Like Next University, Inc.

closed 12/8/2015 via BusinessWire

Open English LLC., acquired Next University, Inc.

synopsis: Open English, an online English-language learning school in the Americas, announced it has acquired technology education startup Next University. Next University offers digital technology certificates in high-demand areas such as mobile app development, web development and computer programming.
buyer: Open English LLC.
Open English is a leading Education Technology company focused on English language learning for the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. The company was founded in 2007 to reinvent the way to teach English online, to meet the needs of busy working professionals. "
target: Next University, Inc.
Next University is an Education Technology company focused on providing individuals across Latin America with the technical competencies needed for the jobs of tomorrow. They offer students with employer-aligned certification programs in Web Development, JavaScript, and Mobile Android Development.
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closed 3/10/2021 via Company Press Release

Southern New Hampshire University, acquired Kenzie Academy

synopsis: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kenzie Academy, an Indiana-based national leader in online technology training offering high-quality programs in software engineering and UX Design.
buyer: Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution. Now serving more than 150,000 students worldwide, SNHU offers more than 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. "
target: Kenzie Academy
Kenzie Academy is an Indiana-based national leader in online technology training offering high-quality programs in software engineering and UX Design.
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closed 10/30/2018 via BNC Analysis

UpGrad, acquired AcadView

synopsis: Online education startup UpGrad has acquired India-based job skilling platform Acadview Software Pvt. Ltd. Based in India, Acadview is solving the problem of unemployability of higher education graduates. Acadview provides a virtual internship where students are taught how to develop software.
buyer: UpGrad
UpGrad is an online higher education platform providing rigorous industry relevant programs designed and delivered in collaboration with world-class faculty and industry. Merging the latest technology, pedagogy and services, UpGrad is creating an immersive learning experience – anytime and anywhere."
target: AcadView
Based in India, Acadview is solving the problem of unemployability of higher education graduates. Acadview provides a virtual internship where students are taught how to develop software.
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announced 5/11/2020 via PR Newswire

Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited, will acquire Linstitute

synopsis: Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited, the largest operator of international and bilingual schools in China, will acquire a 51% stake in Linstitute, a creative and inspiring training institution in China. Linstitute offers online training services for the Academic Olympiad and other world-wide recognized international courses.
buyer: Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (BEDU:$477.13)
Bright Scholar is the largest operator of international and bilingual K-12 schools in China. The company is dedicated to providing quality international education to Chinese students and equipping them with the critical academic foundation and skillsets necessary to succeed. "
target: Linstitute
Linstitute is a creative and inspiring training institution in China. Linstitute offers online training services for the Academic Olympiad and other world-wide recognized international courses. Their comprehensive selection of academic courses cover Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and more.
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announced 5/5/2017 via BNC Analysis

Baiyang Investment Group, Inc., will acquire Marsera Institute of Digital Arts Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Baiyang Investment Group (Baiyang) is acquiring Beijing Mars Era Technology (Mars). Founded in 2001, Mars operates an online platform that teaches subjects including digital game and animated film design.
buyer: Baiyang Investment Group, Inc. (SZSE:002696:$309.04)
Baiyang Investment Group (Baiyang) was founded in 2000. Awarded as national leading enterprise of agricultural industrialization, Baiyang group has built up a complete industrial chain and the business includes aquatic R&D, aquatic fry breeding and more. "
target: Marsera Institute of Digital Arts Co., Ltd.
Founded in 2001, Marsera Institute of Digital Arts Co., Ltd. operates an online platform that teaches subjects including digital game and animated film design. Marsera offers more than 20 professional courses, including UI design, game design, film and television special effects and more.
price ($mm)
$136
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$59
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$9
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closed 2/18/2016 via BNC Analysis

Udemy, acquired Talentbuddy

synopsis: Vancouver-based Talentbuddy, an online school that focuses on teaching full stack web development, has been acquired by Udemy, an online learning and teaching marketplace headquartered in San Francisco.
buyer: Udemy
Udemy is the world’s online learning marketplace, where 7 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography–and much, much more. Each of its 30,000+ courses is taught by an expert instructor. "
target: Talentbuddy
Talentbuddy is an online school where you can learn the skills to land your JavaScript web development job. Talentbuddy helps users learn with hands-on courses and 1:1 mentorship programs designed by professional JavaScript developers.
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closed 4/29/2019 via PR Web

