These are the investments and acquisitions related to part ten of my year-in-review series.

Investments in Behavior Management Companies

  • Hero K12 raised $150 million in June from private equity firm BV Investment Partners
  • Flipd raised an undisclosed amount of funding in August from Ryerson Futures Inc and Candice Faktor

Acquisitions in Behavior Management

  • Hero K–12 acquired SchoolMint in October

Investments in “Social Emotional Learning” Companies

  • Panorama Education raised $16 million in November from Emerson Collective, Spark Capital, Owl Ventures, SoftTechVC, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Peekapak raised $940,000 in September from Imagine K12, Umang Gupta, Voqal Education, and JOLT. It also received a grant (an undisclosed amount) from NewSchools Venture Fund

Investments in Brainwave Monitoring Companies

  • InteraXon raised $11.6 million in November from OMERS Ventures, Export Development Canada, and Trend Forward Capital. It’s raised some $28.8 million total for its MUSE headset

It’s really striking to me that a “trend” that Edsurge and Education Week would cover so extensively this year would have such little investor activity. Of course, ClassDojo, arguably the best known company in this area, isn’t listed above. It’s raised $31 million total (receiving its latest round of funding last year). But there are just 6 companies listed in Edsurge’s product database that sell social-emotional stuff. Is this t thing?

Audrey Watters


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