Like Cliffs Notes, Inc.

closed 8/19/2021 via PR Newswire

Course Hero, acquired Cliffs Notes, Inc.

synopsis: Course Hero has acquired CliffsNotes, creator of iconic study guides that have been used by high school and college students for more than 60 years. With more than 64 million visits annually, CliffsNotes offers students free online access to hundreds of literature guides and test prep guides that expand to subjects beyond literature.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is on a mission to help students make every study hour count, and graduate confident and prepared. Course Hero's online learning platform offers more than 60 million course-specific study resources created by and for students and educators, as well as 24/7 tutor help. "
target parent: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
target: Cliffs Notes, Inc.
CliffsNotes are the original (and most widely imitated) study guides written by real teachers and professors. CliffsNotes offers literature study guides and test-preparation for high school and college students to help them understand and learn literature.
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closed 6/11/2021 via BNC Analysis

Course Hero, acquired LitCharts

synopsis: Course Hero, an online platform providing educational resources to help students learn more effectively, has acquired LitCharts, the world's best literary resource, with hundreds of literature guides, literary terms, and modern English translations of every Shakespeare play. Millions of students and teachers read LitCharts every month.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is an online platform providing educational resources to help students learn more effectively. Whether exploring new subjects or mastering key topics, Course Hero provides interested learners with the tools they need to achieve their goals. "
target: LitCharts
Created by the original editors of SparkNotes, LitCharts is the world's best literary resource, with hundreds of literature guides, literary terms, and modern English translations of every Shakespeare play. Millions of students and teachers read LitCharts every month.
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closed 10/7/2021 via PR Newswire

OverDrive Inc., acquired TeachingBooks

synopsis: OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, has acquired TeachingBooks.net, an online resource that supports literacy instructions. TeachingBooks creates and maintains the leading source of supplemental materials that perpetuates informed reading across the curriculum while furthering successful literacy outcomes.
buyer parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
buyer: OverDrive Inc.
OverDrive strives to create "a world enlightened by reading." Serving a growing network of 73,000 libraries and schools in 88 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry's largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps. "
target: TeachingBooks
TeachingBooks is a small, dedicated team working to enrich every student's reading experience. The company creates and maintains the leading source of supplemental materials that perpetuates informed, joyful reading across the curriculum while furthering successful literacy outcomes.
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closed 7/27/2011 via Market Wire

New University Holdings Corp., merged with ePals, Inc.

synopsis: ePals Corp (formerly New University Holdings Corp.) has completed its previously announced merger with ePals, Inc., pursuant to which New University acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of ePals ,Inc., a leading K12 social learning network (SLN) and education technology company.
buyer: New University Holdings Corp.
New University Holdings Corp. intends to identify and evaluate assets or businesses with a view to complete a qualifying transaction. The company was incorporated in July 2010 and is headquartered in New York, New York. "
target: ePals, Inc.
ePals, Inc. is a leading global K12 social learning network and offers primary and secondary schools, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content, and more.
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closed 9/12/2008 via Market Wire

Learning Trends, LLC, acquired Abrams & Company Publishers, Inc.

synopsis: Austin-based Learning Trends, LLC, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Abrams Acquisition Corp., Inc., has merged with Abrams & Company Publishers, Inc., of Waterbury, CT. Abrams & Company is best known as the publisher of The Letter People® family of products for the early-childhood education market.
buyer: Learning Trends, LLC
Learning Trends was founded by publishing veterans Roy Mayers, Gunnar Voltz, Leslie Ford, and Lynn Keller, who have worked together and separately with many well known supplementary publishers, including Steck-Vaughn, Rigby, Options, Peoples, Modern Curriculum Press, and Simon & Schuster. "
target: Abrams & Company Publishers, Inc.
Abrams & Company is best known as the publisher of The Letter People® family of products for the early-childhood education market. Founders Richard and Patricia Abrams have successfully created and reinvented skills-based literacy programs around the Letter People for 20 years.
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closed 4/23/2008 via BusinessWire

