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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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announced 7/19/2021 via Company Press Release

DreamBox Learning, will acquire Squiggle Park

synopsis: DreamBox Learning, the leading education technology provider that in 2006 pioneered intelligent adaptive learning, will acquire Squiggle Park, a K-2 reading solution designed to help students gain proficiency in early literacy. Squiggle Park is a Halifax-based adaptive web-based learning app that was launched in 2017.
buyer: DreamBox Learning
DreamBox Learning, founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Washington, is the only K-8 digital math program powered by students, built by and for educators. DreamBox dynamically adapts and differentiates in real time based not only on students’ answers, but also on how they solve problems. "
target: Squiggle Park
Squiggle Park, a Halifax-based adaptive web-based learning app, was launched by Eyeread Inc. in 2017 with the goal of helping young children develop reading skills through a literacy platform consisting of small games designed by teachers, researchers, and gamers
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closed 6/16/2021 via Company Press Release

Trill Impact AB, acquired ILT Education

synopsis: ILT Education is delighted to announce that it has been acquired by Trill Impact after an agreement was made with their previous owners Priveq. ILT Education's digital multilingual picture book service, Polylino, bridges the gap for language development in classrooms and child care centers.
buyer: Trill Impact AB
Based in Sweden, Trill Impact is a private equity firm targeting mid-sized companies in Northern Europe with the potential to accelerate value creation while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. "
target: ILT Education
ILT Education believes that every child has the right to equal education. Their digital multilingual picture book service, Polylino, bridges the gap for language development in classrooms and child care centers. ILT Education has a presence in nine countries.
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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:$1,679.40)
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 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 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 2/18/2016 via BusinessWire

Blackstreet Capital Management, acquired AWE Acquisition, Inc.

synopsis: AWE Acquisition, Inc., an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital Holdings, LLC (BCH) has acquired substantially all of the assets of Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc. The company provides literacy-focused digital learning solutions for early learners to public libraries throughout the United States and Canada.
buyer: Blackstreet Capital Management
Blackstreet Capital Holdings ("BCH") is a Chevy Chase, MD based diversified holding company run by Murry Gunty and Lawrence Berger. BCH currently has equity and debt holdings in education, consumer finance, and sports and entrainment. "
target: AWE Acquisition, Inc.
AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education) provides literacy-focused digital learning solutions for early learners to public libraries throughout the US and Canada. Their turnkey learning products deliver award winning multi-curricular content through a safe environment that is easy to setup and use.
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closed 5/1/2017 via PR Newswire

Spin Master Corp, acquired Marbles

synopsis: Spin Master Corp., a leading global children's entertainment company, announced the acquisition of Marbles, a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages.
buyer: Spin Master Corp (TSX:TOY:$879.41)
Spin Master is a Canadian global toy and entertainment company that has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994. "
target: Marbles
Marbles is a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages. Marbles has grown into a 40-store retailer, e-commerce, catalog and product business known for its specialized portfolio of games with brain benefits, including the best-selling game Otrio.
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closed 3/6/2013 via BusinessWire

Toca Boca, acquired Zinc Roe

synopsis: Toca Boca announced that it inked a deal with zinc Roe, a Toronto-based studio specializing in new media for kids, to acquire the award-winning Tickle Tap apps series and the company’s 10-person development team. zinc Roe Founder Jason Krogh will serve as the CEO of the newly named studio, Sago Sago.
buyer parent: Bonnier AB
buyer: Toca Boca
Toca Boca is a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. Toca Boca makes digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and allows parents to play together with their kids. "
target: Zinc Roe
zinc Roe's Tickle Tap apps encourages learning through practice and exploration. Designed for children ages 2-4, the apps include Sound Shaker, a delightful sound toy, and Doodlecast for Kids, an app that records the user's voice as they draw to create short videos.
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closed 4/10/2015 via BNC Analysis

