Boomwriter and Walch merge to form BW Walch
Milton-based EdTech developer and publisher, BoomWriter Media Inc., (BoomWriter) has merged with education powerhouse Walch Education. This puts the combined company on the map as the leading provider of applications supporting the core fundamentals of education.
BW Walch, as the umbrella company will be known, brings a partnership that offers complete solutions for schools and teachers to create engaging in-class experiences and to provide better learning outcomes for students across all age groups.
“This is a perfect merger of capabilities,” says Al Noyes, CEO of Walch, “Walch has been a trusted provider of quality educational resources for over 80 years and most recently launched the Curriculum Engine, a cloud-based tool to help teachers and schools take control of and personalize their curriculum. We are now adding engaging and effective applications for reading and writing in the classroom to our portfolio and joining forces with the talented BoomWriter team to help improve educational outcomes worldwide.”
“With so many start-ups in the EdTech industry there will be inevitable consolidation and lots of elimination of fledgling companies,” adds Chris Twyman, founder of BoomWriter. “Bringing Walch and BoomWriter together gets us ahead of the curve and together we provide a greater portfolio of engaging educational solutions.”
BW Walch has over 1m registered users of its technology solutions combined. In March 2022 alone it saw over 6m reading logs and more than 72,000 books written, using its unique collaborative writing tools. In 2020/2021 the two companies launched two major technology solutions: GoRead and the Curriculum Engine. GoRead won the top prize at the BETT Awards and the math flagship, Curriculum Engine, won a Tech Edvocate award. The Curriculum Engine and BW Walch’s math content is being used in hundreds of classrooms with tens of thousands of students achieving outstanding results.
Prior to the merger, BoomWriter acquired UK-based businesses Squirrel Learning (Squirrel) and Axe Edge to help grow operations and service solutions that empower teachers to bring classroom learning into the 21st century. The relationship between BoomWriter and Squirrel has been long established, with BoomWriter previously investing in the company’s platform.
These acquisitions were made possible through both organic revenue growth as well as a significant investment from Alexander Elorriaga, a venture partner at Scale Capital and chairman of SimpleTV. Mr Elorriaga also joins BoomWriter as a strategic advisor. With his extensive experience in the TV industry combined with a proven track record of leading large-scales operations Mr. Elorriaga adds edutainment expertise to the BoomWriter team.
“BoomWriter is producing magic in the classroom”, said Mr. Elorriaga. “The blurring of the entertainment and education world is the holy grail for increasing engagement in the classroom. BoomWriter does this without sacrificing the delivery of a rounded educational experience.”