Excel Education Systems, Inc., acquired Washington Online Learning Institute

synopsis: Excel Education Systems, Inc., a leading provider of K-12 and post-secondary distance education services, has acquired Washington Online Learning Institute (WOLI), an accredited career college in the US. WOLI offers regionally accredited online certificate and diploma programs and courses to students in all 50 States and overseas.
buyer: Excel Education Systems, Inc.
Excel Education Systems is a leading provider of K-12 and post-secondary distance education services, serving students and schools around the country, and around the world. Excel Education Systems is a for-purpose organization dedicated to transforming the way students learn. "
target: Washington Online Learning Institute
Washington Online Learning Institute (WOLI) is an accredited career college in the US. WOLI offers regionally accredited online certificate and diploma programs and courses to students in all 50 States and overseas. Their subjects include legal studies, business, health care, and IT.
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announced 9/4/2019 via PR Newswire

Chegg, Inc., will acquire Thinkful, Inc.

synopsis: Chegg, Inc, the leading student-first connected learning platform, will acquire Thinkful, an online learning platform that offers professional courses directly to students. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education in Web Development and Data Science.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$445.11)
Chegg is the leading student-first connected learning platform. Chegg is the #1 provider of digital and physical textbook rental services. They allow students to rent or buy textbooks at competitive prices. The company also provides student services such as homework help, online tutoring, and more. "
target: Thinkful, Inc.
Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. The company provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education in Web Development and Data Science.
price ($mm)
$80
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$14
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7.1x
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closed 10/10/2018 via PR Newswire

Trilogy Education Services, acquired The Firehose Project

synopsis: Trilogy Education, a leading workforce accelerator, announced the acquisition of Firehose Project, an immersive online coding platform. The Firehose Project is an online, mentor-based software engineering program designed to help clients become professional developers.
buyer: Trilogy Education Services
Trilogy Education is a workforce accelerator that empowers the world's leading universities to prepare professionals for high-growth careers in the digital economy. Trilogy's intensive, skills-based training programs bridge regional talent gaps in coding, data analytics, UX/UI, and cybersecurity. "
target: The Firehose Project
The Firehose Project is an online, mentor-based software engineering program designed to help clients become professional developers. Firehose helps clients become web developers with 1-on-1 mentorship, real-world projects, and career support that works around their busy schedule.
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closed 3/21/2018 via BNC Analysis

Academia de Código, acquired Codeplace

synopsis: Academia de Código, a company in Portugal that teaches children and young unemployed people how to code, has acquired Codeplace, a company that helps people learn web development from scratch by having them build 4 online businesses. Their online platform features over 140 video lectures and helps users learn Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and more.
buyer: Academia de Código
Academia de Código is a company in Portugal that operates boot camps to teach children and young unemployed people how to code. Their students will experience the latest web and mobile software production techniques and accelerate their development skills by using the latest frameworks available. "
target: Codeplace
Codeplace helps people learn web development from scratch by having them build 4 online businesses in 3 months. Their online platform features over 140 video lectures and helps users learn Ruby on Rails, HTML & CSS, JavaScript, database architecture, and Bootstrap.
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closed 12/5/2017 via BusinessWire

Thinkful, Inc., acquired Viking Code School and The Odin Project

synopsis: Thinkful, the school which provides 1-on-1 learning of web development and data science with industry experts, announced that it has acquired both the Viking Code School and The Odin Project, companies that offer online web development programs and training.
buyer: Thinkful, Inc.
Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. The company provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education in Web Development and Data Science."
target: Viking Code School and The Odin Project
Viking Education runs an intensive online web development and job placement apprenticeship program which turns talented students from all backgrounds into world class web developers. The Odin Project is an open source online curriculum for learning web development.
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closed 3/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Unacademy, acquired Kreatryx

synopsis: India's largest education technology platform Unacademy has acquired Kreatryx, a Delhi-based online exam preparation startup. With the acquisition, Kreatryx, whose platform offers services for exams such as GATE and ESE, will continue to operate as a separate brand under the Unacademy Brands umbrella.
buyer: Unacademy
Unacademy is India's largest education platform, offering over 2,400 online lessons and specialised courses to prepare for various competitive exams. Through Unacademy's mobile app, users can attend live classes by top educators and prepare via Live Test Series, Quizzes, Practice Section, and more. "
target: Kreatryx
Kreatryx is an ed-tech start-up in India that provides Top quality GATE Exam training for all through its online products and postal study courses. Kreatryx aims to bridge the gap between a student's performance and potential by providing a platform for personalized learning and self-evaluation.
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announced 12/11/2014 via GlobeNewswire

