2021-03-18 07:30Press release

Two Key Players in the Education Technology Industry Announce Intent to Join Forces

Two Key Players in the Education Technology Industry Announce Intent to Join Forces

Ouriginal’s Move To Address A Changed EdTech Landscape

(STOCKHOLM, 18 March 2021) - Ouriginal, one of the Nordic’s leading providers of text-matching solutions for plagiarism prevention and text-similarity detection, announces that its current owners have signed an agreement with Turnitin LLC with the intention to divest Ouriginal to Turnitin. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. By becoming part of Turnitin, Ouriginal will be able to expand its reach, allowing more customers to benefit from its innovative solutions. Additionally, as part of a global organization, Ouriginal will be in a better position to adapt to the rapidly changing EdTech landscape.

The year 2020 has been a watershed for the EdTech industry in terms of growth and maturity. Digital solutions have proven to be essential for education. For EdTech companies like Ouriginal, this resulted in two key developments: A demand for reliable, state-of-the-art solutions that address the current and future needs of educators; and increased attention on the industry from both, bigger global corporations as well as investors. Following the successful launch as a new brand in 2020 and the appreciated service the company provides to its customers, in March 2021, an agreement was signed with Turnitin LLC with the intention to divest Ouriginal to Turnitin.

“Ouriginal has a proven track record of delivering high-quality, cutting-edge and reliable solutions for education. We know our customers' needs, and want to be able to address them in the future as well,” says Andreas Ohlson, CEO of Ouriginal. “For that, we need the resources to develop and maintain these solutions globally, as well as provide a high standard of customer service. Becoming part of Turnitin enables us to realize these objectives. For us, Turnitin is the right partner to help us meet our future goals.”

“Turnitin and Ouriginal share a commitment to upholding the integrity of education,” said Chris Caren, CEO of Turnitin. “By joining forces, we expand our geographic reach and give more customers access to high-quality text similarity checking solutions. We are eager to grow with Ouriginal and help even more educators ensure academic integrity and students do their best, original work.”

The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory review. Customers will experience no change in their services and will continue to work with the existing Ouriginal team and services even upon finalization of the acquisition.

If you have any questions regarding the intended acquisition of Ouriginal, please reach out to our media spokesperson through press@ouriginal.com


About Turnitin

Turnitin is a global company dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and meaningfully improving learning outcomes. For more than 20 years, Turnitin has partnered with educational institutions to promote honesty, consistency, and fairness across all subject areas and assessment types. Our products are used by educational institutions and certification and licensing programs to uphold integrity and increase learning performance, and by students and professionals to do their best, original work.

Turnitin has offices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Over 15,000 academic institutions, publishers, and corporations use our services: Feedback Studio, Gradescope, iThenticate, Turnitin Originality, Turnitin Similarity, ExamSoft, and ProctorExam. 

About Procuritas

Procuritas Capital Investors VI (“PCI VI”) is a private equity fund focusing on mid-sized companies in the Nordic region. PCI VI launched in 2017, with 318 MEUR in committed capital. With a passion for business, extensive experience, and more than thirty years’ track record covering a large variety of transactions, Procuritas has supported more than 40 companies with the aim to accelerate their growth and realize their true business potential.

About Ouriginal

With more than three decades of knowledge and expertise, Ouriginal is the company that delivers cutting-edge technology in the field of text-matching and plagiarism prevention. Their software helps enhance the potential of students to think originally, saves time for teachers when evaluating assignments and assists corporates preserve their reputation.

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Verena Kunz-Gehrmann
Head of Marketing
Verena Kunz-Gehrmann
Verena heads up marketing and communications at Ouriginal. She is the person to get in contact with if you want to know more about the Ouriginal story.