The Briefing: Atheneum Raises $150M For Research Platform, Leapwork Lands $62M, And More

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Atheneum picks up $150M for research platform

Atheneum, a startup providing a platform for companies to carry out research based on virtual interviews and surveys, raised $150 million in a funding round led by Guidepost Growth Equity.

Founded in Berlin, the 11-year-old company currently operates 10 offices around the globe. The company markets its offering as a research-as-a-service model, targeting companies, consultancies and investment firms.

Leapwork lands $62M

Copenhagen-based Leapwork, a no-code testing automation platform provider, raised $62 million in a Series B round led by KKR and Salesforce Ventures1. The financing brings total funding to date for the 6-year-old company to around $72 million.

Picsart raises $130M

Photo and video editing platform Picsart raised $130 million in a round led by Softbank Vision Fund 2, the company said Thursday. Picsart is now valued at more than $1 billion with over $100 million in annual revenue run rate and more than 150 million monthly active users, according to the company. The San Francisco-based company has raised $195 million in total funding.

— Sophia Kunthara


Aumni closes $50M Series B: Salt Lake City-based Aumni, an investment analytics platform which analyzes a firm’s investment documents, closed on its Series B funding of $50 million led by JP Morgan. New investors Pelion Venture Partners, joined the round as well as WndrCo, Citadel Securities, Invesco Private Capital, Vanderbilt University and Kera Capital. Existing investors also participated including SVB Financial Group, DLA Piper, Next Frontier Capital, Kickstart Fund, First Trust Capital Partners and Prelude Fund.

— Gené Teare

Funding rounds

PawaPay snags $9M: PawaPay, provider of a mobile payments platform for African markets, raised $9 million in a fresh financing led by MSA Capital and 88mph.

— Joanna Glasner

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