YY Inc., will acquire edu24ol.com

synopsis: YY Inc., a revolutionary real-time interactive social platform, will fully acquire Beijing Huanqiu Xingxue Technology Development Co., Ltd ("Xingxue") and Beijing Huanqiu Chuangzhi Software Co., Ltd ("Chuangzhi"). Xingxue and Chuangzhi operate the online education website, edu24ol.com, an online vocational training and language training platform.
buyer: YY Inc. (YY:$4,610.47)
YY Inc. is a revolutionary real-time interactive social platform that engages users in real-time online group activities through voice, text and video. YY Client empowers users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a wide range of online activities. "
target: edu24ol.com
Edu24ol.com is one of China's leading online vocational training and language training platforms. Edu24ol.com generates over half of its revenues from students studying architecture and construction engineering, but also has a strong focus in the medical, finance and accounting subject matter.
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$19
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closed 10/28/2020 via BNC Analysis

Magalu, acquired ComSchool

synopsis: Magazine Luiza (Magalu) announced the purchase of the ComSchool course platform, seeking to expand and strengthen the business capacity of the 32 thousand sellers registered in its marketplace. Founded in 2008, ComSchool offers around 200 courses in the areas of digital marketing, e-commerce and social networks.
buyer: Magalu (BOVESPA:MGLU3:$6,515.13)
Magazine Luiza (Magalu) is one of Brazil's largest retailers, operating through physical stores and website. Magalu operates over 880 stores and 9 distribution centers. Magalu also offers complementary products and financial services such as consumer credit, insurance and consortium. "
target: ComSchool
Based in Brazil, ComSchool is specialized in ecommerce, social media and digital marketing training programs. Their professors are book authors, C-Level, Agency owners, consultants and multinational companies directors. Comschool broadcasts their courses worldwide.
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closed 6/12/2019 via BNC Analysis

Manipal ProLearn, acquired Jigsaw Academy Education Private Limited

synopsis: Manipal Education & Medical Group (MEMG) has acquired Jigsaw Academy, an online analytics and big data trainer for professionals and students. Jigsaw Academy will become part of Manipal ProLearn, which offers certification courses across technology, digital marketing, data sciences, project management and finance.
buyer parent: Manipal Education & Medical Group International
buyer: Manipal ProLearn
Manipal ProLearn, part of Manipal Global Education Services Pvt. Ltd, offers certification courses across technology, digital marketing, data sciences, project management and finance. Manipal ProLearn helps working professionals and students enhance their skills and fast-track their careers. "
target: Jigsaw Academy Education Private Limited
Jigsaw Academy is a global award-winning online analytics and big data training provider. Jigsaw Academy is a group of data scientists and educators who are on a mission to train the next generation of analytics practitioners.
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closed 1/18/2017 via BNC Analysis

Weka Firmengruppe GmbH & Co. KG, acquired Social Media Akademie

synopsis: WEKA Group acquired 80% stake of Webculture GmbH (Social Media Akademie) in Mannheim, Germany. Webculture was founded in 2010 by Andreas Leonhard and specializes in video-based online learning. Under the brand "Social Media Akademie", Webculture offers an online academy for digital marketing and social media.
buyer: Weka Firmengruppe GmbH & Co. KG
The WEKA Group is an international publishing house based in Kissing, near Augsburg/Munich in Germany and one of the Top 50 largest publishing houses of the world. The Group consists of three business divisions, with 17 media companies in five European countries. "
target: Social Media Akademie
Webculture was founded in 2010 by Andreas Leonhard and specializes in video-based online learning. Under the brand "Social Media Akademie", Webculture offers an online academy for digital marketing and social media for marketing specialists in companies, agencies, freelancers and job seekers.
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closed 12/5/2018 via PR Newswire

