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Brazilian edtech Descomplica announces the acquisition of university center UniAmérica

The acquisition of UniAmérica is the first move in an aggressive expansion plan, with investment goals totaling about BRL 1 billion over the next three years

Marco Fisbhen, CEO of Descomplica. Photo: Courtesy/Descomplica
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  • In just over a year of operation, Descomplica’s graduate program has more than 55,000 students enrolled;
  • With the acquisition of UniAmérica, Descomplica’s higher education arm multiplies its portfolio sixfold, from the current 4 courses to 22 undergraduate options.

Brazilian edtech startup Descomplica has announced the acquisition of university center UniAmérica for an undisclosed amount. The move into the higher education segment comes less than a year after the startup launched its higher education vertical – Faculdade Descomplica – and four months after announcing a BRL 450 million round from SoftBank.

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“Our expansion is happening at the speed of the transformations that education is going through. There was already a significant change in the correlation of forces in this market, which speed up by the pandemic, and Descomplica is very well positioned: we are a reference in digital education, we offer the most popular courses, and now, with UniAmérica, we gain agility to further expand our operations,” says Marco Fisbhen, CEO of Descomplica, in a press release.

In a little over a year of operation, Descomplica’s graduate program has more than 55,000 students enrolled, while Descomplica College’s undergraduate program has 100% of its vacancies filled.

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The acquisition of UniAmérica is the first step in an aggressive expansion plan, with investment targets totaling about BRL 1 billion over the next three years, both in organic growth and through new acquisitions.

During this period, the brand intends to become the largest post-graduation institution in Brazil and gain more space in undergraduate courses, with a value proposition that combines technological innovation, modern teaching methodologies and the offering of the most sought after careers today, especially in the areas of engineering, technology and business.

“The investments we will make in the coming years will multiply our participation in the university market tenfold. With UniAmérica, which, like Descomplica, is recognized for teaching excellence and innovation, we take another significant step in that direction,” says Daniel Pedrino, CEO of Faculdade Descomplica unit.

With the acquisition of UniAmérica, the higher education arm of Descomplica multiplies its portfolio sixfold, from the current 4 courses to 22 undergraduate options.

With 5 million students per month in all its educational fronts, Descomplica operates 100% online. With the acquisition of UniAmérica, Descomplica follows up on the goals agreed upon with investors at the beginning of the year. Among them is the increase in the number of the employees, today already reaching more than 750 people.

“We want to build the largest college in Brazil, quickly reaching one million students in the 100% digital model. To do this, we will continue to bet on what we understand is fundamental to engage students: a digital pedagogy enabled by technology, which helps us bring education to students from different locations in the country and from different socioeconomic classes,” Fisbhen adds.

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