Pearson announced a $25 million acquisition of an Australian digital learning company, and China-based VIPKid’s raised $80 million in new venture capital funding.
In K-12 dealmaking news, Pearson’s first investments from its venture capital arm have been announced, and a Nashville-based startup that provides parent feedback to schools raises $1 million.
Recent deals include IXL Learning’s acquisition of Education.com, ASSIST Education’s partnership with Santillana to bring its U.S. high school diplomas to Brazil, a U.K.-based acquisition by Strictly Education, and fundraising by ed-tech startups in Mumbai and Nigeria.
U.K.-based school staffing company Zen Educate and California science and coding company CodeCombat both raise funds. South African education company Snapplify eyes international expansion.
In recent dealmaking news, the robotics company Sphero has acquired littleBits, while online education company Coursera acquired startup Rhyme Softworks.
The CEO of ed-tech company Listenwise shares insight around finding the right people for K-12 sales and marketing jobs.
Hands-on coding and STEM education company SAM Labs raises $8.9 million; China-based Bright Scholar acquires British international schools network; Blue Canoe wins $500,000 from Qualcomm; ByteDance leads investment in Minerva Project.
Illuminate Education brings FastBridge Learning under its umbrella, while ACT acquires social-emotional learning company Mawi Learning. Meanwhile, India-based educational app provider Byju’s raised $150 million.
The Faria Education Group makes an acquisition, and the British government is staging a grant program for ed-tech providers, including those outside of England, focused on formative assessment, grading, and other areas.
Renaissance made its third acquisition in one year with the purchase of Freckle Education; Abl acquires School by Design; and Labster partners with the Danish Ministry of Education to provide virtual labs.