CommonBond, acquired NextGen Vest

synopsis: CommonBond, a leading fintech company that lowers the cost of education through data and technology, announced the acquisition of NextGenVest, a pioneer in helping Generation Z make the best financial decisions from high school, through college, and beyond.
buyer: CommonBond
CommonBond is a financial technology company on a mission to give students and graduates more affordable, transparent, and simple ways to pay for higher education. The company offers loans to current students, refinance loans to college graduates, and a suite of student loan repayment benefits. "
target: NextGen Vest
NextGenVest is the "Money Mentor" for Generation Z. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence, the company powers hyper-personalized financial coaching primarily through text message to students starting in high school and beyond.
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announced 7/19/2018 via PR Newswire

Galvanize, Inc., will acquire Hack Reactor

synopsis: Leading technology workforce educator Galvanize announced it will acquire San Francisco-based Hack Reactor, a highly respected operator of immersive coding programs across the country, to create one of the largest independent accelerated learning providers.
buyer parent: Catalyst Investors, L.P.
buyer: Galvanize, Inc.
Galvanize is a learning community for technology with nine destination campuses across the U.S. where Innovative startups, aspiring students, and large enterprises benefit from this dynamic, unique business ecosystem. They provide the most relevant and in-demand technology skills for professionals. "
target: Hack Reactor
Hack Reactor is an immersive full-stack development program that teaches students software engineering. Students master HTML and CSS, JavaScript frameworks like Backbone and Angular, server development with Node, and databases with SQL and Mongo during instruction, projects, and hands-on work.
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closed 1/21/2015 via PR Newswire

Hack Reactor, acquired MakerSquare

synopsis: Hack Reactor, the leader in immersive education for computer programming, announced it has acquired MakerSquare, another leading coding school with campuses in San Francisco and Austin. MakerSquare started in 2013 when the founders identified Austin as an emerging technology market in need of highly qualified developers.
buyer: Hack Reactor
Hack Reactor's mission is two-fold: to empower people and to transform education through rapid-iteration teaching. Hack Reactor is an advanced immersive program that trains students 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, over 12 weeks in a curriculum focused on computer science fundamentals and JavaScript. "
target: MakerSquare
MakerSquare aims for students to take away two things: an exceptional understanding of JavaScript, and a fundamental understanding of software engineering principles to have a long and successful programming career.
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closed 8/26/2020 via Company Press Release

IONIS Education Group, acquired SUPINFO International University

synopsis: IONIS Education Group, the leading private higher education group in France, has acquired SUPINFO, a French higher education institution focused on computer science. SUPINFO provides general IT training that covers all the latest technologies that are used in the IT industry. They offer courses for web technologies, databases, networking and more.
buyer: IONIS Education Group
IONIS Education Group is the leading private higher education group in France. IONIS Education Group has more than 25 schools and educational institutions across 20 French cities. Their schools offer courses for business, marketing, management, finance, IT, aeronautics, energy, biology and more. "
target: SUPINFO International University
SUPINFO is a French higher education institution focused on computer science. SUPINFO provides general IT training that covers all the latest technologies that are used in the IT industry. They offer courses for web technologies, databases, networking, IT law, software development and more.
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closed 12/8/2015 via BusinessWire

Open English LLC., acquired Next University, Inc.

synopsis: Open English, an online English-language learning school in the Americas, announced it has acquired technology education startup Next University. Next University offers digital technology certificates in high-demand areas such as mobile app development, web development and computer programming.
buyer: Open English LLC.
Open English is a leading Education Technology company focused on English language learning for the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. The company was founded in 2007 to reinvent the way to teach English online, to meet the needs of busy working professionals. "
target: Next University, Inc.
Next University is an Education Technology company focused on providing individuals across Latin America with the technical competencies needed for the jobs of tomorrow. They offer students with employer-aligned certification programs in Web Development, JavaScript, and Mobile Android Development.
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closed 12/8/2015 via BusinessWire

Open English LLC., acquired Next University, Inc.