Alchemy Creative, Inc., acquired Poetry Pals Learning Center

synopsis: Alchemy Creative, Inc. today announced that they have acquired ownership and exclusive rights to Poetry Pals, an award-winning literacy solution. The Poetry Pals early childhood literacy solution has been effectively implemented in over 6,000 Montessori schools and many large urban districts across the country.
buyer: Alchemy Creative, Inc.
Alchemy Creative, Inc. was founded on the principle of edutainment - enabling learning with the integration of educational media into an exciting and entertaining format in which science and other curriculum learning is enhanced through actively engaging students. "
target: Poetry Pals Learning Center
The Poetry Pals Learning Center is designed for use in classrooms, homes, libraries, daycares, etc. Through a series of successes and event-oriented reading processes, children are motivated to read, using rhyme and rhythm to help build confidence in their ability to learn.
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announced 1/10/2022 via PR Newswire

Texthelp Systems Ltd., will purchase Education Technology Division from Don Johnston, Inc.

synopsis: Texthelp, a global leader in literacy and accessibility technology, will acquire the Education Technology Division of Don Johnston Inc. The Education Technology Division specializes in assistive technology to help students overcome the barriers of dyslexia. Don Johnston Inc.'s curriculum division will form a new company, named Building Wings™.
buyer: Texthelp Systems Ltd.
Founded in 1996, Texthelp has established itself as the global pioneer and leader in cloud-based assistive technology and learning analytics for the education and corporate sectors. The company has supported 30 million students and employees worldwide with reading, writing, and more. "
seller: Don Johnston, Inc.
The Education Technology Division of Don Johnston Inc. specializes in assistive technology to help students overcome the barriers of dyslexia and harness their unique strengths.
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closed 9/13/2018 via BusinessWire

EMC School, acquired Mondo Publishing

synopsis: Carnegie Learning’s EMC School division, a leading provider of digital and blended literacy solutions, announced its acquisition of Mondo Publishing, a company celebrated for its K-5 literacy resources and professional learning services.
buyer parent: CIP Capital
buyer: EMC School (:$0.00)
EMC School, a division of Carnegie Learning, is a recognized leader in language learning solutions. Founded in 1954, EMC offers core instructional solutions and materials, supplements, and assessments for the K-12 market. "
target: Mondo Publishing
Since 1986, Mondo (meaning “world” in Italian) has been providing ongoing professional learning services and developing high-quality literacy resources for K-5 classrooms.
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announced 1/13/2005 via PR Newswire

Educate, Inc., will acquire Gateway Learning Corporation

synopsis: Educate, Inc. EEEE, a leading pre-K-12 education services company and parent of Sylvan Learning Centers and Catapult Learning, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase all of the stock of Gateway Learning Corporation, which owns Hooked on Phonics.
buyer parent: Sterling Capital, Ltd.
buyer: Educate, Inc.
Educate, Inc., is a leading pre-K-12 education company delivering supplemental education services and products to students and their families. Educate's consumer services business, Sylvan Learning Center, is North America's best-known and most trusted tutoring brand. "
target: Gateway Learning Corporation
Hooked on Phonics is back. After filing for bankruptcy protection in 1995, the learn-to-read program was resurrected as Gateway Learning by chairman Chip Adams. As a partner in Rosewood Capital, Adams helped bring in money to retool the program with the assistance of teachers, writers, artists, and
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closed 12/31/2006 via

Pearson Education, acquired Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, today announced the acquisition of an 80% stake in Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori (PBM), one of Italy's leading educational publishing companies.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori
Paravia Bruno Mondadori publishes for all types of Italian schools (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary) and across all subjects (modern languages, maths, science, humanities, grammar/literature, social sciences and vocational) and has a catalogue of more than 3,000 school titles.
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closed 6/1/2015 via PR Newswire

ProQuest LLC, acquired Coutts Information Services Limited

synopsis: ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Coutts' expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well.
buyer parent: Cambridge Information Group, LLC
buyer: ProQuest LLC
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. "
target parent: Ingram Industries
target: Coutts Information Services Limited
Coutts Information Services Limited provides a range of physical and digital services to the book industry. It serves publishers, small presses, institutions, associations, information professionals, academic libraries, and government organizations.
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closed 9/18/2006 via PR Newswire

