higher education tech

announced 1/11/2010 via PR Newswire

CUnet LLC, will acquire Sparkroom Corp.

synopsis: CUnet, a subsidiary of Nelnet Inc., announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sparkroom, a leading provider of enrollment marketing automation and lead performance management solutions.
buyer parent: Nelnet, Inc.
buyer: CUnet LLC
CUnet is the premier provider of online performance media and interactive marketing services driving qualified student inquiries and enrollments for the higher education industry. "
target: Sparkroom Corp.
Sparkroom's Lead Deliver, Lead IQ, and Lead Market Analytics deliver a hosted business intelligence platform to give direct response marketers the tools and expertise needed to measure, manage, and optimize their lead acquisition spending across every direct response channel.
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closed 2/4/2015 via PR Web

eLearning Innovation, LLC, acquired aelearn

synopsis: eLearning Innovation, LLC, a provider of instructional design services is pleased to announce the acquisition of their long-term partner, Advanced E-learning Solutions (aelearn). aelearn provides customized E-Learning solutions for a variety of organizations (small businesses, higher- and continuing-education, non-profits, and the corporate world).
buyer: eLearning Innovation, LLC
eLearning Innovation, LLC, provides instructional design services to higher ed, K-12, corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. Specializing in experiential learning, eLearning Innovation creates active learning environments that inspire and educate. "
target: aelearn
Advanced E-Learning Solutions, Inc. (aelearn), a minority-owned business, is a premier E-Learning solutions provider. The aelearn team provides customized E-Learning solutions for a variety of organizations (small businesses, higher- and continuing-education, non-profits, and the corporate world).
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closed 8/29/2013 via BNC Analysis

CrossKnowledge, acquired Digital SK

synopsis: CrossKnowledge announced its purchase of Digital SK, the leading Brazilian e-learning provider. This acquisition further consolidates CrossKnowledge's position as a world-class distance training provider.
buyer: CrossKnowledge
Founded in 2000, CrossKnowledge is the European leader in remote development of leadership and managerial skills, using new technologies. "
target: Digital SK
Digital SK was founded in 2004 and quickly took up a dominant position on the Brazilian e-learning market with an extensive range of training content and innovative technological solutions designed for large public and private organizations as well as the education sector.
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closed 12/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson plc, acquired iOKI Sp. k

synopsis: Pearson plc, one of the world's premier media and education companies, acquired of all the rights and obligations of limited partners in iOKI Sp. k., a Poland-based supplier of e-learning solutions.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$5,359.58)
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: iOKI Sp. k
IOKI's portfolio encompasses a broad range of services; which include: designing and preparation of e-learning platforms, creation of e-learning courses, delivery of educational materials, such as e-workbooks, for different education sectors and subjects.
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announced 3/11/2020 via Company Press Release

Learning Technologies Group, will acquire Blackboard Open LMS

synopsis: Learning Technologies Group plc is to acquire all intellectual property and assets relating to Blackboard’s Open LMS platform. Blackboard Open LMS™ provides a strong, open source foundation for competency-based blended, online and professional learning to drive institutional and organizational effectiveness.
buyer: Learning Technologies Group (AIM:LTG:$147.86)
Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG) is a market-leader in the fast-growing workplace digital learning and talent management market. LTG offers large organizations a new approach to learning and talent in a business world driven by digital transformation. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: Blackboard Open LMS
Blackboard Open LMS™ provides a strong, open source foundation for competency-based blended, online and professional learning to drive institutional and organizational effectiveness.
price ($mm)
$32
rev ($mm)
$16
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EV / rev
2.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/4/2011 via PR Newswire

Providence Equity Partners, acquired Blackboard Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners. Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day.
buyer: Providence Equity Partners
Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, communications, information services and education companies around the world. "
target: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,585 [$1,712]
rev ($mm)
$481
EBITDA ($mm)
$79
EV / rev
3.7x
EV / EBITDA
22.3x
closed 11/22/2017 via Company Press Release

Springer Nature, acquired iversity

synopsis: Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, has acquired iversity, an online learning platform that provides high-quality academic and professional development courses. iversity offers individuals and corporate clients MOOCs and online professional development courses from a wide range of topics.
buyer parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: Springer Nature
Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. "
target: iversity
iversity partners with academic institutions and knowledge-based companies to offer academic and professional development courses online. Individuals as well as corporate clients and their employees can choose between MOOCs and online professional development courses from a wide range of topics.
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closed 4/1/2017 via PR Newswire

