Wize, a full-suite EdTech offering for secondary and post-secondary students, has acquired EssayJack, an Ottawa-based startup that develops tools and templates for academic writing.
According to a press statement, the combined platform will support students in building lasting numeracy and literacy skills that will carry them through high school, university, and the economy.
EssayJack was launched in 2014 by Lindy Ledohowski, a former high school English teacher and university professor, with her husband Rueban Balasubramanian, an associate professor at Carleton University, after seeing students persistently struggle with essay writing. The startup has helped over 30,000 students master academic writing, everything from book reports to persuasive speeches to academic essays.
Commenting on the development and how the combined platform will further support student success, Cyrus Moradian, CEO of Wize, said in a statement,
“Our acquisition of EssayJack rounds out our core curricular content by complementing our robust STEM offering with a world-class literacy tool. We know that students and educators alike are hungry for resources that build students' knowledge and confidence – not just take a shortcut to the answer. Our combined platform will help students understand, critically evaluate, and effectively communicate in STEM, English, and beyond."
Expressing his excitement, Moradian further said that the addition of EssayJack will increase the value and reach of its offering in advance of its new All-Access Pass on-demand subscription, which the company will launch this 2021-2022 academic year. With the inclusion of EssayJack's tools, he added the platform will have the most cost-effective and impactful STEM and literacy supplemental learning offering in the market.
Wize offers video lessons, guided practice problems, and prep courses. The startup has helped more than 100,000 students excel in STEM subjects.
Lindy Ledohowski, Co-founder & CEO of EssayJack, added,
"This pandemic has changed education. When Cyrus and I first met, it was our mutual goal of seeing all students succeed that started us on a path to joining forces. With the huge learning loss unequally experienced by students in North America, we knew now was the time to combine our efforts to most effectively support student and educator success."
As part of the acquisition, Lindy Ledohowski will join Wize's leadership team as Vice President of Operations.
Wize and EssayJack will be launching in schools, colleges, and universities across Canada and the United States this August 2021. The combined platform’s content will be available to students through the All-Access Pass for one low monthly fee, according to a statement.