Freeload Press, Inc., acquired Textbook Revolution

synopsis: Freeload Press, Inc. has purchased Textbook Revolution in a strategic move designed to add more products, expand services and increase resources for college students and other learners around the country. The combined companies will provide extensive resources for students searching for affordable textbooks.
buyer: Freeload Press, Inc.
Freeload Press, Inc. publishes e-textbooks using advertising and corporate sponsorship to reduce costs. The company publishes its own college textbooks and distributes both Freeload Press publications and other publishers’ textbooks. "
target: Textbook Revolution
Textbook Revolution catalogs and hosts free textbooks and websites that could replace books. Each link in the catalog is carefully reviewed and tagged so that users can quickly find and compare books.
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closed 6/26/2017 via PR Web

Certica Solutions, acquired Unbound Concepts

synopsis: Certica Solutions, provider of the Certica Connect™ edtech platform-as-a-service (PaaS), announced the acquisition of Baltimore-based Unbound Concepts, innovator of the Artifact™ application which provides educators, librarians, readers and curriculum buyers with a better way to search, browse and discover books.
buyer parent: New Harbor Capital
buyer: Certica Solutions
Certica is the innovator of the Certica Connect™ platform-as-a-service which provides application interoperability and centralized integration, access and enrichment of education data, metadata and content. "
target: Unbound Concepts
Baltimore-based Unbound Concepts is the innovator of the Artifact™ application which provides educators, librarians, readers and curriculum buyers with a better way to search, browse and discover books. Artifact embodies a unique taxonomy of over 700 terms.
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closed 4/19/2005 via PR Newswire

The Wicks Group, acquired EMC Corporation

synopsis: Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C., a New York-based private equity firm, today announced that its affiliate, Wicks Educational Publishing, LLC, has completed the acquisition of EMC Corporation, an independent educational publisher, for $21.00 per share, or a total purchase price of $44.1 million.
buyer: The Wicks Group
The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. is a New York based private equity firm that invests in selected segments of the communications, information and media industries. "
target: EMC Corporation
EMC/Paradigm publishes textbook programs for accounting/math, allied health, computer applications, developmental skills, English/communications, keyboarding, machine transcription/shorthand, office systems, psychology/human relations/careers, staff development, and world languages.
price ($mm)
$44
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$30
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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 5/29/2015 via BusinessWire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acquired Scholastic Educational Technology and Services

synopsis: Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it has completed its previously-announced acquisition of the Educational Technology and Services business of Scholastic Corporation. The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States.
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,050.80)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is 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 parent: Scholastic Inc.
target: Scholastic Educational Technology and Services
The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States as well as related implementation and assessment services and school consulting services.
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closed 8/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Taylor & Francis Group, acquired M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

synopsis: M.E. Sharpes, a higher education academic books and journals company has been acquired by Taylor & Francis Group, a subsidiary of Informa plc. M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs.
buyer parent: Informa plc
buyer: Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis is a leading international academic publisher. Operating from a network of 20 global offices, the Taylor & Francis Group publishes more than 1,500 journals and around 1,800 new books each year, with a books backlist in excess of 20,000 specialist titles. "
target: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs. M.E. Sharpe also publishes both original works and translations in Asian and East European studies.
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closed 4/20/2022 via PR Newswire

Brookes Publishing Co., Inc., acquired Caslon Publishing

synopsis: Brookes Publishing, a leading provider of evidence-based assessments, textbooks, and training for professionals in early childhood, special education, and communication, language, and literacy, has acquired the complete list of titles from Caslon Publishing, a trusted publisher of books on multilingual language and literacy education.
buyer: Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.
Brookes Publishing is an independent publishing company. Founded in 1978, Brookes has been the premier publisher of practical, research-based resources that support children’s healthy development and boost the learning and success of all people, with and without disabilities. "
target: Caslon Publishing
Caslon Publishing is an independent publisher. They publish texts for professional educators that address contemporary challenges across a wide range of contexts in language and literacy education, and its work actively promotes multilingualism and intercultural communication.
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closed 1/11/2022 via PR Newswire

