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Updated 4/30/2019 - The acquisition of Turnitin by Advance, which was announced on March 6, 2019, closed on April 30, 2019.
Advance today announced the acquisition of Turnitin, a leading provider of education technology for academic integrity and writing solutions, from an investment entity affiliated with Insight Venture Partners, GIC and their co-investors.
Turnitin’s proprietary software promotes student authenticity, instructor effectiveness, and better educational outcomes. Through machine learning, computer vision, and advanced artificial intelligence, Turnitin’s products check for plagiarism in writing and code assignments, provide real-time feedback for students, and automate grading for teachers across multiple disciplines. Turnitin’s products are used by over 34 million students in over 15,000 K-12 and higher education institutions in 153 countries. Its global reach and network of clients, including educational and research institutions, corporations and governments, have enabled Turnitin to build an unparalleled database of content used to check for text similarity and verify authorship.
“We admire Chris Caren and his team, and Turnitin’s outstanding track record of enhancing integrity in written work at schools, universities, and publishers worldwide through cutting-edge technology,” said Steve Newhouse, Co-President of Advance. “Advance is committed to investing in innovative technologies and we are thrilled to add Turnitin to our portfolio. We look forward to working with Chris to further enhance the company’s core products, invest in emerging technologies, and explore new opportunities.”
“Today marks an exciting chapter in Turnitin’s development, and we are excited to be joining the Advance family of companies,” said Chris Caren, CEO of Oakland, California based Turnitin. “Advance’s long-term perspective and commitment to education make them the perfect partner to help Turnitin advance our mission of engaging students and teachers worldwide. We would like to thank Insight and GIC for their support over the past few years which enabled us to scale the platform and we look forward to taking the company to the next level with Advance.”
“We are pleased to have supported Turnitin’s growth the past five years,” said Deven Parekh, Managing Director at Insight. “It has been a pleasure to work with Chris and the management team and we are confident Advance will be a great steward going forward. We wish them all success for the future.”
Advance is a family-owned company that operates and invests in a broad range of technology, media and communications businesses globally. The acquisition of Turnitin marks the second significant acquisition under its multi-billion dollar capital deployment initiative, following the purchase of Stage Entertainment in late 2018.
The transaction has no financing condition and is subject to customary regulatory approvals, with closing anticipated in the second quarter of 2019. The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Advance was advised by Evercore and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Turnitin, Insight and GIC were advised by UBS and Goodwin Procter LLP.
Advance is a private, family-owned and operated business. Our mission is to build the value of the company over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation of a diversified portfolio spanning media, communications, technology, and other promising growth areas. Advance’s portfolio of exceptional companies includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, American City Business Journals, Sports Business Group, 1010data, and Stage Entertainment. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Discovery, Charter Communications and reddit. For further information, please visit www.advance.com.
About Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight currently has over $20 billion of assets under management and has cumulatively invested in more than 300 companies worldwide. Our mission is to find, fund, and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on growth expertise to foster long-term success. Across our people and our portfolio, we encourage a culture around a core belief: growth equals opportunity. For more information on Insight and all its investments, visit www.insightpartners.com or follow us on Twitter @insightpartners.
GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to manage Singapore’s foreign reserves. As a long-term value investor, GIC is uniquely positioned for investments across a wide range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, private equity, real estate, and infrastructure. In private equity, GIC invests through funds as well as directly in companies, partnering with its fund managers and management teams to help world-class businesses achieve their objectives. GIC has investments in over 40 countries and has been investing in emerging markets for more than two decades. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC employs over 1,500 people across 10 offices in key financial cities worldwide. For more information about GIC, please visit www.gic.com.sg.
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. Turnitin 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, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Over 16,000 academic institutions, publishers, and corporations use Turnitin services: Gradescope by Turnitin, iThenticate, Turnitin Feedback Studio, Turnitin Originality, Turnitin Similarity, ExamSoft, ProctorExam, and Ouriginal.