ACG New York Women of Leadership - Entrepreneur Series
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley (Nasdaq: VRA), is the latest in a series of entrepreneurs highlighted at ACG New York Women of Leadership events. Photo credit: Robert Blumenfeld


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Today's Transactions:
McGraw Hill Ed Takes Stake in Area9

Area9 develops adaptive-learning technology that aims to deliver personalized education

New York-based McGraw Hill Education is buying a 20 percent stake in Area9 Aps, an adaptive-learning company.

Area9, headquartered in Copenhagen, develops adaptive-learning technology that aims to deliver personalized training and education. The technology alters the presentation of the material for individuals.Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

The two groups have worked together since 2007 to develop products, such as McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, a study tool, and LearnSmart Advantage, a suite of adaptive learning products.

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO) agreed to acquire the McGraw Hill Companies’ (NYSE: MHP) education unit for $2.5 billion in November. 

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