synopsis: Open English, an online English-language learning school in the Americas, announced it has acquired technology education startup Next University. Next University offers digital technology certificates in high-demand areas such as mobile app development, web development and computer programming.
buyer: Open English LLC.
Open English is a leading Education Technology company focused on English language learning for the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. The company was founded in 2007 to reinvent the way to teach English online, to meet the needs of busy working professionals. "
target: Next University, Inc.
Next University is an Education Technology company focused on providing individuals across Latin America with the technical competencies needed for the jobs of tomorrow. They offer students with employer-aligned certification programs in Web Development, JavaScript, and Mobile Android Development.
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closed 1/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Yes 'N' You, acquired Speaken S.A.S.

synopsis: YES 'N' YOU, a pioneer in technology solutions for online education and training for english language learning, announces the acquisition of Speaken. Speaken allows users to practice English by connecting with English native tutors through live video chat with its app.
buyer: Yes 'N' You
YES 'N' YOU is a pioneer in technology solutions for online education and training, and is a leading player in Digital Learning. Ed'Tech innovative, YES 'N' YOU develops original blended courses for companies and individuals. "
target: Speaken S.A.S.
Speaken is the best way to practice English. Users can immediately connect with English native Tutors available on-demand through live video chat on their smartphones. Speaken is a new French start up, all passionate by the idea of changing the way in which the world learns languages.
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announced 7/28/2017 via Company Press Release

China First Capital Group Limited, will acquire SJW International Co., Limited

synopsis: China First Capital Group Limited (“CFCG”) announced that it plans to acquire 54% of the total issued shares of SJW International Co., Limited (“SJW International”). SJW International primarily provides online English courses for adults and children, as well as online language training courses for Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
buyer: China First Capital Group Limited (SEHK:1269:$219.43)
China First Capital Group (CFCG) focuses on investment across the education industry with licenses in financial services. CFCG is actively exploring education projects and making direct investments. They also have subsidiaries which deal in securities, asset management, & corporate finance advising."
target: SJW International Co., Limited
SJW International Co., Limited was incorporated in Korea and was the first company to offer online video English training for adults in Korea. It primarily provides online English courses for adults and children, as well as online language training courses for Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
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$135*
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closed 12/14/2016 via Company Press Release

RareJob Inc., acquired Ripple Kids Park Co., Ltd.

synopsis: RareJob, a Japanese company that provides online English lessons, has acquired Ripple Kids Park, a company that specializes in providing online English lessons through Skype exclusively for kids. Ripple Kids Park offers one-on-one online English lessons to Japanese children, provided by teachers located in the Phillippines.
buyer: RareJob Inc. (TSE:6096:$30.81)
With the largest number of students, RareJob is the top online English school in Japan. They have provided over 10,000,000 lessons and have helped more than 10,000 Filipino tutors. They aim to provide the best learning experience to students and the most ideal working environment for their tutors. "
target: Ripple Kids Park Co., Ltd.
Ripple Kids Park is the first Japanese company to provide online English lessons exclusively for kids. They offer one-on-one online lessons tailored to each child. Students are able to easily learn at home and communicate with teachers in the Phillippines through Skype.
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$1.15
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$1
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closed 1/14/2015 via BNC Analysis

51Talk, acquired 91WaiJiao.com

synopsis: Beijing-based online English language education platform 51Talk has acquired rival 91Waijiao, according to 51Talk's CEO Huang Jiajia. After the completion of the deal, 91Waijiao's platforms, users and staff will be absorbed into 51Talk.
buyer: 51Talk
51Talk is an online english school providing one-to-one foreign language teaching services at a cost of 15 yuan per class. It has established inexpensive English learning based on the Internet. "
target: 91WaiJiao.com
91WaiJiao.com is an oral English tutoring services website started by Jiayuan.com founder Rose Gong. Through real time audio and video interaction conducted via streaming classroom software, they help Chinese students overcome their spoken English challenges and frustrations.
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closed 7/22/2020 via BNC Analysis

