In 1898 Hans Svensson Hermod started the "Malmö Language and Trade Institute" which would later develop into what is today known as Hermods.
70 years later, another business that is now part of AcadeMedia began. In 1968 Romanian immigrant Mikael Elias started NTI. Mikael Elias came to Sweden in 1955 and with him brough his fascination with pedagogy, an interest that came to characterise his entire life. His fundamental theory was that all individuals can learn - as long as they have the appropriate attitude and conditions. One of his mottos was "You can become whatever you want, as long as you want it". This motto continues to live on within AcadeMedia.
Since 1898, AcadeMedia has had the time to write history. The preschool group Pysslingen was founded in 1984 and, despite a ban on grants for independent day care centres being introduced the same year (the so-called Lex Pysslingen), the group became the first in Sweden to run independent preschools.
Political reforms have since then changed the market. When the independent school reform was introduced in 1992, a large number of entrepreneurs started their own schools. Many of the education companies that are today part of AcadeMedia, such as the founded in 1993 Vittra and the founded in 1998 IT-Gymnasiet resulted from this deregulation.