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News : Verdane Capital IX Acquires Two Companies from Skagerak Maturo


Oslo, Norway, Sept 3, 2018 -- Verdane Capital IX has closed a transaction with Skagerak Maturo containing Skagerak Venture Capital I’s and Skagerak Seed Capital II’s ownership in Zisson, a provider of cloud-based communication centre software, and Penetrace, a provider of software tools to marketing professionals.

The plan is to launch the companies internationally.

Both Zisson and Penetrace have developed and market software solutions and technology that help business-to-consumer companies in their transformation to a cloud-based world of customer care and targeting. Penetrace, through a real-time dashboard of KPIs to measure the effectiveness of offline and online marketing campaigns. Zisson, through a cloud-based contact centre solution which makes end-customer communication better and easier. The company has doubled its revenues over the past three years.

"We are switchboard pioneers who have built a unique market position around our cloud-based contact center solution in Norway. We are grateful for the support from Skagerak Venture Capital and Skagerak Seed Capital and other owners on this journey. Now, we are excited to take our first step internationally, together with Verdane Capital IX," says André Jensen, CEO of Zisson.

Verdane Capital IX is investing to help the companies further strengthen their product offering and boost international growth.

"We are excited to announce this investment in two Norwegian high-growth technology companies. Both Zisson and Penetrace are equipped with strong teams and management. They have also been successful in building highly interesting solutions targeting attractive markets. We are looking forward to working together with the companies in building their international footprints," says Arne Handeland, Partner at Verdane Capital Advisors.

Skagerak Venture Capital and Skagerak Seed Capital see a strong potential for both Zisson and Penetrace going forward.

"We are proud to have been part of the companies’ growth together with excellent employees, management teams and other owners. Today, both Zisson and Penetrace have a solid platform to accelerate their businesses in the Nordics and beyond, and we are looking forward to following the companies in the years to come," says Erik E Tønnesen, Managing Partner at Skagerak Maturo.


Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent

About Verdane:
Company LogoVerdane is a growth equity investment firm that partners with Northern European tech-enabled businesses to help them reach the next stage of international growth. Verdane pioneered portfolio acquisitions in Northern Europe in 2003, and debuted a complementary direct investment strategy in 2018. Verdane’s more than 50 employees, based in Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Oslo and Stockholm, are dedicated to being the best growth partner in Northern Europe.
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