Blackboard Requestec

Blackboard acquires WebRTC Startup Requestec

Blackboard announced the acquisition of Requestec, a startup that creates web conferencing and real time communication gateways for computers and mobile devices. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Requestec’s technology has already been implemented in part of Blackboard’s product line, further implementation and updates are planned for later this year.

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MasteryConnect raises $15.2 million Series B

Mastery Connect announced today that it has raised a $ 15.2 million Series B round led by Trinity Ventures and with participation of Pelion Ventures and Catamount Ventures. Larry Orr, general partner at Trinity Ventures, will join MasteryConnect’s board of directors.

This latest round brings the total funding raised to more than $24 million in five rounds since the platform’s launch in 2009.

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Unitus Seed Fund

Unitus Seed Fund raises additional $7 million for Early Stage Investments

Back in May we reported on the public launch of Unitus Seed Fund in India which had started out with the aim to serve bottom of the pyramid startups across the country.

Unitus has recently announced that it raised an additional $7 million in commitments for its micro VC fund. This additional investment which comes from several large foundations as institutional investors as well as a large number of individual investors, brings the total size of the fund to $ 20 million and confirms an overall enthusiasm for so called impact investments on the subcontinent.

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EdTech Funding Asia

EdTech Funding Asia: $32.8 million in August 2014

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Last month was quiet in terms of funding in Asia compared to the rest of the world, but we can already tell that more deals are coming in throughout September.

Yet, thanks to a significant Series B for Chinese online course platform Xingshuai Teach, the total still surpassed $30 million in August.

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Multilingualism in Europe

Florence Mele and Nicholas Niggli to present at Multilingualism in Europe

Today I am happy to announce that we have confirmed two additional speakers for our event on Multilingualism in Europe this Wednesday.

I would like to introduce Mrs Florence Mele, the Director of Studies at ESCP Europe London Campus and Mr. Nicholas Niggli, the Head of the Economic, Trade and Finance Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK.

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Multilingualism in Europe

Nicolas de Santis of Gold Mercury International to keynote Multilingualism in Europe

We are delighted to announce that Nicolas de Santis will deliver his keynote at our event Multilingualism in Europe next week.

Nicolas de Santis is President & Secretary General of Gold Mercury International, the global foresight think tank and global governance award organisation founded in 1961. De Santis is a global vision strategist and internet entrepreneur, advising companies and governments on sustainably driven corporate and brand visions, business model innovation and cultural transformation.

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Acesse Corporation

Rosetta Stone to provide Language Courses via Acesse University

Rosetta Stone announced a partnership with Acesse Corporation, an Internet marketing and advertising service provider with small business clients across the globe.

Under the partnership, Rosetta Stone will provide its language learning products Rosetta Stone Language Learning V3 for Business and Rosetta Stone Advanced English for Business to Acesse’s 400.000 customers through a new continuing education product called Acesse University.

Besides language training Acesse University will offer courses in Internet marketing, business fundamentals and technical skills, aiming to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the skills needed to stay competitive in a global market.

Full Release after the break.

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Pope Francis launches Global Online School Network Scholas.Social

Cross-published on EDUKWEST Europe.

Pope Francis officially launched Scholas.Social at a dedicated event in Vatican City. Scholas.Social is a new global, multi-religious and multi-cultural network that aims to connect schools through collaboration, encounter and shared interest.

The platform enables students and teachers across the globe to share projects and learn from each other. They can ask for help which can be given in different ways, from sharing the project over monetary or resource donations to volunteering in the project. This way, Scholas.Social takes a page from the crowdfunding playbook but adds non-monetary ways to support, as well.

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Programme Multilingualism in Europe

Programme: Multilingualism in Europe

When: September 17th 2014
Where: The Glasshouse Building – 2 Trematon Walk (Off Wharfdale Road) – Regent’s Quarter – N1 9SR London – United Kingdom


Admission & Welcome (2:30pm – 3pm)

  • Matthias Ick, Macmillan Digital Education

Session 1: Policy (3pm – 4:15 pm)

  • Keynote: Nicolas de Santis, BRAND EU
  • Presentation: Nicholas Niggli, Embassy of Switzerland in the UK
  • Presentation: Niss Jonas Carlsson, Brainglass
  • Panel Discussion, Q&A

Coffee Break (4:15pm 4:30pm)

Session 2: Business (4:30pm – 5:45pm)

  • Keynote: Armin Hopp, Speexx
  • Presentation: Florence Mele, ESCP Europe
  • Presentation: Prashant Raizada, EnglishUp
  • Panel Discussion, Q&A

Coffee Break (5:45pm – 6:00pm)

Session 3: Innovation (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

  • Presentation: Kirsten Winkler, EDUKWEST
  • Presentation: Mait Müntel, Lingvist
  • Open Mic / Pitch Session

Networking (7:00pm – 8:30pm)

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