GP Strategies Corporation, acquired Emantras

synopsis: Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition Emantras, an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences and effective knowledge delivery through award-winning digital and mobile solutions.
buyer: GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX:$504.99)
GP Strategies is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. They improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services. "
target: Emantras
Emantras, is an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences, through digital and mobile solutions. Emantras serves the learning ecosystem by supporting enterprises, trainers and educational institutions in executing and delivering digital training solutions.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$3
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0.0x
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closed 6/12/2019 via BNC Analysis

National Olympiad Foundation, acquired Edurer Knowledge labs

synopsis: Indore-based assessment firm National Olympiad Foundation has acquired ed-tech startup Edurer Knowledge Labs, an India-based company that offers a line of cloud-based SaaS products, designed to meet the learning and administrative needs of institutions and corporates.
buyer: National Olympiad Foundation
Headquartered in India, National Olympiad Foundation constitutes docking of academic talent and social entrepreneurship helping talent to come out from the walls of the classroom. NOF conducts its own GLOBAL talent search exams where resources are utilized for children in need. "
target: Edurer Knowledge labs
Edurer, is an India-based Ed-Tech Startup that offers a line of cloud-based SaaS products, designed to meet the learning and administrative needs of institutions and corporates. Their offerings include services and resources, to automate management, acquire new students and engage them effectively.
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closed 10/16/2013 via PR Web

Gilfus Venture Partners, acquired Adrenna Inc.

synopsis: Gilfus Venture Partners has announced that they have acquired Adrenna Inc., a provider of innovative learning technologies and immersive content solutions for Education and Workforce including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, Union, and Associations.
buyer: Gilfus Venture Partners
Gilfus Venture Partners, LLC (GVP) formed by Stephen Gilfus a founder of DC based Blackboard Inc. was created to stimulate and advance the development of internet leveraged ventures. The Group is primarily interested in: Education and eLearning, Social Networking, and Niche/ Boutique Businesses. "
target: Adrenna Inc.
Adrenna is transforming the way organizations approach training, education and learning by providing innovative learning technologies and immersive content solutions for Education and Workforce including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, Union, and Associations.
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closed 3/26/2012 via PR Newswire

Blackboard Inc., acquired Moodlerooms, Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced that it has acquired Moodlerooms, a provider of open source online learning solutions to the education industry. Moodlerooms, Inc. provides an online learning platform that solves the instructional, financial, and technology needs for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. "
target: Moodlerooms, Inc.
Moodlerooms, Inc. provides an online learning platform that solves the instructional, financial, and technology needs for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
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closed 7/5/2016 via PR Newswire

Xfive.co, acquired Webvanta

synopsis: Australian-based web development agency Xfive a pioneer of PSD to HTM industry acquired all the assets of Bay Area firm Webvanta, well known for its own CMS.The Xfive acquisition of Webvanta helps Xfive to get more recognition in the US and enter the demanding educational and mission-driven market.
buyer: Xfive.co
Xfive is a solution for design and web agencies looking to expand their capacity for front-end, PHP and Ruby on Rails or WordPress development where care is the foundation of everything they do. "
target: Webvanta
Web designers can use Webvanta to create business sites, information portals, community sites, and membership sites.
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closed 8/2/2017 via PR Newswire

Elsevier B.V., acquired Bepress

synopsis: Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, acquired Bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions' research for maximum impact.
buyer parent: RELX Group plc
buyer: Elsevier B.V.
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, and more. "
target: Bepress
Founded by professors in 1999, Bepress exists to serve academia. Bepress builds hosted solutions that let academic institutions showcase and share their works for maximum impact. The Bepress model is unlimited, cloud-based, and fully hosted, and includes dedicated consulting and support.
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closed 2/6/2014 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Area9

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education announced that it has acquired Area9 Aps, an adaptive learning company that develops technologies that fix the gaps in helping people learn with the goal of finding a better way of delivering training and education.
buyer parent: Apollo Global Management
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. "
target: Area9
Area9 develops technologies that fix the gaps in helping people learn with the goal of finding a better way of delivering training and education. Area9's software technologies help content providers develop personalized educational and training solutions.
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announced 8/2/2011 via BusinessWire

