Edtech Business

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Who is buying and selling education technology companies? News of strategic, institutional and private equity investors involved in mergers and acquisitions.


Faculty Workflow Tech Company Interfolio Acquires DATA180
INTERFOLIO, a workflow product used by higher-ed institutions to hire and manage faculty, has acquired faculty-activity reporting tool DATA180. According to the press release, the move will create a single platform for higher-ed faculty data, and “bring attention to ‘faculty tech’ that will spur growth and long-term investment in the category...
LivingTree Acquires Parent-Teacher Communication Tool ClassMessenger
LIVINGTREE, a private social network for PK-12 families and schools, announced it has acquired the parent-teacher communication tool, ClassMessenger. Based in Austin, Texas, LivingTree will continue operating ClassMessenger until the end of June, during which time the company will be asking for feedback and automatically setting up accounts to migrate ClassMessenger users to LivingTree in time for the 2017-2018 school year...
Education Software Provider Frontline Education Acquires eSPED
ON THE FRONTLINE: Education software provider Frontline Education has acquired eSPED, an Andover, Mass.-based software information services developer for educators, administrators and parents of children with special needs. Founded in 1999, eSPED provides cloud-based application and products, like the company's eSTAR series, made to help "streamline the multi-authoring and shared ownership of special population documents...
​Nonprofit Edtech Research Center Waterford Institute Acquires Curriculet
CURRICULET, a self-guided digital reading platform that shut its doors in June, has new plans in store. Nonprofit edtech and research center Waterford Institute today announced it has acquired the San Francisco-based startup for an undisclosed amount. Under its new ownership, Curriculet’s platform will initially become part of the Waterford curriculum focusing on third to sixth grade students, and later the acquirer plans to offer Curriculet’s program features through grade 12...
Eagle Eye Networks CEO Dean Drako Acquires K-12 Social Network Livingtree
LIVINGTREE, a private social network for K-12 schools, teachers and parents, today announced its acquisition by Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. Founded in 2012, LivingTree’s structured, or “hierarchical,” platform mimics the organization of the K-12 educational system and allows teachers, schools and districts to engage students and families through sharing posts as well as photos, documents and emails in more than 100 languages...
Google Acquires Learning Platform for Cloud Skills
QWIKLABS, a platform for learning about cloud technologies and software, has been acquired by Google. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Google tells TechCrunch it will use the Qwiklabs platform to train people on all of its cloud products, including G Suite. Until now, most learners have used Qwiklabs to get up to speed on Amazon’s AWS platform...
Imagine Learning Acquires Online Math Program, Think Through Learning
THINK THROUGH LEARNING, the developer behind online math program Think Through Math, has been acquired by Provo, Utah-based Imagine Learning. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Imagine Learning is owned by Weld North, a private equity firm that also owns Compass Learning, Edgenuity and a half dozen other edtech companies...
Jouve Acquires Six Red Marbles, Expands to Corporate Learning
CORPORATE LEARNING: Boston-based e-learning company Six Red Marbles was acquired by Jouve in August 2016. Six Red Marbles did everything from user testing and consulting to prototyping and content development for K-12, higher education and enterprises. In a press release, Jouve CEO Geoffrey Godet says the merging will position the company to grow in the corporate learning market...