TabTale, acquired Sunstorm Games

synopsis: TabTale, the Israel-based kids’ gaming and educational app publisher has acquired Sunstorm Games, makers of casual gaming apps for kids. Sunstorm's titles usually follow a similar model of assembling cookies, meals, or very simple games. They are a leader in the casual mobile gaming space with over 80 titles and 140 million downloads.
buyer: TabTale
TabTale is a leading, global creator of interactive books, games and educational apps, repeatedly recognized as a Top 10 Games Publisher Worldwide with 500 million downloads and 33 million monthly active users. "
target: Sunstorm Games
Sunstorm Games is a developer of mobile games. With over 80 titles and 140 million downloads, they are a leader in the casual mobile gaming space. They have released popular hits like Gymnastics Events and My School Dance, many of which consistently appear on Apple's Top 10 games in the App Store.
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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:$1,050.80)
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 2/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Mixi, Inc., acquired KiDDY

synopsis: Tokyo-based Compath.me, the startup behind family photo service Kiddy has been acquired by Japanese internet company Mixi. KiDDY is a free smartphone app for parents to organize and share photos of their child.
buyer: Mixi, Inc. (TSE:2121:$1,098.60)
Mixi is a Japanese social networking service that allows users to connect with their friends in a convenient way. It enables users to send and receive messages, write in a diary, read and comment on others' diaries, organize and join communities, and invite their friends. "
target: KiDDY
KiDDY is a free smartphone app for parents to organize and share photos of their child. Tokyo-based Compath.me is the startup behind the family photo service.
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closed 11/19/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Nordisk Games, acquired Star Stable Entertainment

synopsis: Nordisk Games, the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film, has acquired a 57% stake in Star Stable Entertainment, an entertainment company in Sweden that creates immersive experiences for girls. Star Stable are the makers of the popular adventure game Star Stable Online. Their product line also includes music and books.
buyer parent: Egmont Foundation
buyer: Nordisk Games
Nordisk Games is the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film. Nordisk Games are minority investors that fund and support Europe's finest game companies. They provide financing to help video game developers create and publish the best games in the world. "
target: Star Stable Entertainment
Star Stable Entertainment is an entertainment company in Sweden. Star Stable creates immersive experiences for girls. They are the makers of the popular adventure game Star Stable Online, the #1 ranked horse game in the world. Their product line also includes music, books, and short-form animations.
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closed 6/4/2019 via BusinessWire

Carson Dellosa Education, acquired Kids Station Toys

synopsis: Carson Dellosa Education, one of the nation’s leading educational solutions providers, announced the acquisition of Kids Station Toys, a leading manufacturer of musical instruments, cutting edge interactive electronic toys, and real electronics for kids of all ages.
buyer parent: Guardian Capital Partners
buyer: Carson Dellosa Education
Carson Dellosa Education is one of the nation’s leading educational solutions providers. From backpacks and back seats to teacher desks and learning centers, Carson Dellosa products can be found anywhere children learn. "
target: Kids Station Toys
Kids Station Toys is a leading manufacturer of musical instruments, cutting edge interactive electronic toys, and real electronics for kids of all ages.
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closed 5/18/2018 via BNC Analysis

OrangeGames BV, acquired Sulake Oy

synopsis: OrangeGames, a Dutch digital content company, acquired a majority stake in Sulake, a Finland-based video game development company, from operator Elisa. Sulake is best known for developing Habbo, a social networking service and online community aimed at teenagers, and a game called Hotel Hideaway, a social avatar world on iOS and Android.
buyer: OrangeGames BV
OrangeGames is a Dutch digital content company. OrangeGames is headquartered in Amsterdam and focuses on advertising, producing games and publishing content on web and mobile. Their video game portfolio includes Governor of Poker and the Youdagames Series. "
target parent: Elisa Oyj
target: Sulake Oy
Based in Finland, Sulake Oy is a video game developer. Sulake is best known for developing Habbo, a social networking service and online community aimed at teenagers, and a game called Hotel Hideaway, a social avatar world on iOS and Android.
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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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closed 9/19/2012 via BusinessWire

Saban Brands LLC, acquired Zui

synopsis: Saban Brands announced it has acquired Zui, which provides access to the largest collection of curated, kid-friendly online content. The acquisition strengthens Saban Brands’ position as a leading digital innovator for kids entertainment, and continues to grow the company’s digital capabilities.
buyer parent: Saban Capital Group
buyer: Saban Brands LLC
Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. "
target: Zui
Zui provides access to the largest collection of curated, kid-friendly online content. The flagship site, zui.com allows children to access a large library of videos and online games. Zui is also the leading developer of KidZui, an award-winning Internet browser for kids.
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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.
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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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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.
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