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upGrad’s plans for Exampur acquisition fall through

Edtech unicorn upGrad’s acquisition of Exampur, an online learning startup for competitive examinations, has fallen through, CEO Arjun Mohan confirmed on the sidelines of Huddle Global, a conference held by Kerala Startup Mission.

While Arjun did not go into details, he shared that certain things between the companies did not match. Business Standard had earlier reported that the acquisition may hit a roadblock.

“This is very common to happen in an acquisition,” he added.

Exampur is yet to respond to a query sent by YourStory.

In August 2022, the edtech company said that it was acquiring Exampur for an undisclosed amount in a cash-and-share swap deal.


What’s helping upGrad stay on the radar of investor interest and growth

upGrad has acquired 11 startups in the past two and a half years. In the last couple of months, it acquired Delhi-based edtech startup Harappa Education, Bengaluru-based recruitment and staffing firm Wolves, and corporate training startup Centum Training.

Last month, the company revealed its plans to consolidate all its mergers and acquisitions in India into One upGrad, and complete the integration process by March-June 2023. 

Since its inception, the startup has acquired 14 companies under different verticals—upskilling and reskilling programmes, test prep, courses for college students, study abroad segment, and short skilling courses. 

In August this year, upGrad also raised $210 million from ETS Global, Bodhi Tree, Singapore’s Kaizen Management Advisors, and the family offices of Bharti Airtel, Narotam Sekhsaria, and Lakshmi Mittal’s Artian Investments, along with existing investors Temasek, IFC, and IIFL. 

Edited by Affirunisa Kankudti

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