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Turnitin announces intent to acquire Ouriginal

Oakland, Calif.

Turnitin has entered into an agreement with Nordic private equity firm Procuritas to acquire Ouriginal, a company formed from the union of Urkund and PlagScan, established experts in plagiarism detection.

Ouriginal’s customer base located in the Nordic region and Germany complements Turnitin’s presence in other parts of Europe and around the world. This intended acquisition expands Turnitin and Ouriginal’s geographic reach, allowing more customers around the world to access products that help them ensure the integrity of education.

Ouriginal’s services combine text-matching with writing-style analysis to promote academic integrity and help prevent plagiarism. Its solutions can be used through learning management systems or as stand-alone products to foster fairness and spark creativity among students.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

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 businesses in preserving their reputation.

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.

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About Turnitin

Turnitin is a global company dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and meaningfully improving learning outcomes. For 25 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, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, The United Arab Emirates, 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 by Turnitin, ProctorExam, and Ouriginal.