Corus Entertainment plans to invest in Fingerprint Digital, a mobile gaming startup specializing in educational applications for children.

The Corus investment, an undisclosed amount, will help expand the San Francisco-based company's learning and entertainment platform, known as Fingerprint Play.

The Fingerprint Play platform, consisting of 14 apps with 20 million minutes of play time accumulated, launched in December of 2011, and is available on Apple's iOS for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Fingerprint plans to include Android devices and add eight new gaming apps by the end of 2012.

“We are excited about Corus’ investment in our company. This partnership enables us to leverage Corus’ experience in the kids’ realm and will allow Fingerprint to increase our offerings to older children, expand internationally and deliver new games that kids love and parents trust on all platforms, from iOS to Android,” said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO and co-founder of Fingerprint.

In addition to numerous radio and television assets, Corus owns Nelvana, one of the world’s leading creators, producers and distributors of children’s animated programming including recognized brands as Babar, Franklin and Beyblade.

Corus’ Colin Bohm, the managing director of Nelvana Enterprises, has agreed to join the board of Fingerprint Digital.

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