Unacademy to acquire Mastree and PrepLadder

As investor interest in edtech spikes, the bigger players are almost going into a frenzy to make deals and expand across verticals

Online test-prep company Unacademy is close to buying two smaller edtech startups—Mastree and PrepLadder—for an undisclosed amount. An announcement to the effect is likely very soon, according to people close to the development. (Update: Unacademy in a press conference today officially announced the PrepLadder acquisition, for $50 million in cash and stock.)

News of the deal comes amid a flurry of activity in the education technology sector. According to data from Venture Intelligence, venture capital companies have invested $785 million in edtech firms across 23 deals in the first six months of the year. That is almost twice the amount they had spent in the sector last year.

The larger startups, from Byju’s to Unacademy to Vedantu, have been targeting acquisition after acquisition, often encroaching onto each other’s turfs. We decode the rapid shift in Indian edtech.

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