Myanmar Strategic Holdings, purchased WSE Vietnam from Wall Street English

synopsis: London-listed Myanmar Strategic Holdings (MSH) has completed the acquisition of Wall Street English (WSE) Vietnam, an English language training (ELT) in Vietnam. Wall Street English (WSE) Vietnam serves more than 6,000 students in seven centres in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Dhuong.
buyer: Myanmar Strategic Holdings (LSE:SHWE:$5.35)
With headquarters in both Singapore and Yangon, Myanmar Strategic Holdings (“MSH”) is an operator and developer of a fast-growing portfolio of businesses aimed at creating opportunities for investors to gain exposure to one of the world’s final frontier markets: Myanmar. "
seller parent: Baring Private Equity Asia
seller: Wall Street English
Wall Street English (WSE) Vietnam serves more than 6,000 students in seven centres in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Dhuong. Wall Street English is the premier provider of English language instruction for individuals and corporate clients.
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$14
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closed 3/15/2018 via PE Hub

Baring Private Equity Asia, CITIC Capital, acquired Wall Street English

synopsis: Baring Private Equity Asia (“BPEA”) and CITIC Capital Holdings Limited announced their affiliated private equity funds have acquired Wall Street English (“WSE”), the world’s leading provider of English language training to adults, from Pearson Plc.
buyer: CITIC Capital
buyer: Baring Private Equity Asia
Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) is one of the largest and most established private alternative investment firms in Asia, with total committed capital of over USD11 billion. Founded in 2002, CITIC Capital Holdings Limited is an alternative investment management and advisory company. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Wall Street English
Wall Street English is the premier provider of English language instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world. Wall Street English has over 40 years of experience of teaching English and has touched the lives of over 2 million students in 450 centers in 28 countries worldwide.
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$300
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$216
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announced 1/9/2013 via BusinessWire

CIBT Education Group Inc., will acquire Linkman International Language Institute

synopsis: CIBT Education Group Inc. has agreed to buy Linkman International Language Institute. Linkman is a language training institution in China that specializes in English language training for students in elementary and middle school, but also train students in high school as well as adults.
buyer: CIBT Education Group Inc. (MBA:$57.97)
CIBT Education Group Inc. is an education management company focused on the global education market. CIBT Group owns and operates a network of business, technical and language colleges and offers cooperative joint programmes in 18 countries. "
target: Linkman International Language Institute
Linkman International Language Institute is a language training institution. Linkman provides high quality English training programs to over 200 students in a wide range of age groups, but specializes in Children’s English programs.
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closed 9/17/2012 via BusinessWire

H.I.G. Capital, acquired Cel Lep Idiomas

synopsis: H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global private investment firm, announced that its Brazilian affiliate has completed the acquisition of Cel Lep Idiomas, a leading premium English Language Teaching network in Brazil. With its focus on high quality education, Cel Lep has taught English to more than 420,000 students.
buyer: H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. Capital is a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $8.5 billion of equity capital under management. H.I.G. specializes in providing capital to small and medium-sized companies with attractive growth potential. "
target: Cel Lep Idiomas
Cel Lep is a premium ELT network founded in São Paulo, Brazil in 1967. The company has always focused on innovation such as its famous language labs and its proprietary methodology. With its focus on high quality education, Cel Lep has taught English to more than 420,000 students.
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closed 4/15/2009 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, acquired Wall Street English

synopsis: Wall Street Institute, the world’s premier provider of English language instruction, announced that it has sold its Chinese subsidiary, Wall Street English, to Pearson plc, the international education and information company, for $145 million in cash. Wall Street Institute (WSI) is majority-owned by global private equity firm The Carlyle Group.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$4,926.49)
Pearson plc is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. Pearson Education, the world's leading education company, provides print and digital learning materials and services to more than 100 million students every year. "
target parent: The Carlyle Group
target: Wall Street English
Wall Street English is China’s leading provider of premium English language training to adults. Launched in 2000, it teaches approximately 35,000 students at 39 company-owned training centers in seven cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
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$145
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closed 2/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Akademie Zeitgeist, acquired International House Freiburg

synopsis: Sprachschule zum Ehrstein(International House Freiburg) has been acquired by Akademie Zeitgeist, a newly established German language course provider. International House Freiburg is a school that offers German language lessons to students and young professionals.
buyer: Akademie Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist is a program based out of Germany that offers German courses in Freiburg with accommodations. They offer authentic opportunities to live in either student residences or in homestays, in the best neighborhoods of Freiburg. "
target parent: International House World Organisation
target: International House Freiburg
International House Freiburg is a school that offers German language lessons to students and young professionals. Located in Freiburg, Germany, the company organizes events and creates accommodations for students wishing to progress their German language education.
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closed 8/17/2016 via Company Press Release