Learners Edge, acquired Lavinia Group

synopsis: Quad-C Management, Inc., a leading middle market private equity firm, announced that its portfolio company, Learners Edge, has acquired Lavinia Group. Lavinia Group provides world-class professional development for K-8 teachers to ensure joyful, student-centered, research-based literacy, math, and social studies instruction.
buyer parent: Quad-C Management, Inc.
buyer: Learners Edge
Founded in 2002, Learners Edge is committed to serving educators throughout their journeys—from initial teacher certification through re-licensure, professional development and salary advancement. Learners Edge offers over 120 credit-bearing continuing education courses for preK-12 educators. "
target: Lavinia Group
Based in New York, Lavinia Group provides world-class professional development for K-8 teachers and school leaders to ensure joyful, student-centered, research-based literacy, math, and social studies instruction that drives real results. Lavinia Group was founded in 2015 by Arin Lavinia.
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announced 8/31/2021 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill, will acquire Achieve3000

synopsis: McGraw Hill will acquire Achieve3000, a recognized leader in differentiated instruction and learning acceleration for PreK-12 students in all 50 states and 49 countries. The acquisition will further complement McGraw Hill's core products in PreK-12 with supplemental and intervention solutions to help students of all ages and abilities.
buyer parent: Platinum Equity, LLC
buyer: McGraw-Hill
McGraw Hill is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that drive results for students, parents, educators and professionals. They focus on educational equity, affordability and learning success to help learners build better lives. "
target: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 delivers a comprehensive learning platform that accelerates and deepens learning in literacy, math, science, social studies, and English Language Arts. Teachers in every subject rely on Achieve3000's solutions to promote equity, increase engagement, and accelerate learning.
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closed 8/19/2021 via PR Newswire

Course Hero, acquired Cliffs Notes, Inc.

synopsis: Course Hero has acquired CliffsNotes, creator of iconic study guides that have been used by high school and college students for more than 60 years. With more than 64 million visits annually, CliffsNotes offers students free online access to hundreds of literature guides and test prep guides that expand to subjects beyond literature.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is on a mission to help students make every study hour count, and graduate confident and prepared. Course Hero's online learning platform offers more than 60 million course-specific study resources created by and for students and educators, as well as 24/7 tutor help. "
target parent: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
target: Cliffs Notes, Inc.
CliffsNotes are the original (and most widely imitated) study guides written by real teachers and professors. CliffsNotes offers literature study guides and test-preparation for high school and college students to help them understand and learn literature.
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closed 3/10/2022 via PR Newswire

Course Hero, acquired Scribbr B.V.

synopsis: Course Hero, Inc., a leading education provider, has announced the acquisition of Scribbr, a leader in multilingual proofreading, editing, and citation services for academic writing.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is on a mission to help students make every study hour count, and graduate confident and prepared. Course Hero's online learning platform offers more than 60 million course-specific study resources created by and for students and educators, as well as 24/7 tutor help. "
target: Scribbr B.V.
Scribbr helps students achieve academic writing success, through content, tools, and services designed to help anyone become a better academic writer.
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closed 8/19/2021 via PR Newswire

Course Hero, acquired Cliffs Notes, Inc.

synopsis: Course Hero has acquired CliffsNotes, creator of iconic study guides that have been used by high school and college students for more than 60 years. With more than 64 million visits annually, CliffsNotes offers students free online access to hundreds of literature guides and test prep guides that expand to subjects beyond literature.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is on a mission to help students make every study hour count, and graduate confident and prepared. Course Hero's online learning platform offers more than 60 million course-specific study resources created by and for students and educators, as well as 24/7 tutor help. "
target parent: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
target: Cliffs Notes, Inc.
CliffsNotes are the original (and most widely imitated) study guides written by real teachers and professors. CliffsNotes offers literature study guides and test-preparation for high school and college students to help them understand and learn literature.
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Course Hero, acquired QuillBot, Inc.

synopsis: Course Hero has acquired QuillBot, a pioneering AI-powered writing platform used by 7 million people every month to check for grammar, make citations, and improve their writing skills. QuillBot offers a suite of writing tools that provides users with the feedback they need to more clearly communicate their ideas.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is on a mission to help students make every study hour count, and graduate confident and prepared. Course Hero's online learning platform offers more than 60 million course-specific study resources created by and for students and educators, as well as 24/7 tutor help. "
target: QuillBot, Inc.
QuillBot is an AI-powered platform that helps nearly 7 million monthly active users improve their writing skills. Quillbot offers a suite of writing tools including a grammar checker and citation generator that provides users with the feedback they need to more clearly communicate their ideas.
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closed 6/11/2021 via BNC Analysis

