Pearson tops the list of education companies acquiring and investing in the Ed Tech space followed by private equity-owned Blackboard and then the Macmillan Group.

With $1.1B in Ed Tech venture capital financing in 2012, we wanted to take a closer look at which of the larger education companies, both private and public, have been most active in both acquiring and investing in emerging, privately-held Ed Tech companies.

Based on M&A and financing data since 2010, London-based publisher Pearson tops the list with 15 acquisitions or investments in Ed Tech companies and is followed by Providence Equity Partners-owned education software provider Blackboard.  The top 3 was rounded out by the Macmillan Group which acquires and invests in Ed Tech companies through two separate arms – Macmillan New Ventures and Macmillan Digital Education. Six of the top 10 are publicly traded education companies as can be seen below:

A spreadsheet with details on all 54 transactions included in this analysis can be found on the ‘Research’ tab, after logging on to CB Insights. This research is only available to paid subscribers with access to CB Insider content.

Data Integrity Note: This list contains only education companies involved in acquisitions and investments and does not include private equity firms and others who may be invested in or acquiring in Ed Tech.