A Look at EdTech Deals and Acquisitions

This week, GigaOM wrote about the report from CB Insights that analyzed the education tech acquisitions in 2012. Edtech investments have been increasing and last year totaled a whopping $1.1B. The report looked at acquisitions and deals over the past year and we’ve summarized some key points below.

CB Insights confirmed there were 48 ed tech deals in 2012, which is about the same as the year prior, when there were 51 deals in 2011. Of the $1.1 billion that edtech companies received in funding, one-third of it went to just ten companies: Desire2Learn, Open English, Lumos Labs, Echo369, 2U, Chegg, Kaltura, Edmodo, the Minerva Project and Orbis Education. Approximately 70% of the funding were either seed or Series A funding rounds. Many of the deals were driven by publishers. John Wiley & Sons bought three companies and Pearson bought two. Outside of publishers, Blackboard and Vista Equity Partners each acquired two companies.

The most expensive acquisitions were tied to online learning. Pearson spent $650M on Embanet Compass,

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which provides online leraning services for higher ed, and John Wily & Sons spent $220M on Deltak Edu, which is an online degree services company.

This suggests that major deals last year centered around online learning and content, which doesn’t come as a big surprise in the world of edtech. What lies ahead in 2013? Share your predictions below.