Course Hero, acquired LitCharts

synopsis: Course Hero, an online platform providing educational resources to help students learn more effectively, has acquired LitCharts, the world's best literary resource, with hundreds of literature guides, literary terms, and modern English translations of every Shakespeare play. Millions of students and teachers read LitCharts every month.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is an online platform providing educational resources to help students learn more effectively. Whether exploring new subjects or mastering key topics, Course Hero provides interested learners with the tools they need to achieve their goals. "
target: LitCharts
Created by the original editors of SparkNotes, LitCharts is the world's best literary resource, with hundreds of literature guides, literary terms, and modern English translations of every Shakespeare play. Millions of students and teachers read LitCharts every month.
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closed 10/27/2020 via Company Press Release

Course Hero, acquired Symbolab

synopsis: Course Hero, an online learning platform for course-specific study resources, acquired Symbolab, a pioneer in the development of artificial intelligence to help students demystify the most vexing math challenges. Symbolab has been used by over 50 million students to work through and understand one billion questions and explanations in 2020 alone.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is an online platform providing educational resources to help students learn more effectively. Whether exploring new subjects or mastering key topics, Course Hero provides interested learners with the tools they need to achieve their goals. "
target: Symbolab
Founded by mathematicians and computer scientists in 2011, Symbolab helps students better understand and practice math problems across a range of educational levels and subjects, such as advanced algebra, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry and physics.
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closed 12/8/2010 via PR Newswire

Chegg, Inc., acquired Cramster, Inc.

synopsis: Chegg, the number one online textbook rental company, announced that it has acquired Pasadena-based Cramster, the leading social platform providing online homework help. The new service adds to Chegg's popular textbook rental and new course planning services.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$774.52)
Chegg.com is the number one online textbook rental company that has saved students on more than 6,400 campuses nationwide in excess of $240 million. Chegg.com offers students access to a growing catalog of more than 4.2 million titles, a variety of shipping options and free returns. "
target: Cramster, Inc.
Cramster.com brings together students, educators and subject enthusiasts in an online study community. With around-the-clock expert help and a community of over 100,000 knowledgeable members, you can find the help you need, whenever you need it.
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closed 4/15/2010 via PE Hub

Primera Capital, purchased a minority stake in Cramster, Inc.

synopsis: Cramster.com, the leading provider of online homework help for college and high school students, announced that it has secured $6M in Series B financing led by Primera Capital. Primera Managing Partner Ori Sasson joins the Cramster board. More than one million students have used Cramster to get unstuck on homework problems.
buyer: Primera Capital
Primera Capital was founded to help entrepreneurs build successful companies. Primera's primary objective is to use our experience and knowledge about marketing and technology to provide the companies in our portfolio with the tools they need to succeed. "
target: Cramster, Inc.
Cramster.com brings together students, educators and subject enthusiasts in an online study community. With around-the-clock expert help and a community of over 100,000 knowledgeable members, you can find the help you need, whenever you need it.
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closed 6/14/2016 via Market Wire

Brainly, acquired OpenStudy

synopsis: Brainly, the world's largest social learning community for students, announced that it has acquired the U.S.'s leading peer-to-peer study help platform, OpenStudy. OpenStudy democratizes academic help and offers an addictive experience through sophisticated game mechanics and analytics.
buyer: Brainly
Brainly is the place to learn, for students, by students. The world's largest social learning community, Brainly.com and the Brainly app bring high school and middle school students together to make learning outside the classroom highly engaging, effective and rewarding. "
target: OpenStudy
OpenStudy democratizes academic help and offers an addictive experience through sophisticated game mechanics and analytics. OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with other students studying the same things.
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closed 7/1/2013 via Market Wire