AAC Global Oy, acquired TekMil Oy

synopsis: AAC Holding, which is owned by Korona Invest’s Palvelurahasto (Service Fund) and key personnel from AAC Global, has purchased the language, communication, and training service provider TekMiL. The AAC Holding group will now include AAC Global Oy, TekMiL Oy, and AAC Global AB in Sweden.
buyer parent: Korona Invest
buyer: AAC Global Oy
AAC Global promotes its clients’ success in international markets by helping them to get their message through to their customers. AAC Global’s services include translation and localization services, content production for all channels, language and communication training, and interpreting services."
target: TekMil Oy
TekMiL is a language based business & culture training company founded in 2005 by Sari and Zoran Kanti-Paul in the Pirkanmaa region of Finland. They see themelves as a growth company with a solid foundation, an ideal partner for the future.
price ($mm)
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$2
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closed 2/18/2011 via BNC Analysis

Berlitz Languages, Inc., acquired Second Language Testing Inc.

synopsis: Berlitz International, Inc.,the world's premier language services firm, providing quality language instruction, translation, and publishing services throughout the world, has purchased Second Language Testing Inc., a premier company solely focused on language test development and test translation.
buyer parent: Benesse Corporation
buyer: Berlitz Languages, Inc. (:$0.00)
Berlitz International, Inc. is the world's premier language services firm, providing quality language instruction, translation, and publishing services throughout the world. Berlitz has been providing language services for more than 120 years, with millions of alumni . "
target: Second Language Testing Inc.
Second Language Testing Inc. ("SLTI") has filled a void in language test development for the federal government and state government agencies, for use in security, intelligence and defense work, and in the educational sector. SLTI develops language tests and language proficiency assessments.
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announced 1/15/2008 via BusinessWire

Kaplan, Inc., will acquire Pacific Language Institute

synopsis: Kaplan, Inc. announced today it had agreed to acquire Pacific Language Institute (PLI), a major provider of English language instruction in Canada with schools located in Vancouver and Toronto.
buyer parent: The Washington Post Company
buyer: Kaplan, Inc.
Kaplan, Inc., is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids and schools. "
target: Pacific Language Institute
Pacific Language Institute offers general English language programs, as well as classes and diploma programs focused on specific English language needs, such as business or intensive learning. Additionally, PLI offers courses designed to prepare students for tests in English proficiency.
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closed 3/17/2021 via GlobeNewswire

IXL Learning, purchased Languages Division from Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: Cambium Learning Group, a leading provider of digital education solutions and a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, has divested Rosetta Stone’s Languages division to ​IXL Learning, the K-12 personalized learning platform used by 11 million students.
buyer: IXL Learning
IXL is an integrated learning platform that effectively supports personalized learning in math, English language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish. With over 80 billion questions asked and answered around the world, IXL helps schools successfully use technology to improve education. "
seller parent: Veritas Capital
seller: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone's Languages division uses innovative digital solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Under its brand, Rosetta Stone provides technology-based language solutions to individual customers, schools and businesses globally.
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closed 4/30/2008 via PR Newswire

China Education Alliance, Inc., acquired World Exchanges Inc.

synopsis: China Education Alliance, Inc., a leading distributor of educational resources, offering high-quality programs and training both through online networks and an on-site training center in the People's Republic China, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire and has, on the same day, closed on the acquisition of World Exchanges Inc.
buyer: China Education Alliance, Inc. (CEU:$46.27)
China Education Alliance, Inc.'s strategy is to provide high-quality online educational services including: exam preparation outside the centralized Key High Schools, vocational training for graduates and continued professional development training. "
target: World Exchanges Inc.
World Exchanges Inc. provides English training programs in China as well as English test preparation courses and overseas study and consulting services through its five existing ''Group Entities''.
price ($mm)
$0.93*
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