CloserStill acquires Online Educa Berlin

CloserStillCloserStill Media is to acquire Online Educa Berlin, a cross-sector conference on technology-

supported learning and training, from ICWE GMbH for an undisclosed sum. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in Berlin, Germany in 1995, OEB is an annual international conference on technology-supported learning and training (e-learning), welcoming over 2,000 delegates from across the corporate, education and public sectors, and including an exhibition featuring more than 80 international Edtech companies and institutions.

The acquisition will complement CloserStill’s existing event brand, Learning Technologies, which has events in Paris and London.

Commenting on the acquisition and the launch plans for Learning Technologies Germany in 2018 alongside OEB, CloserStill’s learning group director, Mark Penton, said: “We are genuinely excited to bring the highly respected OEB event into our family of market-leading events and to work with its founder Rebecca Stromeyer.

“We see a significant opportunity to evolve OEB into one of Europe’s most important learning events with the introduction of our Learning Technologies brand into the heart of the European marketplace.”

Germany, Berlin, UK, London

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IHRDC acquires petroleum training company Invincible Energy

ihrdcIHRDC, an oil and gas industry training business, has acquired Invincible Energy, a U.K.-based petroleum training and consultancy company. Invincible offers a variety of petroleum trading, marketing and risk management programs on a public basis each year at Cambridge University, Geneva and Singapore. They alsoinvincible teach these programs on a private, in-house basis for companies worldwide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We really value the design of Invincible’s programs and the quality of its instructors, which is why we decided to make this acquisition.” said Dr. David Donohue, President of IHRDC. “They have an excellent reputation for teaching the fundamentals of the oil markets with practical exercises and real time access to market data. Their unique program design is very similar to our time-tested petroleum workshops that offer the best way to internalize learning. It is a win-win for us and our many common clients!”

USA, Boston, MA & UK, Farnham, Surrey

UPDATE: Tribal Group acquires International Graduate Insight Group

tribalTribal Group has announced that it has completed its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of International Graduate Insight Group (“i-graduate”). This news comes after its announcement on the 20th December that the provider of education, learning and training services worldwide had reached an agreement with i-graduate to acquire it, with the transaction completing on schedule.

The terms of the deal stated that Tribal Group will pay an initial amount of £2.86 million on completion and up to a maximum of £7.5 million subject to satisfaction of an earn-out criteria based on earnings over the 3 year period ending 31 December 2015. The unaudited profit before tax of International Graduate Insight Group Limited for the year ended 31 March 2012 was £423k and the value of gross assets at that time was £1,799k.

i-graduate is an independent benchmarking and analytics group, working in partnership with institutions and education organisations to provide evidence-based information on education experience and outcomes across higher education, further education and schools markets.  The business works with over 1,200 education institutions in 24 countries, receiving and analysing feedback from more than 1.3 million students of over 190 nationalities.  i-graduate will join Tribal’s Services business and will strengthen the Group’s evidence-based analytics offering.

i-graduate was founded in 2005 by Will and Lindsay Archer.  Will Archer will continue to lead the i-graduate business and will head up the integration of i-graduate’s offerings with Tribal’s existing financial benchmarking and analytic capabilities.

Tribal’s Chief Executive Officer, Keith Evans, commented: “This acquisition will enable us to strengthen our capabilities in this exciting and emerging area, expands our product offering to our existing customers and provides increased access for our existing products to the i-graduate customer base, both in the UK and in our targeted international markets.” The transaction is expected to be earnings accretive.

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UK, London