Pearson plc, acquired Virtual Nerd, LLC

synopsis: Pearson, the world's leading learning company, providing educational materials and services and business information through the Financial Times Group, acquired Virtual Nerd. The Virtual Nerd collection of free, online, video tutorials supports 21st Century learning by delivering personalized content to students.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$3,428.00)
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Through its books, newspapers and online products and services, Pearson helps people of all ages to live and learn. "
target: Virtual Nerd, LLC
Virtual Nerd is a unique, online resource offering students real help in math and science. Students get the essential benefits of private tutoring and access to over a thousand interactive step-by-step video tutorials presented in their patent-pending Dynamic Whiteboard™.
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closed 2/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Next Education India Private Limited, acquired InOpen Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

synopsis: Education technology startup InOpen Technologies has been acquired by Hyderabad-based Next Education. InOpen serves the K-12 market with its flagship product, Computer Masti and newly introduced Science curriculum, Small Science.
buyer: Next Education India Private Limited
Next Education is working on technology-based K-12 solutions, which are used by over 150,000 teachers and more than 7 million students across over 7,000 schools in India. Founded in 2007, Next Education’s educational solutions and services have been well-received nationally and globally. "
target: InOpen Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
InOpen is a IIT Bombay based educational start up with a focus on developing high quality academic content through intense research. It offer products and services to government and private schools. InOpen is currently serving 600,000 students directly through its products.
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Infinity Learn, acquired WizKlub

synopsis: Infinity Learn, a leading digital learning company in India, has acquired a 75% stake in Wizklub, a next gen edtech company in India. Wizklub offers research-based education programs designed to help kids aged 6-14 years develop future skills. They offer programs and courses for comprehension, critical thinking, coding, STEM, and chess.
buyer: Infinity Learn
Based in India, Infinity Learn transforms the learning experience for both teachers and students. Its products include Online Live Classes, SelfLearn recorded modules, Online mock tests, and a 24x7 doubt clearance app. Infinity Learn is a protege of Sri Chaitanya in the Edtech space. "
target: WizKlub
Wizklub is a next gen edtech company in India. Wizklub offers research-based education programs designed to help kids aged 6-14 years develop future skills. They offer programs and courses for comprehension, critical thinking, coding, STEM, and chess.
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closed 2/14/2011 via BusinessWire

Koofers, acquired Five College Websites

synopsis: Koofers has acquired the assets of five college media properties to augment its nationwide social learning network. The five properties acquired serve the student communities at Michigan State University, University of Georgia, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Middle Tennessee State University and Drexel University.
buyer: Koofers
Koofers is a social learning company transforming higher education through student-driven, intercollegiate collaboration. Founded in 2008, Koofers empowers students to help each other learn by providing open and free access to: course materials, class and professor ratings, study aids and more. "
target: Five College Websites
Five websites serving Michigan State University, University of Georgia, California State Polytechnic University, Middle Tennessee State University and Drexel University consist of over 100,000 professor reviews and ratings, 22 semesters of grade distribution data and 300,000 class discussions.
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announced 1/10/2022 via PR Newswire

Texthelp Systems Ltd., will purchase Education Technology Division from Don Johnston, Inc.

synopsis: Texthelp, a global leader in literacy and accessibility technology, will acquire the Education Technology Division of Don Johnston Inc. The Education Technology Division specializes in assistive technology to help students overcome the barriers of dyslexia. Don Johnston Inc.'s curriculum division will form a new company, named Building Wings™.
buyer: Texthelp Systems Ltd.
Founded in 1996, Texthelp has established itself as the global pioneer and leader in cloud-based assistive technology and learning analytics for the education and corporate sectors. The company has supported 30 million students and employees worldwide with reading, writing, and more. "
seller: Don Johnston, Inc.
The Education Technology Division of Don Johnston Inc. specializes in assistive technology to help students overcome the barriers of dyslexia and harness their unique strengths.
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closed 3/10/2016 via BusinessWire

PASCO scientific, Inc., acquired Ergopedia Inc.

synopsis: PASCO® Scientific, a leader in 21st century science education, announced it has acquired Ergopedia, a Boston-based developer of interactive technologies that enable hands-on learning in science and engineering classrooms. Ergopedia is known for creating innovative science-learning tools supported by supplemental curriculum, lesson plans and more.
buyer: PASCO scientific, Inc.
PASCO has been designing, developing, and supporting innovative teaching and learning solutions for K–12 and higher education since 1964. PASCO’s team of educators, scientists, educational researchers, engineers, and many others is committed to the advancement of STEM education around the world. "
target: Ergopedia Inc.
Ergopedia was founded to create technology-enhanced, interactive learning programs for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses. It is the developer of ErgoBot, a robotic motion system that bridges the gap between curriculum and equipment, and between science and engineering.
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closed 8/19/2010 via PR Newswire

