Baltimore’s Curiosityville Acquired by Education Giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

May 20, 2014

10:06 am

Baltimore-based Curiosityville, an education tech video game startup, was reportedly purchased by global education powerhouse, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), according to the Baltimore Business Journal. The acquisition was announced this morning for an undisclosed price.

Curiosityville provides children between the ages of three and eight with an online, personalized learning environment, utilizing animated video games to teach basic math and literacy skills. HMH’s acquisition of the ed tech startup marks the company’s attempt to further expand its education resources in early childhood development.

“Curiosityville fits perfectly with our mission and commitment to cultivating curiosity and a passion for learning in young children,” said Linda Zecher, President and CEO of HMH, in a statement. “We place enormous value in the impact of early childhood education, both at home and in pre-school settings, and believe that the incorporation of Curiosityville into our own robust offering for young learners will enable us to deliver a unique, engaging, research-based solution to parents and educators alike.”

Of course, Curiosityville will also benefit from the acquisition. The Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides education solutions around the world and is one of the top publishing houses in education. According to founder and CEO Susan Magsamen, “With HMH, we have the opportunity to extend the reach of Curiosityville even further.”

Magsamen launched Curiosityville in 2011. Prior to this acquisition, the company had raised $5 million in Series A funding.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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