Apollo Group, Inc., will purchase eLearning Technology from Carnegie Mellon University

synopsis: Apollo Group, Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire eLearning Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. The acquisition allows Apollo to accelerate its efforts to incorporate adaptive learning into its academic platform and to provide tools to help raise student achievement in mathematics.
buyer: Apollo Group, Inc. (APOL:$2,000.33)
Apollo Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private education providers. The Company offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through its subsidiaries. "
seller: Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is an educational and research institution. The university was founded in 1900 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has endowment assets worth $756 million.
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$22
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closed 7/31/2007 via PR Newswire

Pearson plc, acquired eCollege

synopsis: eCollege a leading provider of eLearning and enrollment services to post-secondary education, today announced that it has been acquired by Pearson Education. As previously announced, approximately 84 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of eCollege voted to approve the transaction.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson plc
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: eCollege
As the only eLearning outsource provider focused on developing full online distance programs, eCollege supports some of the largest and fastest growing online degree, certificate and professional development programs in the country.
price ($mm)[EV]
$504 [$496]
rev ($mm)
$55
EBITDA ($mm)
$18
EV / rev
9.0x
EV / EBITDA
27.0x
closed 8/1/2016 via BusinessWire

Agilent Technologies Inc., acquired iLab Solutions, LLC

synopsis: Agilent Technologies Inc., a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets, announced it has completed the asset acquisition of iLab Solutions LLC, a leader in cloud-based solutions for core laboratory management.
buyer: Agilent Technologies Inc. (A:$4,720.00)
Agilent Technologies Inc. is a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. Agilent works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. "
target: iLab Solutions, LLC
iLab Solutions is the leader in providing web-based management services to academic research institutions with customers that include leading NIH-funded universities, research hospitals, and independent institutes.
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closed 9/11/2012 via PR Newswire

CareerBuilder, Inc., acquired Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

synopsis: CareerBuilder has acquired Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), an economic software firm that specializes in employment data and labor market analysis. Joining forces, CareerBuilder and EMSI will be providing clients with a truly unique perspective on current and future employment trends, skills development and recruitment strategies.
buyer parent: Gannett Co., Inc.
buyer: CareerBuilder, Inc.
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset - their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States, with more than 24 million visitors, 1 million jobs and 45 million resumes. "
target parent: Tregaron Capital Company
target: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports. EMSI has produced more than 1,200 comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities in the US and internationally.
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closed 8/13/2015 via PR Newswire

Blackboard Inc., acquired Nivel Siete

synopsis: Blackboard announced the acquisition of Nivel Siete, a leading Moodle provider operating in Latin America. Nivel Siete offers a variety of learning solutions, hosting, support and consulting services that help organizations succeed in their teaching and learning initiatives.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. They challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them. "
target: Nivel Siete
Nivel Siete, only Moodle partner in Colombia offers a variety of services that aim to help organizations succeed in their technology initiatives, especially those that support e-learning for talent management.
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closed 11/10/2016 via PE Hub

Authorea, acquired The Winnower

synopsis: Authorea, the online collaborative platform for researchers, announced it has acquired The Winnower, a pioneering research publisher that offers advanced publishing tools to individual authors. With the acquisition, Authorea enhances the foremost online platform for researchers to write, cite, collaborate, host data, and publish all in one place.
buyer: Authorea
Authorea is the place to write scientific, academic, and technical documents in collaboration. Authorea is a digital collaboration platform that encourages more immediate knowledge-sharing in the scientific research community. "
target: The Winnower
The Winnower Inc. operates an open access online scholarly publishing platform that employs open post-publication peer review. Its platform allows users to publish research, essays, peer reviews, and more.
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Sparkroom Corp.

aelearn

Digital SK

iOKI Sp. k

Blackboard Open LMS

Blackboard Inc.

iversity

Emantras

Edurer Knowledge labs

Adrenna Inc.

Moodlerooms, Inc.

Webvanta

Bepress

Area9

Carnegie Mellon University

eCollege

iLab Solutions, LLC

Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

Nivel Siete

The Winnower

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