Chegg, Inc., acquired CourseRank LLC

synopsis: Chegg.com, the number one online textbook rental company, announced that it has acquired CourseRank, the website that provides college students an easy and convenient way to create and share their course schedule, take classes with their friends, read and write reviews on classes and professors as well as find out how professors grade.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$774.52)
Chegg.com is the number one online textbook rental company that has saved students on more than 6,400 campuses nationwide in excess of $240 million. Chegg.com offers students access to a growing catalog of more than 4.2 million titles, a variety of shipping options and free returns. "
target: CourseRank LLC
CourseRank's scheduling, planning and course review system guides students by arranging relevant course information in an easily accessible display where they can track their progress towards the goal of graduation, mapping courses taken, and grades received.
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closed 1/28/2021 via PR Newswire

Verge Learning Inc., acquired XceptionalED

synopsis: Verge Learning Inc., a marketplace of special education tools and resources worldwide, has acquired XceptionalED, a professional development platform of online courses and conferences supporting disability-focused professionals, educators, advocates, and parents. XceptionalED will be integrated into Verge Learning's teletherapy platform.
buyer: Verge Learning Inc.
Verge Learning is a comprehensive marketplace of special education-focused technology and resources, including teletherapy, professional development, and student content management for therapists, clinics, and school districts. "
target: XceptionalED
XceptionalED is a professional development platform of online courses, conferences, and podcasts supporting disability-focused professionals, educators, advocates, and parents. XceptionalED offers high-quality, impactful, cost-effective online courses built on evidence-based foundations.
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closed 4/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Boxlight, acquired Robo

synopsis: Boxlight Corporation, a provider of interactive technology solutions for the global education market, has acquired Robo 3D, a leading 3D printer brand, and MyStemKits, the largest online collection of K-12 STEM curriculum for 3D printing. The acquisition supports Boxlight's expansion of solutions for K-12 classrooms and its focus on STEM education.
buyer: Boxlight (BOXL:$39.70)
Boxlight is a leading provider of technology solutions for the global education market. The company develops, sells, and services its integrated, interactive solution suite of software, classroom technologies, professional development, and support services. "
target: Robo (ASX:RBO:$4.43)
Robo is a leading brand of 3D printers, empowering 3D creation with its growing line of products in hardware, materials, and content. MyStemKits develops K-12 curriculum for standards-driven instruction and 3D-printable manipulatives to create an end-to-end STEM solution.
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closed 6/12/2014 via PR Web

Relias Learning, acquired Autism Training Solutions

synopsis: Relias Learning, the leader in online training for human services organizations, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Autism Training Solutions (ATS). The acquisition adds more than 2,000 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training video clips and over 60 hours of expert instruction to Relias Learning’s comprehensive training library.
buyer parent: Vista Equity Partners
buyer: Relias Learning
Relias Learning is the leader in online training for the senior care, behavioral health, community health, correctional, and developmental disabilities markets. Relias offers user-friendly online training solutions that improve compliance and eliminate record keeping headaches. "
target: Autism Training Solutions
Autism Training Solutions (ATS) is the online education company dedicated to training professionals and paraprofessionals within the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related behavioral disabilities.
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closed 11/20/2019 via PR Newswire

IXL Learning, acquired Education.com Inc.

synopsis: IXL Learning, the K-12 personalized learning platform used by 8 million students, has acquired Education.com, the leading online education destination serving more than 23 million teachers, parents, and homeschoolers. Education.com offers more than 30,000 digital and printable learning resources for pre-K to 5th grade.
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 60 billion questions asked and answered around the world, IXL helps schools successfully use technology to improve education. "
target: Education.com Inc.
Education.com is a leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers. The company's early learning platform was designed to be tailored to every child's unique interests and needs and can be accessed across a variety of digital platforms.
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closed 5/12/2021 via BusinessWire

