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Pathify Acquires Navengage for Student Engagement

Pathify's first acquisition puts two student engagement applications that compile information and resources at higher ed institutions under the same ownership.

The ed-tech software company Pathify, which makes engagement tools for university students and staff, acquired its first company last week: the student engagement company Navengage.

According to a news release, Navengage will operate under the Pathify umbrella and continue its partnership with the ed-tech company Anthology, formed in March 2023. Anthology hosts several applications, including the popular Blackboard Learn, a tool for online teaching and learning similar to Canvas or Google Classroom. Together, the two companies run Anthology Engage, the Anthology app dedicated to student engagement opportunities such as job fairs, clubs and workshops.

Details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Acquiring Navengage enables Pathify to significantly influence the student engagement space and better support Anthology customers,” Pathify CEO and co-founder Chase Williams said in a public statement.

Pathify’s website notes that while many institutions have worked hard to offer social events, mentoring opportunities and technology tools for students, they are not always easy to find. Pathify aims to make these accessible in one user experience, and Navengage is focused on tailoring that experience for each student.

Pathify's first acquisition follows a banner year in 2023, with 65 percent annual revenue growth and surpassing 1 million unique lifetime users and 100 U.S. institutions using their services, according to a news release in February. The company also announced new partnerships with the Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium, the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.

“More and more schools are recognizing the need to replace a long list of legacy solutions with our integrated experience hub,” Williams said in a public statement in February.

The February news release also said Pathify plans to debut a native AI-powered chatbot assistant later this year.