Mergers and Acquisitions

Thinking About Selling Your Edtech Startup? Here’s What to Expect.

Once your startup picks up steady traction, you, your colleagues or your investors will begin thinking of next steps. Perhaps you want to keep the momentum going and continue growing organically, a process that may include further fundraising.You may also consider an exit. After all, running an education startup tests patience and wallets. Your investors and shareholders may want to make their financial returns. You may also want to cash out. Or maybe you’re simply burnt out.

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A Humbled Declara, Once a Darling of the Edtech Industry, Finds a New Home

Declara launched in 2012 to considerable funding and fanfare—including a shoutout from former President Barack Obama. But its AI-powered social learning platform struggled to live up to expectations, and never quite found its footing in the education market.

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2U’s ‘Third Chapter’ Begins With a $750M Acquisition of Trilogy Education

It’s a trilogy in the making, and for 2U’s third chapter, the online program management company wants in on bootcamps.That’s how 2U co-founder and CEO, Chip Paucek, framed its latest deal: acquiring Trilogy Education Services, an education company that helps set up and run short-term coding programs at university extension schools, for $750 million. The deal is expected to close in two months.

That’s a Rap! Nearpod Buys Educational Hip Hop Creator, Flocabulary

It’s out of the ordinary when Nearpod buys a company.Today it’s adding Flocabulary, to bring hip hop to the library.

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Bridgepoint Education Gets a New Name, Office and Online Tutoring Service

Bridgepoint Education is getting a makeover. This week, the publicly traded owner of online for-profit Ashford University and provider of online program management services announced a new name, new headquarters and new acquisition.

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

Instructure, the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, has agreed to acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect, for $42.5 million.Of that figure, about $12.3 million will be paid in Instructure common stock, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The deal is expected to close by next Tuesday.

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Bridgepoint Education Acquires a Coding Bootcamp in Fullstack Academy

Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy has been acquired by Bridgepoint Education, a publicly-traded higher education company.

Turnitin to Be Acquired by Advance Publications for $1.75B

A company best known (and sometimes rebuked) for its plagiarism checker has just received one of the biggest checks in the education technology industry.

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Finally: Pearson Sells Its US K-12 Courseware Business—for $250 Million

Nearly a year after announcing the plan, Pearson has finally sold its U.S K-12 courseware business. The buyer: Nexus Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.

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A Welder of Digital Curriculum Companies Buys Its Latest

Weld North Education is named after the Harvard dormitory where its founders first met in 1982. Little did they know then that the first word in its name would become a fitting pun for the private equity firm’s consolidation of education companies.

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