CuriosityStream Inc., acquired One Day University

synopsis: CuriosityStream Inc., the leading global factual streaming service and media company, announced that it has acquired One Day University, which provides access to more than 500 engaging talks and lectures from the best professors at more than 150 colleges and universities in the United States.
buyer: CuriosityStream Inc. (CURI:$39.62)
CuriosityStream is a leading global independent factual media company. Their documentary series and features cover every topic from space exploration to adventure to the secret life of pets, empowering viewers of all ages to fuel their passions and explore new ones. "
target: One Day University
One Day University provides access to more than 500 engaging talks and lectures from the best professors at more than 150 colleges and universities in the United States. One Day University brings together nearly 200 of the greatest professors from the world's top schools.
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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

VIF International Education, acquired Participate Learning

synopsis: VIF International Education, a K-12 professional development company, has acquired Participate Learning, a teacher resource aggregator and search engine.
buyer: VIF International Education
VIF International Education partners with districts and schools to prepare global-ready teachers and students. Educators use VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language and cultural exchange programs to create engaging learning environments. "
target: Participate Learning
Participate Learning empowers teachers to improve student outcomes by helping them find and share free vetted educational resources to take advantage of the preponderance of broadband and internet-connected devices in their classrooms.
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closed 11/20/2019 via BNC Analysis

Azent Overseas Education Ltd, acquired AdmissionTable.com

synopsis: Azent Overseas Education Ltd, an online education startup founded by IT firm Hexaware Technologies Ltd founder Atul Nishar, said it has acquired Bengaluru-based AdmissionTable.com, an artificial intelligence (AI) driven online platform for overseas university selection and admission counselling.
buyer: Azent Overseas Education Ltd
Azent Overseas Education Ltd seeks to revolutionize how students go to study abroad. An international education advisory, backed by years of experience in education and technology, Azent is the brainchild of Atul Nishar (founder of Aptech and Hexaware Technologies). "
target: AdmissionTable.com
Bengaluru-based AdmissionTable.com is an artificial intelligence driven online platform for overseas university selection and admission counselling.
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closed 3/6/2020 via BNC Analysis

Snapplify, acquired Onnie Media

synopsis: South African ed-tech startup Snapplify has acquired Onnie Media, a company that operates digital platforms that act as independent online communities for teachers and educational specialists to share their knowledge and resources. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
buyer: Snapplify
Snapplify provides a marketplace for digital education content, related educational services and devices, offering e-learning solutions to over 1,400 schools, colleges and universities, and more than 200,000 students. "
target: Onnie Media
Onnie Media (Pty) Ltd operates digital platforms that act as independent online communities for teachers and educational specialists to share their knowledge and resources. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
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closed 3/24/2022 via BNC Analysis

Paragin B.V., acquired SOWISO

synopsis: Paragin, an education technology software provider in the Netherlands, has acquired SOWISO, a virtual STEM teaching assistant in the Netherlands. SOWISO provides a learning platform that increases student engagement and saves teachers time. The platform offers interactive courses for basic maths, calculus, physics, data analysis, and more.
buyer parent: Main Capital Partners BV
buyer: Paragin B.V.
Netherlands-based Paragin develops software aimed at competence, knowledge, and talent development for large and small organizations in education and business. Their products range from software for testing and examining to an e-learning platform, certification, career development, and ePortfolios. "
target: SOWISO
SOWISO is a virtual STEM teaching assistant in the Netherlands. SOWISO provides an innovative learning platform that increases student engagement and saves teachers time. The platform offers interactive courses for basic maths, calculus, physics, data analysis, and more.
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announced 7/1/2019 via BusinessWire

Wiley, will acquire Zyante

synopsis: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global leader in research and education, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Zyante Inc., a leading provider of computer science and STEM education courseware. Zyante was founded in 2012 and its zyBooks platform has served over 500,000 students across 500 institutions.
buyer: Wiley (NYSE:JW.A:$1,864.09)
Wiley drives the world forward with research and education. Through publishing, platforms and services, they help students, researchers, universities, and corporations to achieve their goals in an ever-changing world. "
target: Zyante
Zyante Inc. is a leading provider of computer science and STEM education courseware. Zyante was founded in 2012 and its zyBooks platform has served over 500,000 students across 500 institutions.
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