Mergers and Acquisitions

CodeMonkey Acquired by TAL Education Group

BEIJING – CodeMonkey caught more than a few bananas today.An educational coding platform for grade school students with the cheeky tagline, “Write code. Catch bananas. Save the world” said today that it has been acquired by Beijing-based TAL Education Group.

Google Makes a Rare Education Technology Acquisition: Workbench

Getting acquired by the likes of Apple, Google and other “Big Tech” firms is often the dream of entrepreneurs (and their investors). Yet in the education industry, these deals have been few and far in between, especially as many of these companies have opted to build their own edtech tools.

Struggling College-Pathway Provider Quad Learning Pivots and Sells

An experiment to create an inexpensive pathway for students to attend prestigious, four-year universities ended up costing one company a lot of money. As a result, it has pivoted from its original mission and has been sold—at a fraction of the venture capital it raised.

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New Merger Wants to Create ‘WeWork for Education’ Via Digital Badges and Mini-Campuses

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and nonprofit LRNG have agreed to merge into one behemoth education organization with an ambitious goal: to streamline the disjointed pathways between K-12, higher education and the workforce and create something altogether more cohesive.

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd, a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. Terms of the acquisition deal were not disclosed.

Achieve3000 Acquires Literacy Startup Actively Learn

Stuart Udell has overseen nearly two dozen mergers and acquisitions across his career in the education industry, which spans stints at Penn Foster, Catapult Learning and K12 Inc. Now, just a few months into his current role as CEO at Achieve3000, Udell is already adding another company to the list.

Companies Are Bought, Not Sold: M&A Advice From 3 Edtech CEOs Who Survived the Process

At the start of this decade, the education industry saw hundreds of flowers bloom. Launched from garages and tech accelerators, startup after startup burst onto the scene with technology tools for the education market.The industry has since consolidated, due in part to an uptick in mergers and acquisitions by education companies and private equity firms. Data from investment bank, Berkery Noyes suggest these deals have grown at a steady clip since 2013.

Carnegie Learning Gets a Makeover After Private Equity Investment

Private equity’s pursuit to acquire puzzle pieces to build comprehensive educational technology platforms shows no sign of slowing down.

Korean Publisher Acquires Adaptive Math Program, KnowRe

Math is a hot subject right now—especially in the world of mergers and acquisitions. Last week, DreamBox Learning raised $130 million to grow its online K-8 math software.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

This week, two online math instructional developers found themselves in the crosshairs of private equity firms. One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund.

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