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Dec, 12 2017

AEON Learning Acquires Acadgild for $10mn

According to a recent report by Google and KPMG online education in India will see approximately 8x growths in the next five years

Bengaluru-based edtech firm AEON Learning has acquired Acadgild in an all-stock deal worth $10 Mn. Post the deal completion, Vikalp Jain, co-founder of Acadgild will join AEON Learning as President.

With this acquisition, AEON Learning aims to tap into the fast-growing online higher education market, which is pegged to be a $1.96 Bn industry by 2021 as per a latest KPMG-Google report.

AEON Learning is focused on providing online degree programmes and skill development courses to universities through its platform Avagmah. The start-up reaches out to 22,000 students across 66 countries and partners with over seven institutes and universities and over 36 corporate across the globe.

 Karthik KS, Founder and CEO of AEON Learning Said “ Acadgild’s leadership and strengths in delivering cutting-edge short-term IT skills complement Avagmah’s leadership in supporting universities in offering their long-term courses using technology. This acquisition, thus, offers us a tremendous opportunity to shape the future of the global workforce to produce readily deployable skilled talent. There are clear synergies in the business processes and target markets of both Avagmah and Acadgild and this acquisition put us in a formidable position to address both education and re-skilling needs of working professionals and will help us grow and scale faster than ever”.

The start-up takes a differentiated approach and offers a hybrid model that combines live classes and an online platform for learning. Acadgild offers programmes on leading-edge technology skills with hands-on mentorship from industry experts. It works with various corporate offering over 35 industry ready skill development courses, some of them being Android programming, analytics, big data and more.

Other start-ups operational in this space are Coursera, Khan Academy, DoSelect’s ‘DoSelect for Developers’, CodeHack Bloc.io and General Assembly, and more. As per an Inc42 Data Labs report, in H1 2017, over 23 deals took place with $99 Mn being invested in the edtech sector.

According to a recent report by Google and KPMG, online education in India will see approximately 8 x growths in the next five years. Also, it is expected that the paid user base will grow 6X from 1.6 Mn users in 2016 to 9.6 Mn users in 2021. This will have a significant impact on the existing edtech market that has a potential to touch $1.96 Bn by 2021 from where it stands now i.e. $247 Mn. With this consolidation, how well these two edtech firms will be able to capitalise on this opportunity remains to be seen.

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